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India 266-5 (Dhawan 119, Yuvraj Singh 55) beat
West Indies 263-5 (Samuels 71) by five wickets
Third One-Day International, Kanpur
Shikhar Dhawan scored a century as India chased down a challenging target of 264 to beat the West Indies by five wickets in the decisive third One-Day International in Kanpur.
Marlon Samuels, Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo all scored half-centuries for the West Indies as they posted 263 for five but India were able to overhaul their target with almost four overs to spare.
Dhawan stroked 119 in 95 balls while Yuvraj Singh made 55 and Suresh Raina 34 to ensure the home side won the series 2-1.
This was Kanpur's first international in four years and the two sides produced a good contest, with the West Indies at various points looking as if they might be set for a larger total as Samuel hit 71, Powell and 70 and Bravo 51 before they fell away, Ravichandran Ashwin taking two for 45.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja took a wicket apiece.
India lost in-form Rohit Sharma for four and Virat Kohli for 19 but Dhawan, who struck 20 fours, joined forces with Yuvraj Singh, who hit 55 in 74 balls, and then Raina, to take India to the brink.
Unsurprinsingly, it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni there at the end when the winning runs were hit, unbeaten on 23 in as man balls.
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