(ESPNCRICINFO) – India’s hit-the-deck bustle trumped West Indies as the hosts defended 237 to wrap up the ODI series, with one game left.
Prasidh Krishna led the way for India, returning extraordinary figures of 4 for 12 in nine overs and reminding everyone why he was picked ahead of Deepak Chahar once again.
On an Ahmedabad track that offered extra bounce and zip throughout the game, Prasidh relentlessly dug the ball into it and discomfited a Kieron Pollard-less West Indies line-up. Thirty-six of the 54 balls he bowled were short or short of a good length, according to ESPNcricinfo’s logs.
Shardul Thakur, too, regularly pounded the deck and was rewarded with the wicket of Jason Holder. Holder spliced a shoulder-high short ball from Thakur, which left West Indies 76 for 5 in the 22nd over.
Summarized scores: India 237 for 9 (Suryakumar 64, Rahul 49, Smith 2-29) beat West Indies 193 (Brooks 44, Hosein 34, Prasidh 4-12) by 44 runs