India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scored with an unbeaten 78, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets as they beat the West Indies by 93 runs in a one-day international on Friday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
India eked out 251-4 off their 50 overs on a slow pitch in North Sound, Antigua in the third ODI, after the first match was washed out and the tourists cruised to victory in the second.
The West Indies were never in the hunt in reply, all out for 158 off 38.1 overs in another mediocre performance at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
“I think it was a clinical performance again,” India captain Virat Kohli said in an on-field interview.
About the only thing that disappointed Kohli was losing the toss and being sent in.
“Early on there was quite a bit of moisture,” he said. “It was a good toss to win and they bowled really well. It was a good batting effort to get us to [at least] 250.”
A 66-run third-wicket stand between Ajinkya Rahane, who compiled a patient 72 off 112 deliveries, and Yuvraj Singh (39) set the visitors on the road to a decent score, before Dhoni took over with a typically impressive run-a-ball performance.
In reply, Jason Mohammed top-scored for the hosts with 40 before falling LBW to left-arm Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up 3-41, while the economical Ashwin collected 3-28 off his 10 overs.
West Indies captain Jason Holder praised his bowlers, but not for the first time rued the batting.
“Bowlers did a hell of a job,” he said. “We’ve got to address our batting.”
Kohli signaled that India would make several changes for the final two matches, the team’s enviable depth something the West Indies squad can only dream of.
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