West Indies Hit Back With 103-Run Victory

West Indies Hit Back With 103-Run Victory
West Indies Hit Back With 103-Run Victory
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West Indies 249-8 (Pollard 70) beat
India 146 (Martin 4-36) by 103 runs
Fourth One-Day International, Antigua

The West Indies took their first victory at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and they made it a big one with a 103-run win over India in the fourth One-Day International.

Half-centuries from, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons guided the West Indies to 249 for eight before Anthony Martin and Andre Russell shared seven wickets to bowl India out for 146.

It was India's first defeat since they were beaten by South Africa in the World Cup and the West Indies scored their first win since India arrived earlier this month.

Simmons once again anchored the innings with 67 and held things together as the West Indies slipped to 89 for four before his dismissal 103 for five.

Pollard then hit 70 in 72 balls, rebuilding the innings with Carlton Baugh (39) and Russell (25), Pollard hitting two sixes and displaying some powerful straight hitting before he was caught in the deep.

On another slow turning pitch, Indian spinners excelled and only 20 overs were bowled by pacers Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma, although Kumar picked up three for 37.

India were quickly in trouble when they batted, losing Manoj Tiwary (2), Virat Kohli (22), Subramaniam Badrinath (12) and Parthiv Patel (26) - the latter to a fine caught and bowled by Darren Sammy.

In-form batsman Rohit Sharma scored 39 but he became one of leg-spinner Martin's four victims as the West Indies closed out an impressive victory with India lasting just 39 overs.

Russell, who has made a big impact on the series since being given a chance in the previous game, removed Badrinath, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kumar to take three for 16.

India now lead the series 3-1 with one match remaining.

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