Virat Kohli’s 43rd ODI hundred gives India 2-0 win in ODI series vs West Indies

first_imgIndia made light work of a 255-run DLS target in the rain-affected 3rd ODI in Port of Spain to complete a limited-overs double on their ongoing tour of West Indies on Wednesday. After clean-sweeping the T20I series 3-0, India took the ODI series 2-0 and maintained a clean slate.India captain Virat Kohli stepped up once again and showcased his love for run-chases with a well-paced 114 not out in just 99 balls. It was also Kohli’s 2nd successive hundred and his 9th in ODIs against the West Indies. The World No. 1 ODI batsman, who had ended his 5-month drought for the 3-figure mark on Sunday in the 2nd ODI, brought up his second successive hundred as normalcy returned for the India captain.India vs West Indies, 3rd ODI: HighlightsVirat Kohli got able company from Shreyas Iyer, who seems to have sealed his place in the Indian middle-order with a successful audition in the ODI series vs West Indies.Kohli gets very good support from Iyer, once againNotably, Kohli and Iyer brought up their second successive 100-plus stand and led India to a comfortable win in a steep chase. Iyer, who had scored 71 on his return to the ODI side on Sunday, smashed a 41-ball 65 as he matched his captain stroke by stroke.At time, Kohli was happy to play second fiddle as Iyer was in sublime touch, hitting sixes and boundaries at will.Virat Kohli was dropped by West Indies wicketkeeper Shai Hope early in his innings and the India captain made the hosts pay for what turned out to be a costly mistake. Kohli joined Shikhar Dhawan after India lost Rohit Sharma early in their chase but the duo added 66 runs for the 2nd wicket.advertisementKing for a reason #TeamIndia take the ODI series 2-0 #WIvIND (@BCCI) August 14, 2019Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen picked up the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant in the same over to peg India back. Pant, who has got captain Virat Kohli’s backing to continue batting at No. 4, threw his wicket away by committing hara-kiri as he danced down the track only to top-edge Allen in the very first ball of his innings.Nonetheless, Iyer showed his class and dominated the stand with his captain as the duo added 120 ruins for the 4th wicket. Iyer was dimissed on 65 but Kedar Jadhav walked in at No. 6 and stitched an unbeaten 44 -run stand in just 25 balls as India got to the 255-run target in just the 33rd over.Chris Gayle’s fireworks in vainEarlier in the day, Chris Gayle stole the show with a 41-ball 72 in what might have been his final ODI knock, if not the final international innings in West Indies colours. Gayle smashed 5 sixes and 8 boundaries and stitched a 115-run stand for the opening wicket with Evin Lewis as West Indies got off to a blazing start after winning the toss for the first time on the tour.Gayle, who wore a special jersey with 301 on its back, seemed to have enjoyed his final outing as he raised his bat and hung his helmet on it in acknowledgement of the applause he was receiving from the sparse crowd at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.Chris Gayle was congratulated by Virat Kohli and the rest of the Indian teammates as he walked back to the pavilion. In fact, Gayle and his former Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Kohli did their famous high-five on the pitch after Gayle’s dismissal.Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers for India as the pacer picked up 2 wickets in his 7 over spell. While left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed picked up 3 wickets, he was expensive both at the start and at the death.Also Read | Virat Kohli, India teammates congratulate Chris Gayle after fireworks in Port of SpainAlso Read | Team India manager allowed to stay in West Indies after apologising profuselyAlso See:last_img

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