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  • PREVIEW: Windies Women aiming to buck losing trend

    DERBY, England, CMC – After heavy losses in their opening four games, an air of inevitably surrounds West Indies Women’s fifth match of the ICC Women’s World Cup against Sri Lanka Women here Sunday.

    The Caribbean side, the regining Twenty20 champions, have been shambolic throughout the tour and none of their performances to date have offered any hope that a turn around is imminent.

    To make matters worse, they lost their new-ball seamers Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman to injury a week ago, leaving their attack appearing even more toothless.

    If there is any consolation, however, it is that the Windies face a side also winless in their four games and one they have beaten several times in the past, and captain Stafanie Taylor hopes this can count for something.

    “Playing against Sri Lanka [in the past] we had some victories against them so coming into this game we would have that in the back of our minds,” Taylor told a media conference here Saturday.

    She added: “We know how important these games are, we know how good we are as a team so going into the rest of the games we just have to leave everything out there on the field.”

    West Indies’ batting has been at the core of their problems. They have batted first on each each occasion and failed to muster more than 205 – a total which came in their opener against reigning champions Australia women and resulted in an eight-wicket defeat in Taunton.

    Since then, they have managed totals of 183, a tournament-low 48 against South Africa Women and 150, with none of their batsmen managing a single half-century.

    Coupled with that, their bowling has lacked cutting edge and the fielding has been ordinary, leaving the Windies with plenty to pull together in order to mark their first win of the tournament.

    However, Taylor said despite the losing streak, the team had used the disappointments as a learning experience.

    “We know that expectactions are high but it’s a different format,” the Jamaican contended.

    “But we’ve learned and going back home we will take all that we’ve learned and move forward. The experience has been good. Sometimes things don’t go the way that you would like but it’s experience. We do have a couple new players so I’m sure they will take that experience as well moving forward.”

    West Indies have been already eliminated from contention from the final four and with only pride to play for, Taylor said the side wanted to salvage something from the tournament.

    “We rate all the games as being important so looking at the loss that we had previously, going forward now all games are pretty much must-win. We’re definitely playing for pride.”

    SQUADS:

    WEST INDIES – Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters, Kycia Knight, Subrina Munroe.

    SRI LANKA – Inoka Ranaweera (captain), Chandima Gunaratne, Nipuni Hansika, Chamari Athapaththu, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusooriya, Chamari Polgampala, Harshitha Madhavi, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Dilani Manodara, Prasadani Weerakkodi, Sripali Weerakkody, Eshani Lokusuriyage.

  • CWI Professional Cricket League | Squads for 2017-2018 season

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Player Draft of Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League was staged today at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston, Jamaica.

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  • Award Winners from WIPA/CWI annual awards ceremony

    Please see below the list of award winners from the WIPA/CWI annual awards ceremony held on Friday night at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica:

    Under-19 Team of the Year: Guyana

    Under-19 Cricketer of the Year: Joshua Bishop

    WIPA in the Community Award: Kameah Cooper

    First-Class Team of the Year: Guyana

    Regional Four-Day Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

    Regional Limited-Overs Cricketer of the Year: Ashley Nurse

    Regional T20 Cricketer of the Year: Dwayne Bravo

    Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

    ODI Cricketer of the Year: Jason Holder

    Test Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

    T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Andre Russell

    Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor

    Women’s T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor

    Windies Foundation Award: The Chris Gayle Foundation

    CWI Lifetime Award: Walter Eden St John

    WIPA Lifetime Award: Cleveland Davidson

    Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor

    Men’s Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

  • WATCH LIVE: WIPA/CWI Annual Awards Ceremony

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Watch the 2016/17 annual awards ceremony hosted by West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) live from Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

  • Kallicharan, Bishop hand Young Windies victory

    DURBAN, South Africa, CMC – Kirstan Kallicharan stroked an aggressive unbeaten half-century and left-arm spinner Joshua Bishoo claimed a six-wicket haul, as West Indies Under-19s defeated Kwazulu-Natal Coastal Academy by five wickets in a warm-up game here Thursday.

