Virat Kohli (85) captained the innings as India defeated the West Indies by four wickets in the third and decisive match to win the three-match series 2-1. This is India’s tenth consecutive bilateral series win against the West Indies.
In this match played at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday, West Indies had set a target of 316 runs for victory in front of India. In response, India achieved the target with eight balls remaining. For India, apart from Virat, KL Rahul (77), Rohit Sharma played a half-century innings of 63 runs. At the same time, Ravindra Jadeja (39) Shardul Thakur returned unbeaten after scoring 17 runs. Chemo Paul scored three for the Windies, while Alzarri Joseph, Jason Holder and Sheldon Cottrell took one wicket each.
Indian captain Virat Kohli was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant knock in this match. At the same time, Team India’s hitman Rohit Sharma was awarded the Man of the Series. Rohit has scored 258 runs in this entire series with a century (159), and a half-century.
Virat missed out on a century
Team India, who came out to bat in response to the Windies’ 315, got off to a great start by the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. Both batsmen combined to take India’s score beyond 100. But in 21.2 overs, India got the first blow in the form of Hitchman Rohit. Jason Holder made Rohit his team’s first success by getting caught by Shai Hope. Rohit played a 63-run half-century in 63 balls with the help of eight fours and a six. For the first wicket, there was a 122-run partnership between Rahul and Rohit.
After Rohit’s dismissal, KL Rahul, along with captain Virat Kohli, led the innings, but in 29.5 overs Alzari Joseph gave India the second blow by getting Rahul caught by Shai Hope. Rahul played a brilliant innings of 77 runs in 89 balls with the help of eight fours and a six. Virat and Rahul shared a 45-run partnership for the second wicket. Shortly after this, Chemo Paul gave India the third blow by getting Shreyas Iyer (7) caught by Joseph.
On the last ball of the 35th over, Chemo Paul gave his team success. Paul dismissed wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant (7). Kedar Jadhav (9), who came to bat after Iyer, was bowled by Sheldon Cottrell. With this, half of India’s team returned to the pavilion. From here onwards, Virat and Jadeja jointly handled the victory of Team India, but in 46.1 overs, India got the biggest blow as Virat Kohli. He missed his 44th one-day international century. He was hunted by Chemo Paul. Kohli, who completed fifty in 51 balls, played a brilliant innings of 85 runs with the help of nine fours in 81 balls.