Kuldeep Yadav picked up 3 for 41 AFP

India took on West Indies in the third match of the 5-match series at North Sound in Antigua. After overnight rain ensured a delayed start, West Indies put the visitors in. India ended up getting 251 for 4 in their 50 overs. The trio of Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav that churned out runs for their side on a two-paced track. West Indies fell apart in bundles in reply, with only Rovman Powell and Jason Mohammed providing some resistance. The guile of Kuldeep Yadav combined with the experience of Ravichandran Ashwin saw India home and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series by beating West Indies by 93 runs; West Indies, of course, can still draw the series by winning the 2 remaining matches. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies- 3rd ODI

West Indies were off to a poor start, with opener Evin Lewis getting cleaned up by a peach from Umesh Yadav for 2. After a couple of wides to start the over, Umesh got one to swing into the batsmen and knock over the middle stump. Brothers Kyle and Shai Hope battled it out, playing out hostile new-ball spells from Umesh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar early in their innings.

While Kyle opted for the more cautious approach in his first ODI, Shai took his chances and kept the scoreboard ticking. Just as things were looking bright for the West Indies, Kyle gave his wicket away. Trying to hook an outside off bouncer off Hardik Pandya, Kyle perished in the deep. Roston Chase continued his torrid time against the spinners: Kuldeep, already looking threatening, cleaned up Chase off a wrong ‘un for just 2.

Pandya, in a mood to bounce everyone, got his second wicket in the form of Shai Hope. The bouncer took a top edge that ricocheted off his helmet back to the bowler for a simple catch.

Kohli brought in Ashwin just before the 20th over and got his reward immediately, thanks to Dhoni’s lighting-fast stumping to nab Jason Holder’s wicket off a wide. Holder lunged too forward and could not maintain his balance, but that was all Dhoni needed.

Jason and Powell then lit up the ground with some attractive batting. Powell, in particular, was not afraid to use the long handle to hook, pull and drive against Umesh and co. The pair added a valuable 54 for the sixth wicket. Trying to hit himself out of a hole, Powell swept Kuldeep, only for the ball to take the top edge and land safe into the hands of Pandya.

With the floodgates reopened, Ashwin grabbed the wicket of Ashley Nurse: trying to slog, Nurse could only manage to reach the fielder at square-leg. Kuldeep grabbed his third wicket after he trapped Jason for a valiant 61-ball 40.

Ashwin, meanwhile, reached his 150th ODI wicket by trapping Miguel Cummins for 1.

The final nail in the coffin was hit by Kedar Jadhav. After scoring a sparkling 40, Jadhav cleaned up Kesrick Williams with his first ball to hand India a 93-run win.

With this win India now gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 5-ODI series. Earlier, India were asked to bat first on a sluggish pitch by the hosts. Fifties from Rahane and Dhoni that propelled India to 251 runs. While Rahane scored his 18th fifty, Dhoni catapulted himself to his 63rd. Jadhav, too, played a cameo of 40 runs from 26 balls.

The fourth match of the series will also be played at Antigua on Sunday.

Brief scores:

India 251 for 4 in 50 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 72, Yuvraj Singh 39, MS Dhoni 78*, Kedar Jadhav 40*; Devendra Bishoo 1 for 38, Miguel Cummins 2 for 56) beat West Indies 158 all out in 38.1 overs (Jason Mohammed 40; Rovman Powell 30; Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 18, Kuldeep Yadav 3 for 41) by 93 runs.

Man of the Match: MS Dhoni.