New Delhi: India's in-form batsmen Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma didn't deliver on Wednesday, but opener Shikhar Dhawan's 119 and Yuvraj Singh's return-to-form 55 ensured India didn't need to break much sweat in chasing West Indies' competitive 263 for 5 in the third and deciding ODI of the three- match series in Kanpur.
The five-wicket win gave India a 2-1 series win after West Indies levelled the series in Vizag, where the visitors held their nerves to win by two-wickets in the last over.
Shikhar Dhawan never looked perturbed despite losing his in-form partners Rohit and Kohli and kept attacking to bring up his hundred off just 73 balls. In partnership with Yuvraj, who too played his strokes freely, Dhawan added 129 for the third wicket. That lay the foundation of India's comprehensive win.
West Indies could have scored much more, but lost way after losing half-centurions Kieran Powell (70) and Marlon Samuels (71). But for a late flourish from Darren Bravo (51*) and Darren Sammy (37*), the visitors would not have crossed 250.
Comfortably placed at 137 for 1 at one stage, West Indies looked set for a big score but India staged a comeback with quick wickets to restrict West Indies to the manageable score.
For the hosts, offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with figures of two for 45 from his quota of 10 overs.
India's chase did not start on a very good note even though Dhawan made his intentions clear in just the second over of the innings when he clobbered Jason Holder thrice to the fence.
The hosts lost Rohit in the fifth over with just 20 runs on the board. Rohit gave a straight-forward catch to Dwayne Bravo at the first slip while trying to push at an away going delivery from Ravi Rampaul.
Kohli looked in great touch during his brief 19-run stay but he too was undone by Rampaul's probing length outside the off stump. While trying to leave a delivery at the last moment, the ball just brushed Kohli's bat on to the safe hands of wicket-keeper Johnson Charles.
But from there on it was a Dhawan-Yuvraj show as the duo went about its business in style and shared the run-a-ball century partnership. Dhawan was the aggressive one among the two. The hallmark of Dhawan's innings was his elegant drives through the extra cover region and short-arm pulls.
Dhawan sent the West Indies bowlers' on a leather hunt and found the fence at will. He completely dominated the Caribbean attack and hit as many as 20 boundaries during his fiery knock.
By the time Yuvraj and Dhawan got out, they had ensured the series-clinching victory for India. Yuvraj was caught by Dwayne Bravo at the slip off Sunil Narine in the 31st over but not before the left-hander reached his fifty which was laced with seven fours.
Dhawan finally departed in the 38th over, caught by Dwayne Bravo of his own bowling as the bat turned in his hand. Dhoni (23*) and Ravindra Jadeja (2*) completed the formalities for India with consummate ease.
(With PTI inputs)
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