West Indies vs India 3rd ODI: Kohli stars again as India claim 2-0 series win

Virat Kohli 114 not out West Indies India 3rd ODI Trinidad cricket

Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring his 43rd ODI century

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

India captain Virat Kohli led by example as he struck his second consecutive century to lead his side to a six-wicket win over the West Indies via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

Kohli’s unbeaten 114 also saw India claim a 2-0 series win.

Opting to bat first, the West Indies got off to a superb start as Chris Gayle, who could have potentially played in his last ODI, and Evin Lewis amassed a 115-run partnership, during which Gayle surpassed his fifty, before Lewis was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal for 43.

Gayle went on to score a 41-ball 72, which included eight boundaries and five sixes, before he was caught by Kohli at mid-off off the bowling of Khaleel Ahmed.

Shortly after Gayle’s dismissal, the rain came and the match was subsequently reduced to 35 overs per side.

Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer managed to add 50 runs to the score before Hetmyer was clean bowled by Mohammed Shami for 25.

Hope ended up making 24 before he was cleaned up by Ravindra Jadeja.

Nicholas Pooran smashed a quickfire 30 and with captain Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite scoring 14 and 16 respectively, the West Indies finished on 240/7 off their 35 overs.

Khaleel was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Shami snapped up two, and Chahal and Jadeja chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Due to the DLS method coming into effect, India were set a target of 255 to win off 35 overs.

However, they didn’t get off to the best of starts as opener Rohit Sharma was run out for 10 runs.

Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan made up for the loss of Rohit with a 66-run partnership before Dhawan was sent packing by Fabian Allen for 36.

Allen struck again two balls later as he removed Rishabh Pant for a golden duck.

Kohli and Shreyas Iyer steadied things with a 120-run partnership, during which both batsmen raced past their fifties, before Iyer was caught by Holder at long-off off the bowling of Kemar Roach for 65, which came off 41 balls and included three boundaries and five sixes.

Kohli and Kedar Jadhav mopped up the remaining runs to lead India to victory with 15 balls to spare.

Kohli finished on 114, which came off 99 balls and included 14 boundaries, while Jadhav remained undefeated on 19, which came off 12 deliveries and included a boundary and a six.

Allen was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Roach claimed one.

Kohli was named Man of the Match.

Leave a Reply