New Delhi: For ten years and in 92 ODI matches, West Indies' Dwayne Smith battled hard to reach the three-figure mark. In his 93rd match on Saturday, the fiery opener looked all set to finally score his first ODI hundred but it was not meant to be. Three short of the mark, Smith was bowled by Shami - a shattered dream drowned out by local fans in New Delhi. (Match runs | Highlights)
Chasing 264, Smith looked in excellent touch from the word go. He met the ball with the middle of his bat and dealt with spin and pace with equal determination as he scored run-a-ball 97 with the help of 11 fours and two sixes. In fact, his batting looked like taking West Indies to a comfortable win - right till the 36th over when he was removed and a batting implosion sent shockwaves in the West Indies camp.
"I'm disappointed. I worked really hard during the CPL and since I came here to India, I really wanted to make my mark in this series," said the 31-year-old, who has seven fifties in the format.(We didn't play to our potential: Dhoni)