India sweep ODI series against Windies

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Shubman Gill has been left stranded on 98 not out by rain as India beat the West Indies by 119 runs in the shortened third one-day international to sweep the three-match series.

Gill lifted India to 3-225 before their innings ended amid showers after 36 overs at the Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain. West Indies were left to chase 257 off 35 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis system and fell well short, dismissed for 137 in the 26th over.

India already held a 2-0 lead in the series after winning the first match by three runs and the second by two wickets, and West Indies slumped to a ninth-straight ODI loss on Wednesday.

India won the toss and batted, reaching 0-45 after the first 10-over powerplay, guided by openers Gill and Shikhar Dhawan.

Gill brought up his half century from 60 balls in the 22nd over but the opening stand was broken shortly afterwards at 113 when Dhawan (58) was caught by West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran at midwicket from the bowling of Hayden Walsh.

The rain began shortly after and continued heavily for more than two hours, and when play resumed the match had been reduced to 40 overs per side.

India blasted 110 runs from 12 overs before the rain returned and ended the innings after the 36th over.

Gill selflessly yielded the strike in the latter part of the innings which may have cost him his maiden ODI century. His run-a-ball 98 included seven fours and two sixes while Shreyas Iyer chipped in with 44 from 34 deliveries.

"I was expecting myself to get a hundred," Gill said.

"But it was not in my control.

"I was very disappointed with the way I got out in the first couple of matches. My game plan in this match was to rotate a bit more and try to spend a bit more time in the middle."

The West Indies innings got off to a poor start when they lost Kyle Myers and Shamarh Brooks, both for ducks, to the bowling of Mohammed Siraj. Shai Hope held the top order together with 22 before being stumped from the bowling of Yuzvendra Shahal, who finished with 4-17.

The hosts were given hope by the efforts of Brandon King (42 from 37 balls) and Pooran (42 from 32 balls), but when the required run rate ticked over 12 runs per over with only three wickets in hand their hopes had faded.

"It was a tough one for us," Pooran said.

"We thought we had it halfway today but with the DLS setting seven runs per over it was a challenge. Not getting a good start and not stringing partnerships led to the loss."

The teams now meet in a five-match Twenty20 series with the last two matches to be played at Lauderhill in Florida.

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