    Chasing 196 for victory at Hammond Field, the Young Windies motored to their target in the 29th over with the right-handed Kallicharan top-scoring with an unbeaten 87 off 57 deliveries.

    Opener Kegan Simmons supported with 45 while Jeavor Royal ended unbeaten on 33.

    Thula Ngcobo (2-26) and Mlungiseleli Gcado (2-48) finished with two wickets apiece.

    Bishop had earlier claimed six for 17 from six overs as the hosts reached 194 for nine off their 30 overs after opting to bat first.

    Opener W Rahman top-scored with 80 from 66 balls with seven fours and four sixes while Joel Veeran made 35 and Jason Wagner, 32.

    Rahman added 56 for the first wicket with Sithabiso Zungu (10) before putting on a further 55 for the fourth wicket with Veeran.

    When Rahman was dismissed in the 20th over, Veeran and Wagner came together to post 42 for the fifth wicket before Bishop helped run through the tail.

    In reply, the Windies Under-19s were struggling on 52 for three in the 13th over before Kallicharan arrived to blast them to victory.

    He struck five fours and six sixes and posted 49 for the fourth wicket with Simmons who faced 59 balls counted four boundaries.

    When the Caribbean side lost Simmons and Alick Athanaze (4) in the space of 14 deliveries, Kallicharan combined with Royal in an unbroken 73-run sixth wicket partnership to see their side home.

    Royal faced a mere 18 balls and struck four fours and a six.

    West Indies Under-19s take on South Africa Under-19s in the first of five Youth One-Day Internationals on Sunday at Chatsworth Oval.

  • Windies Women extend wretched run with fourth loss

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – West Indies’ misery at the ICC Women’s World Cup increased on Thursday when they produced yet another docile performance against New Zealand Women to lose by eight wickets and crash to their fourth straight defeat.

    In what has become the norm during the campaign, the Caribbean side meekly surrendered for 150 all out off 43 overs after being sent in at Somerset County Ground and then watched helplessly as the Kiwis stormed to the target in the 19th over.

    Veteran opener Rachel Priest slammed the fastever ever Women’s World Cup fifty en route to a stroke-filled 90 while Suzie Bates struck an unbeaten 40, to take their side to five points and fourth in the eight-team standings.

    West Indies, meanwhile, continued bottom without a point with virtually all hope extinguished of making the final four.

    Once again, their batting proved shambolic. Kyshona Knight, batting at number seven, top-scored with 42 while tail-ender Afy Fletcher finished on 23 not out and captain Stafanie Taylor and wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira both got 20.

    They were undermined by off-spinner Leigh Kasperek (3-17) and seamer Lea Tahuhu (3-39) who picked up three wickets apiece.

    West Indies’ promises of an improved showing came to nothing as they slumped to 10 for two in the fifth over with Tahuhu removing both openers cheaply.

    Left-hander Kycia Knight, who only arrived earlier this week as one of two injury replacements, had a miserable start to her campaign when she edged a low catch behind without scoring in the third over.

    And the in-form Hayley Matthews followed with one run added, top-edging a pull back to the bowler to depart for nine.

    Taylor and Chedean Nation (17) then revived the innings with a 43-run, third wicket stand but the partnership required 71 deliveries and put the Kiwis under little pressure.

    The right-handed Taylor, without a significant score in the series, struck four fours in 32 balls at the crease while Nation hit three boundaries in a 43-ball knock.

    Kasperek returned to trap Taylor LBW, sweeping at the first delivery of a new spell and her dismissal triggered a slide where West Indies lost three wickets without for no runs in the space of eight deliveries.

    Deandra Dottin horror run continued when she drove the very next delivery back to Kasperek to perish for a first-ball ‘duck’ and in the next over, Nation’s  vigil ended when she clipped leg-spinner Amelia Kerr to short mid-wicket where Amy Satterthwaite took a simple catch.

