Ravichandran Ashwin became the second fastest Indian spinner to reach the 150-wicket mark in ODIs after Anil Kumble yesterday when he scalped the wicket of Miguel Cummins in the 38th over. India thrashed West Indies to register their second win in the series and take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
India's premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reached the 150th wicket mark in ODIs yesterday in his last over of the match when he sent Miguel Cummins packing for a single run. Ashwin achieved the feat in his 111th ODI while Anil Kumble reached the same milestone in 106 matches.
On the 3rd delivery of the 38th over, Ashwin fired in a flat delivery aimed at Cummins' pads and the ball caught the lower-order batsman on the back leg. The umpire did not hesitate to raise his finger ruling Cummins out and making him the off spinner's 150th victim. The 30-year old finished with figures of 3/28 and played a pivotal role in India's 93-run win against the Windies.
Ashwin combined with young wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav who scalped 3 wickets as well dismantled the Windies batting for a paltry 158. The home side looked in control of the game at 141-5 in the 33rd over but the duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Ashwin wreaked havoc as they crushed the Windies batting starting with Jason Mohammed wicket's at 40 off a Kuldeep
Earlier in the game, MS Dhoni yet again upheld his finisher tag as he smashed the Windies bowling for 100-runs in the last 10 overs along with Kedar Jadhav(40 off 26) to take India to a competitive total of 251 on a slowish track in Antigua after Ajinkya Rahane steadied the Indian innings as Shikhar Dhawan departed early. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 78 which included four boundaries and two maximums and was awarded the man of the match for his scintillating knock.
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