West Indies 283 for 9 (Hope 95, Nurse 40, Bumrah 4-35, Kuldeep 2-52) v India
The West Indies followed a familiar pattern in Pune, as in the first two ODI, with their higher order failing against the rhythm and their middle order succumbing to the turn. But a measured 95 of Shai Hope, followed by a late increase in tailor Ashley Nurse, finally led to a promising total.
Hope's second consecutive score of more than fifty raised the West Indies to 283, only 12 less than the average score in the first innings in Pune. He entered when starter Chandrapaul Hemraj was killed by a dazzling capture of the 37-year-old MS Dhoni, who tracked a big right pull on his shoulders as he ran to the limit of the thin leg, and completed a diving catch in the sixth. But, as in the tied game at Visakhapatnam, Hope found little support from Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels as Jasprit Bumrah, the best bowler in India with 4 for 35, and Khaleel Ahmed reduced the visitors to 55 by 3 in the 14th. .
The West Indies momentarily found their way later, when the consistent Shimron Hetmyer came to his aid again and, along with Hope, added 56 runs in 45 installments to the fourth field. It ended when Hetmyer's unsuccessful slog sweeping attempt resulted in the 114th Dhoni scandal, as visitors were again trapped.
It was Kuldeep Yadav who broke the dangerous society, bothering Hetmyer with a fuller ball and inviting the batter to advance at full speed. The ball launched and turned away from the southpaw, and when Hetmyer realized that the goalkeeper had withdrawn his bail, Ian Gould was already signaling for the television referee. Kuldeep then tricked Rovman Powell four laps later with a dive delivery that seemed more complete than it really was. Powell batted wildly and put an end to his first landslide, where Rohit Sharma caught him.
Rohit also clung to another good catch on the slips, when in the eighth inning, Bumrah, returning to the side after resting, found the outer edge of Kieran's bat with a short ball that crammed the batter. Looking to defend himself while walking on tiptoe, the movement away from the ball was too much for Kieran to deal with, giving a premature end to a promising possibility, at 21. Before that, Bumrah had upset Hemraj with short deliveries originating from a stump line. , eventually forcing an error.
While Hetmyer battled with Hope during his fourth place of 56, there were nuances from his tempting 144-race association in Visakhapatnam. Hetmyer found his rank early, depositing Yuzvendra Chahal for two six and Kuldeep for another, but once he dropped by 37, his lowest point of the series, India could breathe easy again.
Then, Hope took over the proceedings, playing the slowest players around the V & # 39; for those of one and two years old, while facing the inexperienced Khaleel. He struck the pacemaker on his left arm through the decks at the beginning of his entrances and, as the afternoon wore on, it was easier for Hope to find the boundary between the rapids. A strangulation spell by the spinners in the middle slowed Hope's progress, but when Khaleel returned for her third spell in the 33rd, Hope cut a point and lifted her bat after compiling another half-century.
With Jason Holder at the other end, Hope accelerated toward the end. He swept Kuldeep to the limit and threw Khaleel over Midwicket after reaching his fifties, helping the West Indies move toward the 200-race mark that looked defiant when they had been five down at 121. Holder, too, found his foot , moving towards Kuldeep. Leg break just above the bowler's head to lengthen. But the partnership broke down in the 39th final, when Holder transferred Bhuvneshwar Kumar to substitute outfielder Ravindra Jadeja in the timeout.
Chahal joined the windows when debutant Fabian Allen tried to drag a slog against the turn to prolong it. Bumrah then handed the ball in the afternoon. With Hope in '95 and looking back over the centuries, Bumrah threw a spiky New Yorker who sneaked after originating outside the stump. Hope sought to defend and keep the ball away, but by the time he dropped his bat, his stump had already been crushed.
With the tail exposed, Kemar Roach and Nurse added 56 runs of 36 balls, including three six, five and many slogs, to give a late boost to the West Indies. Bhuvneshwar finished with 1 for 70, his final over 21 races. The nurse, in particular, looked threatening, hitting 181.81. By the time he was trapped by Lbw, in the 50th by Bumrah, the West Indies had crossed the 280-race mark.
Sreshth Shah is a subeditor at ESPNcricinfo
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