India on Wednesday clinched the ODI series against West Indies 2-1 with a comfortable five-wicket victory in the third and final match here, riding on Shikhar Dhawan`s sparkling century.
Put in to bat first, Windies lost the wicket of Johnson Charles early in the innings. From there on, Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels stitched a crucial 117-run partnership for the second wicket which was finally broken by Ashwin. West Indies lost some quick wickets in the middle overs but Darren Bravo and Darren Sammy added unbeaten 67 runs for the sixth wicket partnership which boosted their team`s score to 263 runs.
Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he scalped two wickets, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja picked one wicket each.
In reply Shikhar Dhawan`s 119 and Yuvraj Singh`s patient knock of 55 runs help India to win the match with 23 balls remaining.
Dhawan stole the limelight with an attacking 119 that came off 95 balls, his fifth ODI hundred, while Yuvraj Singh notched up a 74—ball 55 to seal the issue for the home side at the Green Park Stadium which was hosting an international game after a gap of nearly four years.
It was a welcome return to form for Yuvraj, who cautiously put together 129 runs for the third wicket with Dhawan to set the platform for the easy win.
India scored 266/5 in 46.1 in reply to West Indies` 263/5 in 50 overs
India won the three-match series 2-1. This is India`s sixth straight ODI series win this year
In 2013, India won against England (home, 3-2), Champions Trophy, Tri-series in the Caribbean, Zimbabwe series (away, 5-0), Australia series (home, 3-2) and now West Indies series (home, 2-1)
India now travel to South Africa for a three-match ODI series from December 5 and two-Test rubber
Shikhar Dhawan hit his fifth ODI century. All five centuries have come this year
Dhawan is the joint quickest with Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka) to score 5 ODI tons in least number of innings (28)
Yuvraj Singh scored his 51st half century in ODIs
Shikhar-Yuvraj had a partnership of 129 for the third wicket
India were 63/2 in the first 10 overs. In the batting powerplay of five overs between 36 and 40, they scored 28/1
India`s 50 was raised in 47 deliveries. 100: 106; 150: 145; 200: 200; 250: 251
West Indies scored 263/5 in 50 overs. The visitors hit 56 in the final five overs
Darren Bravo scored third half century in a row in the series. He followed scores of 59 and 50 with a 51 not out today
The left-handed Bravo faced 53 balls and scored 4 boundaries and 2 sixes today
Darren Sammy made a brisk 37 not out off 29 (1x4, 2x6)
Darren Bravo-Sammy had an unfinished partnership of 67 for the sixth wicket in 8.1 overs
Kieran Powell struck his second successive half century. He had made 59 in Visakhapatnam and today hit 70
Powell`s 70 came off 81 balls with 9 boundaries. This was the left-hander fifth ODI fifty
Marlon Samuels made 71 (93 balls, 7x4, 1x6). The right-hander registered his 23rd half century in ODIs
Powell and Samuels put on 117 runs for the second wicket
Samuels was dropped on 60 by Virat Kohli at first slip off Ravindra Jadeja
WI scored 39/1 in first 10 overs. 50 took 69 balls. 100: 128; 150: 200; 200: 265; 250: 293
The visitors were kept to 26/2 in five overs of batting powerplay (36 to 40)
Mohit Sharma was India`s most expensive bowler with 0/47 in 7 overs
Birthday boy Suresh Raina conceded 29 runs for no wicket in 5 overs