    Tottering on 53 for five in the 18th over, Kyshona Knight and Aguilleira combined in a 38-run stand to stablise the innings.

    The left-handed Kyshona, Kycia’s twin sister, looked composed in an innings lasting 60 deliveries and including seven fours while Aguilleira, in her 100th ODI, struck two fours and a six off 30 balls.

    The former skipper had just cleared the ropes at mid-wicket with Kasperek when she was unfortunately given out stumped off the next delivery even though replays showed her foot grounded behind the line.

    Her dismissal signalled the end of the last bit of resistance. Shanel Daley missed a heave at off-spinner Satterthwaite and was bowled in the 33rd over for her second consecutive ‘duck’ and Kyshona perished in the 40th over, bowled by pacer Holly Huddleston also missing a wild swing at 135 for eight.

    Fletcher struck four fours in her 37-ball innings but Anisa Mohammed (5) and Akeira Peters (0) failed to stay with her.

    In reply, Priest raced to her ninth half-century off a record 29 balls and all told belted 17 fours and two sixes, as she put on 120 for the first wicket with Bates who counted five fours off 43 deliveries.

    The right-handed Priest was in sight of her third career hundred when she picked out Daley at cover with a firm thump off off-spinner Mohammed in the 15th over.

    WEST INDIES WOMEN

    H Matthews c & b Tahuhu 9

    Kycia Knight c wkp Priest b Tahuhu 0

    *S Taylor lbw b Kasperek 20

    C Nation c Satterthwaite b Kerr 17

    D Dottin c & b Kasperek 0

    +M Aguilleira st Priest b Kasperek 20

    Kyshona Knight b Huddleston 41

    S Daley b Satterthwaite 0

    A Fletcher not out 23

    A Mohammed c Bates b Devine 5

    A Peters lbw b Tahuhu 0

    Extras (lb2, w13) 15

    TOTAL (all out, 43 overs) 150

    Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Kycia Knight, 2.5 overs), 2-10 (Matthews, 4.2), 3-53 (Taylor, 16.1), 4-53 (Dottin, 16.2), 5-53 (Nation, 17.2), 6-91 (Aguilleira, 27.2), 7-108 (Daley, 32.4), 8-135 (Kyshona A Knight, 39.1), 9-140 (Mohammed, 41), 10-150 (Peters, 43)

    Bowling: Tahuhu 7-0-39-3 (w1), Kasperek 10-6-17-3, Huddleston 6-1-16-1 (w2), Devine 8-0-35-1 (w4), Kerr 8-1-27-1 (w3), Satterhwaite 4-0-14-1.

    NEW ZEALAND WOMEN

    *S Bates not out 40

    +R Priest c Daley b Mohammed 90

    S Devine b Taylor 4

    K Martin not out 11

    Extras (w6) 6

    TOTAL (2 wkts, 18.2 overs) 151

    Did not bat: A Satterthwaite, K Perkins, M Green, L Kasperek, A Kerr, L Tahuhu, H Huddleston.

    Fall of wickets: 1-120 (Priest, 14.5 overs), 2-127 (Devine, 15.1)

    Bowling: Dottin 3-0-22-0 (w1), Peters 1-0-13-0 (w1), Taylor 5-0-27-1 (w3), Fletcher 2-0-22-0, Daley 3-0-20-0, Matthews 1-0-17-0, Mohammed 3.2-0-30-1.

    Result: New Zealand Women won by eight wickets.

    Points: New Zealand Women 2, West Indies Women 0.

    Player-of-the-Match: Leigh Kasperek.

    Toss: New Zealand Women.

    Umpires: Ahsan Raza, A Holdstock.

  • Kohli hundred batters Windies into series loss

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – West Indies were overpowered by a dazzling unbeaten hundred from India captain Virat Kohli, as they slumped to another series defeat with a heavy eight-wicket loss in the decisive fifth One-Day International here Thursday.

