Kohli Century Guides India To Win And Bonus Point

Kohli Century Guides India To Win And Bonus Point
Kohli Century Guides India To Win And Bonus Point
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India 311-7 (Kohli 102) beat
West Indies 171 by 102 runs (D/L)
ODI Tri-Series, Trinidad

India kept their hopes of reaching the final of the One-Day International tri-series alive with a crushing 102-run win over the West Indies in Trinidad.

A dashing century from captain Virat Kohli helped them post 311 for seven and either side of a rain delay, West Indies were bowled out for 171 to hand India a bonus point in victory.

Kohli - in just his second game as captain - hit his 14th ODI century as India added 101 runs in the last 10 overs of their innings.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav then both took three wickets as West Indies never came close to their revised target of 274 in 40 overs.

India made a fine start through openers Rohit Sharma (45) and Shikhar Dhawan (69) but it was Kohli who played the starring role with the bat.

His first half-century came from 55 balls and he then accelerated to an 81-ball century, hitting 13 fours and two sixes before falling to the final ball of the innings.

Support came from Murali Vijay, who made 27 in 18 balls and Ravichandran Ashwin, who was unbeaten on 25 in 18 deliveries.

West Indies then lost Chris Gayle (10) and Darren Bravo (1) to Bhuvneshwar before the rain arrived with them at 56 for two in 10 overs.

After a delay, they needed a further 218 in 30 overs and although Johnson Charles hit 45 in 39 balls, the rest of the top order crumbled, India's bowlers preying on their inability to score quickly without taking risks.

Ishant Sharma also picked up two for 30 and Ashwin two for 44 and the West Indies would have faced an even bigger defeat in front of the biggest crowd of the competition but for some lusty hitting from Kemar Roach (33 not out in 32 balls) and Sunil Narine (21).

The pair restored a touch of pride by taking the score from 113 for nine to the eventual 171 all out with a 58-run stand for the ninth wicket before both men were dismissed by Jadeja as India took their first win of the competition.

The series continues when West Indies play their final game, against Sri Lanka, on Sunday 7th July.

Points: West Indies 9 points from 3 matches, Sri Lanka 5 points from 2 matches, India 5 points from 3 matches.

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