West Indies bounce back from Afghanistan defeat to surprise India

first_imgWest Indies on Sunday bounced back from a stunning defeat against Afghanistan last month to beat India in a low-scoring fourth One Day International at Antigua.Captain Jason Holder took 5/27 as West Indies beat India by 11 runs to stay alive in the series. India lead 2-1 with the fifth and final game on Thursday at Kingston, Jamaica.Neither team impressed with the bat at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium at North Sound.West Indies scored only 189/9 after winning the toss and choosing to bat. It turned out to be enough as India lost their last five wickets for only 19 runs – collapsing from 159/5 in the 45th over to 178 all out with two balls to spare.India opener Ajinkya Rahane hit 60 off 91 balls, including seven fours, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni laboured to 54 from 114 balls with one boundary. Dhoni’s dismissal left India needing 14 to win in the final over with two wickets left.Holder, who took his five-for in 9.4 overs, claimed the final wicket of Mohammed Shami.Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope were joint top-scorers for West Indies on 35. Umesh Yadav took 3/36 and Hardik Pandya 3/40.WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION IN DOUBTThe victory may still not be enough for the West Indies to get a direct entry into the 2019 World Cup in England. They are currently ranked 9th in the world and top eight sides on September 30 cut-off qualify for main draw.West Indies, who are standing at the ninth spot in the ODI rankings, failed to gain any point from the drawn series against Afghanistan in June.advertisementThe five-match series against India was their last realistic chance to try to get those ranking points up in a bid to qualify automatically for the 2019 World Cup.West Indies will have to beat India in the final ODI and win all their 50-overs matches against England and Ireland to keep their hopes alive.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more