    Entering the contest at Sabina Park on a high following their sensational victory in the fourth ODI five days ago, the Windies were brought down to earth by Kohli’s high class 111 not out which helped the Asian powerhouses easily overhaul their target of 206 in the 37th over and clinch a 3-1 series victory.

    The century was Kohli’s 28th in ODIs and a record 18th in run chases, and provided the ideal finale for the series after he had struggled with failures in his previous two innings.

    He struck 12 fours and two sixes in a 115-ball knock and put on 79 for the second wicket with opener Ajinkya Rahane who made 39 off 51 balls before adding a further 122 in an unbroken stand with Dinesh Karthik, who stroked an unbeaten 50 from 52 deliveries.

    West Indies had earlier failed to capitalise on a strong start as their batting collapsed yet again and could only muster a hugely disappointing 205 for nine off their 50 overs.

    The increasingly dependable Shai Hope gathered a top score of 51 off 98 balls while his older brother Kyle Hope chipped in with an authoritative 46 off 50 deliveries.

    Captain Jason Holder slammed a frenetic 36 from 34 balls and all-rounder Rovman Powell, 31 from 32, but none of the top six could carry on to three figures.

    Seamer Mohammed Shami claimed four for 48 while new-ball partner Umesh Yadav picked up three for 53 with his pace.

    Opting to bat first on a good surface, West Indies appeared to be riding on the momentum of their recent win when they took the attack to India’s bowlers at the start.

    Kyle lashed nine fours in an attacking knock, dominating a 39-run opening stand with left-hander Evin Lewis (9) before adding 37 for the second wicket with his younger brother.

    Lewis never found his touch and lofted the 20th delivery he faced to mid-off where Kohli took the offering off seamer Hardik Pandya but Kyle put the Indians on the back foot with a pair of off-side boundaries in the fifth over off Umesh and another pair off Shami in the 10th over.

    His gusto got the better of him in the 16th over when after taking two consecutive boundaries of Umesh, he attempted a third and was taken at short mid-wicket by Shikhar Dhawan off a sharp pull at 76 for two.

    Roston Chase lasted one ball, plumb lbw to Umesh and Jason Mohammed added 39 for the third wicket with Shai Hope before slapping an innocuous delivery back to off-spinner Kedar Jadhav to perish for 16 at 115 for four in the 31st over.

    Going at a run rate of well under four, the Windies were in need of impetus and got it from Holder who slammed four fours and six in a 48-run fifth wicket stand with Shai Hope.

    The pair were wresting back control of the innings when Holder’s ambition cost him dearly, holing out to an excellent running catch at long-on by Dhawan off Shami in the 40th over.

    His dismissal triggered a slide from which the Windies never really recovered as four wickets fell quickly for just 19 runs.

    Shai struck five fours en route to raising his third half-century in the 38th over but skied a heave at Shami and watched as Rahane took a superb tumbling catch at mid-wicket in the 42nd over at 168 for six.

    Shami quickly cleaned up Ashley Nurse without scoring and Devendra Bishoo for six, leaving Powell to slam a pair of sixes down the end to get the Windies past 200.

    West Indies then got the early breakthrough they needed when the left-handed Dhawan tamely drove seamer Alzarri Joseph to Lewis at short cover to fall in the first over of India’s reply for four with five runs on the board.

    But the hosts squandered the chance at another wicket in the fourth over when Bishoo put down Rahane on five at point off off Holder. The miss proved costly as the right-hander combined with Kohli to put the innings on solid footing, in a knock that contained five fours.

    By time he played around a straight one from Bishoo and was lbw in the 19th over at 84 for two, India were well set and Kohli used the platform to plunder the Windies bowling.

    He brought up his half-century off 67 balls with a cover-driven boundary off off-spinner Nurse in the 22nd over and then required only another 41 deliveries to reach three figures.

    The right-hander stroked seamer Kesrick Williams to the wide long-on boundary to bring up the landmark before clearing the ropes at long on with off-spinner Chase to take his side over the line.

