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- West Indies vs India 2019 3rd ODI
240/7 (35.0 ov)
256/4 (32.3 ov)
India won by 6 wickets (DLS Method)
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In the end, one would have to say that this was a really comfortable 6-wicket win for India led by Virat Kohli's century and also Shreyas' Iyer's crucial 65-run knock. After DLS gave India a target of 255, the West Indies would have been hopeful of squaring the series and they got off to a brilliant start by dismissing Rohit Sharma early on. However, that early wicket didn't return India as the duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli started to counter-attack and the West Indian bowlers started to wilt under the pressure.
Just when India looked like they will run away with the game, Fabian Allen's twin strikes to dismiss Dhawan and Rishabh Pant got his team back into the game until Shreyas Iyer decided to shift the momentum in India's favour once again. The quality of his quickfire knock was so good that it allowed Virat Kohli to drop anchor and play without any pressure to score from both ends.
The Mumbai batsman was particularly strong and dismissive against the spinners as he at one point hit four sixes off three balls. Iyer's 65-run knock eventually came to an end off Kemar Roach's bowling but it was never going to be enough for the West Indies as India only required 43 runs off 40 balls.
In fact, Kedar Jadhav's quality hitting along with Kohli's masterful strokeplay which saw him bring up his 43rd ODI century helped India romp home with 15 balls to spare.
In the end, while India were professional in the way they chased down the target, the West Indies would be regretting their poor discipline with the ball and also in the end which included a reprieve for Kohli when he was on 11. Shai Hope put down a simple inside edge off Kohli's bowling and that came back to haunt them big time.
Also, credit must go to the Indian bowlers for the way they came back on two occasions. First, they stalled the West Indies' momentum after Gayle and Lewis got out in quick succession. This was bettered by their efforts after the long rain-break as the West Indian batsman found it very difficult to score boundaries in the back-end of their inning.
Now that the limited overs part of India's tour is done and dusted, the cricketing party now moves onto the Test series which is set to begin in Antigua on the 22nd of this month. This series also marks of the start of the Test championship for both India and the West Indies.
With India being the top-ranked Test side, they will surely fancy their chances but the home side cannot be discounted given the positive results over the last couple of years. The exciting pace attacks of both the sides combined with the Dukes ball will ensure the series will be a great spectacle for everyone involved.
That also looks like Christopher Henry Gayle aka 'Universe Boss' has retired. Players from both the Indian and West Indian camps are giving him warm hugs.
That's that! India wrap up the series 2-0
The best present that a batsman could ask for in any situation as Brathwaite delivered a ball on Kohli's pads and the Indian skipper glanced it finely to bring up India's victory.
32.3 FOUR! Carlos Brathwaite to Virat Kohli. Length ball, off stump on the front foot glancing, well timed past fine leg for 4 runs.
Evin Lewis' dive in vain! Another boundary for Kohli!
Short from Brathwaite and Kohli swatted it to the mid-wicket region. Evin Lewis running in from square-leg put in a valiant dive but the timing on that shot was too good.
32.2 FOUR! Carlos Brathwaite to Virat Kohli. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.
32.1 Carlos Brathwaite to Kedar Jadhav. Leg cutter back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to deep backward point for 1 run, fielded by Pooran.
Carlos Brathwaite is back into the attack.
10 runs from the over and India only require 8 more to seal the series with a 2-0 margin.
IND: 247/4(RR 7.72)
4 1 1 1 2 1
31.6 Jason Holder to Kedar Jadhav. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot working, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Paul.
31.5 Jason Holder to Kedar Jadhav. Half volley, middle stump on the front foot flick, well timed to deep backward square leg for 2 runs, run save by Pooran.
31.4 Jason Holder to Virat Kohli. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot dropped, to point for 1 run, fielded by Chase.
Kohli is putting icing on the cake now! Another four!
Overpitched from Holder and Kohli takes toll of it by playing a stupendous cover drive to beat the man at long-off. Crunched!
31.3 Jason Holder to Kedar Jadhav. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Brathwaite.
31.2 Jason Holder to Virat Kohli. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Paul.
31.1 FOUR! Jason Holder to Virat Kohli. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past deep extra cover for 4 runs.
Jadhav adds more misery for the Windies! Four to finish the over!
Too short from Roach and Jadhav slashes the ball through point to rub salt into the West Indies' wounds.
IND: 237/4(RR 7.65)
1 4 . 4 1 4
30.6 FOUR! Kemar Roach to Kedar Jadhav. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot Late Cut, well timed past third man for 4 runs.
The master brings up his 43rd century! What a knock this has been!
As always, this hundred has also been a masterful one with a lot of delightful strokes. He celebrates this century with a big roar. Shows the importance of the inning with respect to the end result it will have on the match and series.
30.5 Kemar Roach to Virat Kohli. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot flick, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Lewis.
Another boundary. Kohli on 99*
This time Kohli was in full control as he just opened the face off his bat at the last possible moment to play the ball fine to the third man fence.
Four runs for Kohli! Moves onto 95*
Good bumper from Roach as Kohli's pull came out as a top-edge but the shot ends up in a positive way with the ball slowly rolling away from the short-fine leg fielder for a four.
30.4 FOUR! Kemar Roach to Virat Kohli. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Steer, well timed past third man for 4 runs.
30.3 Kemar Roach to Virat Kohli. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Paul.
30.2 FOUR! Kemar Roach to Virat Kohli. Short, outside off stump on the back foot hooking, top edge in the air uncontrolled past fine leg for 4 runs.
30.1 Kemar Roach to Kedar Jadhav. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Pooran.
Fruitful over for India! They have ensured that the West Indies haven't been in control for a lot of overs strung together.