India down WI to clinch ODI series


CUTTACK: Skipper Virat Kohli smashed 85 to help India pull off a nervous chase of 316 to win the third one-day international by four wickets against West Indies and clinch the series on Sunday.

India relied on a key 58-run sixth-wicket stand between Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja, unbeaten on 39 off 31 balls, to achieve their target with eight balls to spare in Cuttack. Paceman Keemo Paul claimed three wickets, including that of Kohli in the 47th over, before Jadeja and Shardul Thakur, 17 not out, took the team home and win the series 2-1.

Rohit Sharma, who made 63, and KL Rahul, on 77, lay the foundation of the team’s chase with their opening partnership of 122 after the West Indies posted 315 for five. West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran put together 135 runs for the fifth wicket to lift their side from 144 for four to a fighting total.

Pollard remained unbeaten on 74 off 51 deliveries after Pooran hit an attacking 89 to pulverise the Indian bowling in the last 10 overs that got West Indies 118 runs. In response Kohli, who made India bowl first after winning the toss, batted with conviction despite wickets falling from the other end to make the second-ranked ODI side finish the year on a high. Jason Holder got Sharma caught behind and Alzarri Joseph sent Rahul trudging back to the pavilion after his second successive score of 50 plus. He made 102 in India’s series-levelling second ODI. But Kohli kept up the attack during his 81-ball knock despite wickets falling at the other end before chopping a wide delivery on the off side onto his stumps.

West Indies

E. Lewis c Saini b Jadeja 21

S. Hope b Shami 42

R. Chase b Saini 38

S. Hetmyer c Yadav b Saini 37

N. Pooran c Jadeja b Thakur 89

K. Pollard not out 74

J. Holder not out 7

Extras: (lb4, w3) 7

Total: (5 wickets, 50 overs) 315

DNB: K. Paul, K. Pierre, A. Joseph, S. Cottrell

Fall: 1-57 (Lewis), 2-70 (Hope), 3-132 (Hetmyer), 4-144 (Chase), 5-279 (Pooran)

Bowling: Thakur 10-0-66-1 (w2), Shami 10-2-66-1, Saini 10-0-58-2 (w1), Yadav 10-0-67-0, Jadeja 10-0-54-1

India (target 316)

R. Sharma c Hope b Holder 63

KL Rahul c Hope b Joseph 77

V. Kohli b Paul 85

S. Iyer c Joseph b Paul 7

R. Pant b Paul 7

K. Jadhav b Cottrell 9

R. Jadeja not out 39

S. Thakur not out 17

Extras: (lb2, w9, nb1) 12

Total: (6 wickets, 48.4 overs) 316

DNB: S. Thakur, K. Yadav, M. Shami, N. Saini

Fall: 1-122 (Sharma), 2-167 (Rahul), 3-188 (Iyer), 4-201 (Pant), 5-228 (Jadhav), 6-286 (Kohli)

Bowling: Cottrell 10-1-74-1 (w7), Holder 10-0-63-1, Paul 9.4-0-59-3 (nb1), Chase 4-0-19-0, Pierre 7-0-46-0, Joseph 8-0-53-1 (w2)

Toss: India

Result: India won by four wickets

Series: India won the three-match series 2-1

Umpires: Shaun George (RSA), Nitin Menon (IND)

TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS.

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