    WEST INDIES

    E Lewis c Kohli b Pandya 9

    K Hope c Dhawan b Yadav 46

    +S Hope c Rahane b Mohammed Shami 51

    R Chase lbw b Yadav 0

    J Mohammed c & b Jadhav 16

    *J Holder c Dhawan b Mohammed Shami 36

    R Powell c wkp Dhoni b Yadav 31

    A Nurse c Kuldeep Yadav b Mohammed Shami 0

    D Bishoo c wkp Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 6

    A Joseph not out 3

    K Williams not out 0

    Extras (lb1, w6) 7

    TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 205

    Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Lewis, 8.2 overs), 2-76 (K Hope, 15.5), 3-76 (Chase, 16), 4-115 (Mohammed, 30.3), 5-163 (Holder, 39.5), 6-168 (S Hope, 41.4), 7-171 (Nurse, 43.3), 8-182 (Bishoo, 47), 9-205 (Powell, 49.4)

    Bowling: Mohammed Shami 10-0-48-4, Umesh Yadav 10-1-53-3 (w3), Pandya 6-0-27-1 (w2), Jadeja 10-1-27-0, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-36-0, Jadhav 4-0-13-1 (w1).

    INDIA

    A Rahane lbw b Bishoo 39

    S Dhawan c Lewis b Joseph 4

    *V Kohli not out 111

    D Karthik not out 50

    Extras (lb1, w1) 2

    TOTAL (2 wkts, 36.5 overs) 206

    Did not bat: +MS Dhoni, K Jadhav, H Pandya, R Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, U Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

    Bowling: Joseph 7-0-39-1, Holder 8-1-35-0 (w1), Bishoo 8-0-42-1, Williams 8-0-40-0, Nurse 4-0-34-0, Powell 1-0-6-0, Chase 0.5-0-9-0.

    Result: India won by eight wickets.

    Series: India won five-match series 3-1.

    Man-of-the-Match: Virat Kohli.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Leslie Reifer; TV – C Gaffaney.

  • Grateful Aguilleira on the verge of “huge milestone”

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – Former skipper Merissa Aguilleira will become the third West Indies Women in two weeks to reach the coveted landmark of 100 One-Day Internationals when she suits up against New Zealand Women in the ICC Women’s World Cup on Thursday.

    The 31-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman has been a stable part of the squad since making her debut nine years ago and joins current captain Stafanie Taylor and all-rounder Deandra Dottin who celebrated the milestone last Thursday.

    Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, a former vice-captain, was first to the 100-club and has already played 104 ODIs.

    “It’s a huge milestone for me because I know a lot of people who could have gone out there and anything could have happened,” the Trinidadian said here Wednesday.

    “You could have gotten an injury and could have ended your career but I’m really thankful to know that God has given me the opportunity and I have been doing well so hopefully we can continue.

    “I want to say thanks to the entire team for being there. I know it would have been hard road but I’m here today and I’m thankful for it.”

    Aguilleira had a less than flattering debut in 2008, run out without scoring against the Netherlands in a four-match away series but rose to become a gritty middle order batsman and an inspirational leader.

    In fact, she led West Indies in 74 ODIs until being replaced by Taylor two years ago, and said she was simply thankful for the career she had managed to create.

    “When I started I just wanted to go out there and express myself and just represent the people of the Caribbean to the best of my ability,” she explained.

    “But I’m really thankful for the opportunity that God has given me and to know that I’ve used it in such a way and that I’ve inspired so many people and hopefully I can continue doing it.

    “I want to say thank you to everybody who has supported me – my coaches, the management staff, my family, my fans [and] everyone who has been in full support of me.”

    She continued: “God and God alone [has been the centre of my longevity]. He has been the centrestone of everything for me.

    “I’ve had times when I know it has been rough and yes I’ve had the full support of my family all the time but I must give it up to God because he’s in control of my life and I thank him very much.”

    Aguilleira finds herself in the midst of a crisis with the embattled West Indies side at the ongoing World Cup, with the team having lost all three of their opening games.

    She said her aim was to help them through the current challenging period.

