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by John Pennington Friday 17 October 2014
India 330-6 (Kohli 127, Raina 71) beatWest Indies 271 (Samuels 112) by 59 runsFourth One-Day International, DharamshalaScorecard
Virat Kohli's 20th One-Day International century set up a 59-run win for India over the West Indies in the fourth match in Dharamshala where off-field issues overshadowed some fine cricket on it.
During India's innings of 330 for six, the Indian board (BCCI) issued a statement declaring that the West Indies would be leaving the country after this match due to an internal dispute.
The start of the West Indian run chase played out as if the players were anything but interested in the match, but they picked up the pace and were eventually bowled out for 271.
During the course of Marlon Samuels' second century of the series, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) claimed that they had not abandoned the tour after all.
India now lead the series 2-1 as we wait to see whether a fifth match will be played in Kolkata as scheduled in three days.
What is certain is that they have an unassailable lead.
It was set up by Kohli's outstanding 127 in 114 balls, an innings which included 13 fours and three sixes, along with contributions from Ajinkya Rahane (68), Suresh Raina (71) and Shikhar Dhawan (35).
Rahane and Dhawan got the innings off to a flyer, allowing Kohli and Raina to put on 138 together for the third wicket.
Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder, Andre Russell and Sulieman Benn took a wicket apiece but the West Indies were dreadful in the field, dropping catches late on and conceding unnecessary overthrows.
Dwayne Smith (nought in 11 balls) and Kieron Pollard (six in 31) then played curiously circumspect innings before Darren Bravo and Samuels got themselves in and compiled 56 for the third wicket.
Bravo made 40 in 51 balls before he was bowled by Akshar Patel (2-26) but while Samuels was at the crease, the tourists had a chance.
He hit six sixes in all - four of the coming off Ravindra Jadeja - but eventually his side's challenge faded as they lost wickets.
Darren Sammy hit 16 and Russell blasted 46 in 23 before India wrapped thngs up when Samuels was bowled by Mohammad Shami for 112 in 106 balls.
Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jadeja also took two wickets.
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