Motie and Shepherd each took three wickets to set up the game for the West Indies, and Hope and Carty did the rest with the bat.
West Indies won comfortably in the end,
West Indies 182 for 4 (Hope 63*, Carty 48*, Thakur 3-42) defeated India 181 (Kishan 55, Motie 3-36, Shepherd 3-37, Joseph 2-35) by six wickets.
For the first time since December 2019, the West Indies defeated India in an ODI, winning by six wickets in the second of three games, their first in nine years. West Indies now trail the series 1-1 after losing the opening ODI on Thursday.
After Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, and Alzarri Joseph each took three wickets to bowl India, who had rested Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, out for 181, captain Shai Hope and the inexperienced Keacy Carty took care of the chase, which was completed with more than 13 overs to spare.
West Indies won comfortably in the end, but not without problems; they fell from 53 without loss in the ninth over to 91 for 4 after 17, with Shardul Thakur being the main reason. That must have heightened India’s hopes, but Hope and Carty made sure things went smoothly after that. Hope struck 63 not out and put up an unbroken 91-run stand for the fifth wicket with Carty (48 not out).
The ground in Bridgetown provided grip and turn throughout the game, with the spinners’ economy rate of 3.89 over two innings compared to the fast bowlers’ 5.20. However, before Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja put the West Indies’ middle order to the test—Jadeja was fast and flat, while Kuldeep was slow and got more spin—it was Thakur who removed the top three batters in the space of 25 balls to open up the game.
After Kuldeep had cleaned Shimron Hetmyer up with one that was quicker and skidded through to hit off stump, Hope and Carty were content to do it in singles.
Carty finished the game with a calm 48 from 65 balls, opening up only when the work was almost done and blasting successive boundaries off Hardik Pandya. However, the fact that the West Indies only needed 182 runs to win was due to a collective bowling performance as well as a combination of a beneficial pitch and refreshing agility from the fielders.
India, after winning the toss and electing to bat, had two collapses of their own. First, a good 90 for 0 to a risky 113 for 5, followed by 146 for 5 to 181 all out. These occurred on either side of a lengthy rain delay. In the absence of Rohit and Kohli, the West Indies saw a chance and seized it. It all started in the 17th over, when Shubman Gill lofted a full, tossed-up delivery from Motie over long-off for 34, his best score in seven international innings across formats since June.
The West Indies got rolling after that, and in the 18th over, Alick Athanaze darted to his right at point to dismiss Ishan Kishan for 55. Kishan’s half-century was his second in the series. Shepherd got one to rise sharply at Axar Patel, who had been moved to No. 4, and he was restricted for space with the ball angling in from around the wicket. Axar attempted to remove his gloves but was still tickling the wicketkeeper.
After that, Jayden Seales claimed his lone wicket of the day when a shoulder-height bouncer to Hardik had him pulling straight to midwicket, before Yannic Cariah foxed comeback man Sanju Samson with a turn and bounce. Cariah got the legbreak to jump and move away from the hitter, who edged it to slip after landing one on a decent length around off stump.
India was sliding, and then there was torrential rain. When Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja added 33 to signify a brief revival following the halt, it appeared like the break had come as a blessing. But the West Indies regained control, taking the last five wickets for 35 runs.
In the 32nd over, Shepherd pitched short to Jadeja, who top-edged a pull to fine leg. After a thrilling 24 minutes, Motie had Suryakumar slicing to the point. Soon after, Carty sprinted in and dived forward from deep square leg to dismiss Umran Malik in the 38th over, completing another brilliant fielding display from the West Indies.
Motie finished with 3 for 36 after dismissing last man Mukesh Kumar in the 41st over. As a result, the West Indies have a chance to win their first ODI bilateral series against India since May 2006.
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