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Dhoni keeps it late as India wins rain-hit tie

SKIPPER Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck an unbeaten 46 off 34 balls to guide India to a six-wicket victory, under the Duckworth-Lewis method, in a rain-affected third one-dayer against West Indies in St Lucia on Friday.

India, which now leads the four-match series 2-1, needed 11 to win off the final over of the game and Dhoni whacked Jerome Taylor's second ball for a big six high over midwicket to make the task manageable.

A smart innings of 62 from 59 balls by Ramnaresh Sarwan had put West Indies on their way to a good total but he was run out just when the home side looked to up the tempo.

West Indies had made a flying start with skipper Chris Gayle smashing 27 off 14 but he was caught behind off the bowling of Ashish Nehra just after the first of a series of rain interruptions.

West Indies were 66 for one off 10 overs and with Sarwan's intelligent batting they moved to 105 for two off 16.

The rain reduced their innings to 27 overs and although West Indies made 186 for seven, further delays meant India had only 159 to make off 22 overs.

Openers Dinesh Karthik (47) and Gautam Gambhir (44) put on 84 for their first wicket inside 13 overs to give the tourists a good platform.

Karthik was run out and then Gambhir was caught behind off Sulieman Benn's spin and when danger-man Yuvraj Singh went for two, caught by Darren Bravo off David Bernard, West Indies had clawed their way back into the game.


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