India Vs West Indies,4th ODI
The tournament that nobody wanted and still staying the same way had at-last had a change in momentum and even though it was an very late momentum swing but still it is welcome. The west indies actually took a long time(3 matches) to realize that it was a second string side that was touring them and not the same team that lifted the trophy. and when they found it out India were already planning to play their 3rd string side. India already being wrapped up the series fielded some changes in their bowling armory and continued with their 2nd string batting line up(missing- shewag,sachin,gambhir,yuvi,dhoni). Raina after adding a feather to his cap by grasping his maiden series win won the toss yet again and with all the cliche’s happening around fielded again and restricted Windies to less than 250(actually 249) but with a little twiat of India ending up on the losing note this time around as sharma could not repeat his heroics again
The Windies once again had a poor start to the match batting first losing two quick wickets but opener simmons stayed a little longer this time saving his pride and there was another guy who was saving his pride and he is the tall and humungous Pollard after a failed IPL and a poor two matches played the savior role with an un pollard innings scoring 70 with less than a 100 strike rate.These heroics helped Windies score 249 their highest for this season setting a target of 250 in a turning pitch which was later claimed by martin as his backyard.
Then came the Indian openers and parthiv was as usual fluent and failed to convert his start and Tiwary was like a guy who came straight out of a horror movie poking outside off regularly and eventually got out(he would have been happy i think!). then the collapse started yet again as the previous match . parthiv returned back and much expected Badri also came back and kohli could do nothing after a decent time in the middle, rohit failed after a very promising start failing against martin , raina continued his poor form in foreign lands, Y.pathan went back faster than his shots used to be,Ashwin showed some prowess with the bat but could do very less considering the loss of wickets, praveen did not waste much energy and mishra and ishanth were formalities . martin spun it good as he took 4 wickets with kohli,rohit,and raina among his scalps . In the end India was bundled out in the 39th over for 146 and for the very first time Windies looked like a home team.
At-last Windies were showing class in the series and that is a good sign for the upcoming test series for the record India lost it’s very first match after the magical world cup finishing a 7 match streak. Martin who was adjudged the MoM was highly modest in his speech in which he told he never knows the word “Lose”. Man, he a west indian in the Sammy era don’t he knows that viv and clive have already retired and walsh and ambrose are writing columns and he sure has to come back to earth and play the next match.
For the very first time i’ve felt relieved that India lost. But still, gutted we should have done a white wash.