Shikhar Dhawan scored an effortless century eased India to a 5-wicket win in the Third ODI at Kanpur. India have also taken the short 3-match Series 2-1 after chasing down West Indies’ total of 263 with 23 balls to spare.
The West Indies’ slightly better performance gave spectators more value for their money but was still not good enough to prevent Australia going 2-0 up in the five match ODI series. After dangling precariously at 98/6 the hosts fought back, courtesy of a fighting and masterful hundred from George Bailey, to an unanticipated and formidable 266/7.
Led by centuries from Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell the West Indies proceeded to tighten the screws on a hapless New Zealand. At stumps the score was 442, and with Narsingh Deaonarine on 54, accompanied by the aggressive Darren Sammy on 8, the West Indies will be hoping to grow the 91 run lead to well past 200 on the fourth day.
It would have been reasonable to assume that after not playing in whites for a year and a half that Chris Gayle would have gradually eased himself into the test game. But anyone who harboured such thoughts would have been taken aback by the way he went out to bat on today's second day at North Sound.
West Indies A are in a strong position in the Third and Final Test at Gros Islet after finishing Day 2 at 320 for 8. With this homeside has collected a handy lead of 90 runs in the first innings with two wickets in hand.