After losing their 4th ODI by mere 11 runs, Virat Kohli and Co. bounced back extraordinarily and defeated the West Indies on their home soil by 8 wickets in the 5th ODI of the India vs West Indies bilateral series. Skipper Virat Kohli’s captain’s knock of 111 runs off 115 and Dinesh Karthik’s 50 of 52 helped India take the game home and conquer the series by 3-1. Virat Kohli not only knocked his 28th career hundred but also made a World Record of the highest number of centuries while chasing. It was his 18th century while chasing and 6th as an Indian captain.
Earlier, in order to chase down the target of 206 runs in 50 overs, Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan came at the crease. They had a god start but Dhawan couldn’t go long as he lost his wicket in the first over itself. It was a shocking moment for every cricket fan. The team was reduced to 5 for 1 and then came Virat Kohli to bat.
He batted phenomenally with Ajinkya Rahane first where they added 84 runs for the 3rd wicket before Rahane was dismissed by Devendra Bishoo for 39 runs. Post his dismissal, Dinesh Karthik joined the party with the skipper and they added 122 runs for the 3rd wicket and took the team to victory.
Virat Kohli hit a massive six to win the game and India won the series by 3-1.
— ICC (@ICC) July 6, 2017
Earlier today, West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first while invited Team India for bowling. Mohammed Shami bagged a four-wicket haul as India restricted West Indies to 205/9 in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Sabina Park Stadium here on Thursday.
— ICC (@ICC) July 6, 2017
Shai Hope was the most successful among the West Indies batsmen with 51 runs of 98 balls. Hewaged a lonely battle along with opener Kyle Hope who scored a breezy 46 off 50 deliveries before being sent back by Umesh Yadav.
The hosts were off to a slow start with openers Evan Lewis and Kyle struggling to find the gaps.
Lewis crawled his way to nine runs off 20 deliveries before a mistimed attempt to hit pacer Hardik Pandya over mid-off saw him hand an easy catch to Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Kyle and Shai joined forces and was building up what seemed to be a potentially promising partnership before the former pulled a Yadav delivery into the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at midwicket.
Yadav tasted success with his very next delivery when he trapped Roston Chase leg before.
The twin blows prompted the hosts to become extra cautious and the run rate crawled along at snail’s pace as Shai and Jason Mohammed added just 39 runs between them over the next 14.3 overs.
Following Mohammed’s dismissal, Jason Holder tried to up the ante with 36 runs off 34 deliveries before being sent back by Shami. Shai followed him back to the pavilion soon after.
However, Rovman Powell seemed set to end the West Indies innings on a high note with a 32-ball 31. But he did not too much support at the other end as the Indians picked up wickets at regular intervals.
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