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5 best India ODI comebacks while defending

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India v West Indies: Group B - 2011 ICC World Cup
West Indies lost eight wickets for 34 runs

In the decider of the recent ODI series against New Zealand at Kanpur, Team India scripted a great comeback to win by a tiny margin of six runs. After setting up a huge total of 337/6, propelled by eye-catching centuries from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, India were staring at a defeat when New Zealand batsmen had brought the equation down to 35 runs off 24 balls with six wickets in hand.

It took a special effort from the two Bs- Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah, currently the best in the business during slog overs, to deny New Zealand their maiden ODI series win on Indian soil. Here are the instances when India made a big turnaround to come out triumphant when the defeat looked a mere formality.

#5 India vs. West Indies, 20 March 2011, Chennai

Result: India won by 80 runs


In the final encounter of Group B of the 2011 World Cup, India took on West Indies at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Having already sealed a spot in the quarter final, it was a game which would decide the position in the group, thereby the opponents in the quarters.

After opting to bat first, India mustered a modest total of 268 with Yuvraj Singh getting a century. The total could have a lot better but for the batting collapse India had which saw them lose their seven wickets for 50 runs.

The West Indies reply got off to a good start with useful partnerships for the first three wickets reaching 154/2 in 30 overs. Devon Smith looked to have taken the game out of India’s reach with a dominating knock.

The equation for the West Indies read 115 runs required off 120 balls. This was when Mahendra Singh Dhoni brought back Zaheer Khan- India’s most successful bowler at the World Cup- into the attack.

On the third delivery of his spell, Zaheer got rid of the dangerous looking Smith who missed the knuckle ball to see his wickets broken. The West Indies batting did not offer any further resistance and lost their eight wickets for mere 34 runs.

For India, Zaheer was the stand-out performer with the ball snaring three wickets. What looked like a walk in the park for the Windies line-up with great batting depth, turned out to be a convincing victory for India.   

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