A smashing 111* from India skipper Virat Kohli helped India seal the series with ease, as they comfortably eclipsed the hosts’ tally of 205 in the final ODI with just over 13 overs and 8 wickets to spare.
On a friendly batting pitch, West Indies could only muster 205/9 in their allotted 50 overs after winning the toss for the fifth straight time, with Shai Hope top scoring with 51. None of other West Indies batsmen could cross the 50-run mark, as India’s pacers rattled the hosts’ top order; Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami shared 7 wickets between them.
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India’s response was emphatic; Kohli forged an unbeaten 122-run stand with keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik before his 79 partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (36) for the second wicket to put his side’s stamp on the series.
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India 206 for 2 (Kohli 111*, Karthik 50*) beat West Indies 205 for 9 (S Hope 51, K Hope 46, Shami 4-48, Umesh 3-53) by 8 wickets
“First and foremost the aim was to win the series, have a complete team performance. Special mention to Rahane, who’s come back after a while and he was outstanding. Shikhar as well at the top. Kuldeep was outstanding. Really pleased with the team effort in general. Winning convincingly in a chase is always nice.” Virat Kohli, captain India, said.
“We were going well at the start, Kyle Hope was going really well. He got out at an unfortunate time, and we never got back after that. The guys have to take control of their own actions – the faster we learn on our feet, the better it will be. Our bowlers have been outstanding, we conceded one score of 300, but apart from that we did very well.” Jason Holder, captain West India, said.