Another chasing masterclass from Virat Kohli helps India seal ODI series 2-0 against West Indies
It was the 120-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer which sealed the deal for India, despite a good effort from West Indies.
West Indies 240-7 (35.0 Overs)
India 256-4 (32.3 Overs)
India won by 6 wickets (DLS method)
After subdued starts in both the first two ODIs, West Indies came out all guns blazing in the third and the last ODI of the series with both Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis taking on the Indian new-ball bowlers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the get-go.
The openers added more than 100 runs in the first 10 overs as Chris Gayle completed another half-century. The introduction of spin became mandatory and Yuzvendra Chahal, who was coming into the team in place of Kuldeep Yadav, struck in his first over, dismissing Evin Lewis.
Soon after, Khaleel Ahmed dismissed Chris Gayle to control the pace of West Indies' innings for some time. In the 22nd over, rain came down heavily and the players had to leave the field.
When they came back, the match was reduced to 35 overs per side which was in the favour of West Indies, at they had got a great start and lesser overs meant that they could go harder.
However, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja did not allow them to score freely as they ended on 240 from 35 overs.
In reply, Shikhar Dhawan looked in good touch for the first time on the West Indies tour. But, it was the match-winning 100+ partnership between Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer which sealed the deal for India.
While Iyer was dismissed after a half-century, Kohli slammed his 43rd century and closed the game along with Kedar Jadhav to take India to a six-wicket win.
West Indies- Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach
India- Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed
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