CHENNAI, Dec 11 (PTI): Kieron Pollard�s stunning maiden century went in vain as India beat West Indies by 34 runs to win the fifth and final cricket one day to record an emphatic 4-1 series triumph here today.
Electing to bat on a track where the ball was keeping low, India reached respectable 267 for five � courtesy Manoj Tiwary�s (104) first ODI century and a fine 80 by Virat Kohli.
It was Pollard whose magnificent power-hitting helped West Indies reach as close as 233 in 44.1 overs. Pollard hit as many as 10 sixes and four fours in his smashing knock of 119 off 110 deliveries. He was last man out in his bid to clear the long-off boundary where Ajinkya Rahane took a smart catch off Suresh Raina�s bowling. Such was his disappointment that he was finding it difficult to walk out.
While chasing, West Indies were pegged back by comeback man Irfan Pathan and Abhimanyu Mithun who blew away the top four with only 36 on board.
After Ravindra Jadeja removed Denesh Ramdin with scoreboard reading 78 for five, T20 specialist Pollard and all-rounder Andre Russell (53, 42 balls, 5x4, 3x6) launched a furious counter-attack adding 89 runs in only 79 deliveries.
Once Russell was run-out by a direct throw from stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir, Pollard who was hitting sixes at will ran out of partners.
India: Gautam Gambhir lbw b Martin 31, Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Roach 0, Parthiv Patel b Roach 0, Manoj Tiwary retired hurt 104, Virat Kohli c Samuels b Martin 80, Rohit Sharma b Narine 21, Suresh Raina not out 16, Irfan Pathan run out 4. Extras: (LB-6, W-3, NB-2) 11. Total (for six wickets, 50 overs) 267. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-1, 3-84, 4-241, 5-250, 6-267. Bowling: Roach 8-0-46-2, Russell 6-0-31-0, Narine 10-1-41-1, Sammy 5-0-28-0, Martin 10-0-47-2, Samuels 9-0-54-0, Pollard 2-0-14-0.
West Indies: Simmons lbw b Pathan 0, Powell b Pathan 15, Samuels c Patel b Mithun 6, Mohammed lbw b Mithun 2, Ramdin lbw b Jadeja 14, Pollard c Rahane b Raina 119, Russell run out 53, Sammy c Rahane b Jadeja 3, Narine b R Sharma 8, Roach b Jadeja 0, Martin not out 0. Extras: (lb 2, w 11) 13. Total: (all out; 44.1 overs) 233. Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-23, 3-29, 4-36, 5-78, 6-167, 7-181, 8-195, 9-213, 10-233. Bowling: Pathan 9-1-42-2, Mithun 7-1-32-2, Raina 6.1-0-24-1, Jadeja 10-0-62-3, Rahul 10-0-45-1, Tiwary 1-0-15-0, Kohli 1-0-11-0.