Tiwary Ton Sets Up Win Despite Pollard Heroics
India 267-6 (Tiwary 104, Kohli 80) beat
West Indies 233 (Pollard 119) by 34 runs
Fifth One-Day International, Chennai
Manoj Tiwary and Kieron Pollard both scored their maiden One-Day International centuries before India won the fifth and final game in Chennai by 34 runs.
Tiwary stroked 104 as India posted 267 for six but Pollard's 119 ensured India were pushed hard before they eventually sealed a 4-1 series win.
Tiwary had never previously scored more than 24 but his innings along with Virat Kohli's 80 put India on course for a winning total.
Kohli was then in the thick of the action at the end of the game as it was his dropped catch on the boundary that allowed Pollard to move from 99 to 103 but he was the most relieved man on the field when the all-rounder was the last man to fall when he was caught by Ajinkya Rahane off Suresh Raina.
He faced 110 balls, hitting four fours and ten sixes in an outstanding display which saw him add 89 in quick time with Andre Russell, who smashed 53 in 42 balls, for the sixth wicket as the West Indies almost came back from being reduced to 78 for five.
Pollard stood alone once Russell had fallen but took on the Indian bowlers before he fell short.
Ravindra Jadeja (3-62), Abhimanyu Mithun (2-32) and Irfan Pathan (2-42) took the key wickets to undermine Pollard's charge while leg-spinner Rahul Sharma bowled Sunil Narine for eight, which left Pollard batting with Kemar Roach, who was quickly bowled by Jadeja, and Anthony Martin, who did not get to face a ball.
Earlier, Roach had grabbed two wickets in two balls to remove Rahane and Parthiv Patel without scoring in the first over and Martin trapped Gautam Gambhir - captain in place of a rested Virender Sehwag - in front for 31.
From 84 for three, Tiwary and Kohli could not be separated unti Tiwary retired hurt having faced 126 balls, hitting ten fours and a six.
Kohli faced 85 balls, scoring five boundaries before cameos from Rohit Sharma (21) and Raina (16) carried India past the 250-mark.
Roach returned figures of two for 46 and Martin two for 47.
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