Kingston - India's spinners choked the middle of the West Indies innings and the fast bowlers followed up with wickets to restrict West Indies to 205. The hosts won the last match with a total smaller than this, but this pitch was quicker, which pointed to an easier chase than the last one.

Kyle Hope and Evin Lewis made a promising start to the innings, scoring 39 for the first wicket in 8.2 overs and the Hope brothers continued the good work in a 37-run stand, but Umesh Yadav made a comeback with two quick strikes to set the stage for the spinners' hold on the batting. In all they bowled 24 overs for 76 runs, with Kedar Jadhav taking one wicket.

Jason Holder tried to break through with some intent and clean striking, but once he fell for 36 off 34, leaving West Indies 163 for 5 in the 40th over, they were always struggling to get a fighting total. In the middle of the innings there was an 11-over spell without a boundary, and West Indies managed only two more after Holder's fall. These were incredibly their first boundaries of the series in the 41-50-over period.

The start was different. The ball came on, Umesh was erratic, and the top order took toll. Kyle Hope cut and punched Umesh into the off side with relish before picking him off on the leg side when he overcompensated. Lewis found mid-off when hitting an aerial shot off Hardik Pandya, but the Hope brothers kept the momentum going. At 3-0-22-0, Umesh was taken out of the attack, and was brought back soon after the fielding restrictions were taken off. He bowled two overs for four runs, then Kyle Hope attacked him with two boundaries and fell while going for a third. The ball was short enough, but the batsman failed to clear short midwicket.  Umesh cashed in on that break with a full and straight delivery to send Roston Chase back first ball. Just like that, West Indies needed to bat cautiously.

No liberties were taken against the spinners, whom they have found hard to play through the series. Ravindra Jadeja found turn, which will give West Indies some hope, and Kuldeep Yadav remained difficult to negotiate. Jadhav's four overs proved to be the bonus, with his low, round-arm, non-turning, slow offbreaks accounting for a frustrated Jason Mohammed.

Walking in at 115 for 4 in the 31st over, Holder used his long reach to put the spinners off their rhythm. He hit four fours and a six off Pandya, but when he went to hit Shami straight down the ground he found an agile Shikhar Dhawan at long-on. The going was tough for West Indies after that. It was only two sixes in the last two overs from Rovman Powell that pushed West Indies past 200.

Scoreboard

WEST INDIES:
E Lewis c Kohli b Pandya 9
KA Hope c Dhawan b Yadav 46
SD Hope c Rahane b M Shami 51
RL Chase lbw b Yadav 0
JN Mohammed c & b Jadhav 16
JO Holder c Dhawan b M Shami 36
R Powell c Dhoni b Yadav 31
AR Nurse c K Yadav b M Shami 0
D Bishoo c Dhoni b M Shami 6
AS Joseph not out 3
KOK Williams not out 0
EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 6) 7
TOTAL: (9 wckts; 50 overs) 205
FOW: 1-39, 2-76, 3-76, 4-115, 5-163, 6-168, 7-171, 8-182, 9-205.
BOWLING: M Shami 10-0-48-4, UT Yadav 10-1-53-3, HH Pandya 6-0-27-1, RA Jadeja 10-1-27-0, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-36-0, KM Jadhav 4-0-13-1
TOSS: West Indies
UMPIRES: HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and LS Reifer
TV UMPIRE: CB Gaffaney (New Zealand)
MATCH REFEREE: DC Boon (Australia)
RESERVE UMPIRE: N Duguid