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  Monday, 3 June, 2002, 08:00 GMT 09:00 UK
Tendulkar shrugs off pain
Sachin Tendulkar (left) shakes hands with Brian Lara (centre) and Wavell Hinds at the end of the third one-day international
Tendulkar (left) took the vital wicket of Lara (centre)
Sachin Tendulkar put his body on the line to help India win the fifth and final one-day international against the West Indies and clinch the series in the process.

Tendulkar sat out the fourth game with an injured shoulder but played through the pain on Sunday to claim the man of the match award as India won by 56 runs to take the series 2-1.

"Deciding to play wasn't easy. I didn't want to let the team down after saying I was fit to play," Tendulkar said.

"There were some shots I just couldn't play. I had to change my game and try to stay till the end.


Even when Chanderpaul was batting, we knew we were in no real danger of losing
Indian captain
Sourav Ganguly

"My shoulder is still a little stiff, but I've been told it's nothing serious."

Tendulkar top-scored with a 70-ball 65 to help his team post a challenging total of 260.

He then dismissed Brian Lara for 36 as the West Indies, chasing a revised target of 248 off 44 overs because of rain, were bowled out for 191.

Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who was named man of the series, was delighted that his side had bounced back after losing the Test series.

"It's a great feeling to win after having lost the Tests," said Ganguly. "It's always great to win abroad."

India in control

On Sunday the West Indies struggled to get going and were 88 for five before Shivnarine Chanderpaul gave the hosts brief hope with 51 off 40 balls.

"Even when Chanderpaul was batting, we knew we were in no real danger of losing," Ganguly said.

"They still had 130-odd runs to get and were trying to hit out at every ball. If they had won from there, it would have been amazing."

West Indies captain Carl Hooper revealed that they did not know how many runs they needed to win when the started their innings.

Poor performance

"Perhaps the umpires wanted to start the game as soon as the rain stopped, but it'd have come in handy to know what target we were chasing," he said.

However, he refused to blame the confusion over the target for his side's defeat.

"I think the Indians bowled really well and the revised target was not the reason why we batted badly.

"I think we probably gave away 15-20 extra runs."

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