    “I just want to go out there and give my best and really try and get the team together because I believe all teams go through something and I have full confidence this team is a strong team,” she pointed out.

    “We’re able to overcome whatever challenge is put forward but we just have to continue and keep believing in ourselves.”

  • Squad for Finolex Pipes T20 International | Windies vs India

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named the Windies 13-man squad for Finolex Pipes T20 International against India.

    The match will be played at Sabina Park on Sunday, July 9. First ball is 10:30 am (11:30am Eastern Caribbean Time).

    Experienced opening batsman Chris Gayle has been named in the squad. The left-hander is the highest run-maker for Windies in this format with 1,519 runs (average 35.32, strike rate 145.49), including two centuries. This will be his first T20 International at Sabina Park.

    All-rounder Jason Holder is being rested for the match.

    FULL SQUAD

    1. Carlos Brathwaite (Captain)
    2. Samuel Badree
    3. Ronsford Beaton
    4. Chris Gayle
    5. Evin Lewis
    6. Jason Mohammed
    7. Sunil Narine
    8. Kieron Pollard
    9. Rovman Powell
    10. Marlon Samuels
    11. Jerome Taylor
    12. Chadwick Walton
    13. Kesrick Williams

    Quotes from CWI Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne, on the squad: We welcome Chris back to the T20 squad. He is the most prolific batsman in this format and will add value to our team at the top of the order. He will get the chance to play on his home ground and against a top-quality Indian team.

    This squad has a good mix – experience within the batting and bowling – it is a well-balanced squad. Again, this is an opportunity for the young players to showcase their talent and for the experience players to perform and help nurture the young players.

  • Holder fires under-pressure Windies to sensational win

    NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – West Indies stunned India by 11 runs in a bizarre low-scoring encounter here Sunday to snap their losing streak and haul themselves back into the five-match series.

    All but written off after struggling to an inadequate 189 for nine off their 50 overs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean side bounced back spectacularly to bowl the tourists out for a shocking 178 with two balls remaining.

    At the heart of the effort was skipper Jason Holder who snatched a career-best five for 27 while fellow fast bowler Alzarri Joseph claimed two for 46.

    Opener Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 60 – his fourth consecutive score over fifty – while wicketkeeper MS Dhoni chimed in with 54 but none of the other batsmen showed any enterprise.

    Kyle Hope and Evin Lewis had earlier both top-scored with 35 in a 57-run opening stand, while Shai Hope made 25 and Roston Chase, 24.

    Seamers Umesh Yadav (3-36) and Hardik Pandya (3-40) hurt the innings with three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav picked up two for 31.

    The opening stand was a slow one requiring 87 balls and Kyle Hope had struck four boundaries in a 63-ball knock when he holed out to deep cover off Pandya in the 18th over.

    His opening partner Lewis followed in the 22nd over after counting two fours and two sixes off 60 deliveries when he tugged Kuldeep to Virat Kohli at short mid-wicket at 80 for two.

    Shai Hope and Chase then added 41 for the third wicket in a promising stand before West Indies suffered a dramatic decline and lost six wickets for 63 runs.

    For the second straight innings, Chase was deceived in flight and bowled by Kuldeep in the 32nd over and Shai Hope departed to a catch at the wicket, trying to run Pandya down to third man in the 35th over.

    A string of soft dismissals followed. Holder (11) gloved a leg-side catch behind off Umesh in the 39th over, Rovman Powell top-edged a swing and was caught at point for two in Umesh’s next over before Jason Mohammed (20) picked out point with Pandya in the 42nd over.

    Tottering on 162 for seven, West Indies then scraped together 27 runs from the last 52 balls, in a meek end to the innings.

    India started poorly in reply, losing three quick wickets to slump to 47 for three in the 13th over. Shikhar Dhawan (5) clipped Joseph to mid-on where Holder took a simple catch at 10 for one in the third over and captain Virat Kohli perished for three in the sixth over, top-edging a short one from Holder to be taken by wicketkeeper Shai Hope.

    Joseph then struck again when he had Dinesh Karthik caught at the wicket off a short ball for two, as West Indies took the initiative.

    Rahane and Dhoni then came together to halt the slide in a 54-run, fourth wicket stand which saw India past the 100-run mark.

    Right-hander Rahane faced 91 balls and struck seven fours while Dhoni uncharacteristically hit a single four in a 114-stay at the crease.

    Rahane completed his 18th ODI half-century in the 26th over before departing in the 31st over, caught at the wicket sweeping at leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and with with 15 runs added off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed Kedar Jadjav for 10 to a catch at the wicket to leave India 116 for five in the 36th over.

    Dhoni and Pandya put on a valuable 43 off 57 balls for the sixth wicket which seemed to be taking India to victory before a clatter of wickets brought West Indies back into the contest.

    Holder yorked Pandya leg-stump in the 46th and in his next over had Ravi Jadeja holing out in deep for 11 at 173 for seven.

    India needed 16 runs from the last 12 balls and seamer Kesrick Williams, in only his second ODI, bowled a superb penultimate over which cost just two runs and delivered the wicket of Dhoni – caught at long on by Joseph.

    And with India requiring 14 required from the final over, Holder performed the final rites with the scalps of Umesh (0) and Mohammed Shami (1) to seal a sensational win.

    India lead the series 2-1 ahead of the final match at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Thursday.

    WEST INDIES

    E Lewis c Kohli b Kuldeep Yadav 35

    K Hope c Jadhav b Pandya 35

    +S Hope c wkp Dhoni b Pandya 25

    R Chase b Kuldeep Yadav 24

    J Mohammed c Jadeja b Pandya 20

    *J Holder c wkp Dhoni b Yadav 11

    R Powell c Jadeja b Yadav 2

    A Nurse c & b Yadav 4

    D Bishoo  run out 15

    A Joseph not out 5

    K Williams not out 2

    Extras (lb1, w10) 11

    TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 189

    Fall of wickets: 1-57 (K Hope, 17.2 overs), 2-80 (Lewis, 21.5), 3-121 (Chase, 31.2), 4-136 (S Hope, 35), 5-154 (Holder, 38.1), 6-161 (Powell, 40.5), 7-162 (Mohammed, 41.2), 8-179 (Nurse, 47.2), 9-184 (Bishoo, 48.4)

    Bowling: Mohammed Shami 10-2-33-0, Umesh Yadav 10-1-36-3 (w6), Jadeja 10-0-48-0, Pandya 10-0-40-3 (w4), Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-31-2.

    INDIA

    A Rahane c wkp S Hope b Bishoo 60

    S Dhawan c Holder b Joseph 5

    *V Kohli c wkp S Hope b Holder 3

    D Karthik c wkp S Hope b Joseph 2

    +MS Dhoni c Joseph b Williams 54

    K Jadhav c wkp S Hope b Nurse 10

    H Pandya b Holder 20

    R Jadeja c Powell b Holder 11

    K Yadav not out 2

    U Yadav b Holder 0

    Mohammed Shami c Chase b Holder 1

    Extras (w 10) 10

    TOTAL (all out, 49.4 overs)  178

    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Dhawan, 2.1 overs), 2-25 (Kohli, 6), 3-47 (Karthik, 12.4), 4-101 (Rahane, 30.5), 5-116 (Jadhav, 35.4), 6-159 (Pandya, 45.1), 7-173 (Jadeja, 47.3), 8-176 (Dhoni, 49), 9-176 (Yadav, 49.1), 10-178 (Mohammed Shami, 49.4)

    Bowling: Joseph 9-2-46-2 (w4), Holder 9.4-2-27-5 (w2), Williams 10-0-29-1 (w3), Bishoo 10-1-31-1, Nurse 10-0-29-1, Chase 1-0-16-0 (w1).

    Result: West Indies won by 11 runs.

    Series: India lead five-match series 2-1.

    Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, Joel Wilson; TV – Kumar Dharmasena.