Pune: After the Centurion of Captain Virat Kohli (107), the West Indies defeated India by 43 runs in the third one-day match played here on Saturday, equaling 1-1 in the series.
With this innings, Kohli became the first Indian and the tenth player to score centuries in three consecutive ODI innings. After their hundred innings, the West Indies team succeeded in tasting victory for the first time on their tour of India.
The West Indies batting first, after scoring 283 runs for nine wickets, put the Indian innings on 240 runs in 47.4 overs. India had won the first match of the series played in Guwahati while the second match played at Visakhapatnam was a draw.
In the match played at the MCA International ground here, Virat Kohli was the only obstacle in the West Indies victory. Who completed his 37th ODI century in the 38th over with a run from West Indian captain Jason Holder’s first ball. He hit 10 fours and a six in 119 balls. As long as he was on the crease, the Indian team was heading for victory, but the holder made a gamble to perform with spineless spinner Marlon Samuels (three wickets for 12 runs) which was successful.
Samuels put the Indian captain on the track to conquer the team in the 42nd over. He was the most successful bowler in the West Indies. The Indian team, who started chasing the target, was poorly started. In the second over, Holder (two for 46 runs) made opener Rohit Sharma (08). After that Shikhar Dhawan (35) and Kohli shared a 81-run partnership, but the duo’s pair broke the spinner Ashley Nurse (two wickets for 43 runs).
They pumped out Dhawan. After that Ambati Rayudu (22) and Rishabh Pant (24) were not able to convert a good start into a big innings. Though Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former captain made out of the T20 team, had great hopes but he made only seven runs to become the second victim of the holder. Ashley Nurse took 40 wickets in the second innings with a two-wicket haul, which earned him the man of the match award.
Earlier, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah did not make the second consecutive century to Ship hop, but West Indies made 283 runs for nine wickets in the third one-dayer against India, after a brilliant start. After resting in the first two matches, Bumrah got four wickets in 35 balls with 10 runs in 10 overs. Bumrah did not let the West Indies start a good start by sending the pavilion to Keiron Powell (21) and Chandrapal Hemraj (15).
After this he also dismissed Hope and Ashley Nurse (40). Hope, who scored an unbeaten 123 in Visakhapatnam ODI, scored 95 runs off 113 balls to get the West Indies out of the crisis. At the end, Nurse and Kemar Roach (15 not out) added 56 runs for the ninth wicket and brought West Indies closer to 300 runs. Caribbean batsmen started well but they could not convert to big innings.
Hope shared a 56-run partnership with Shimron Hetmeier (37) for the fourth wicket. Dhoni impressed with the wicket of Stuart Broad after hitting the batsman. This wicket got Kuldeep Yadav, who took two wickets for 52 runs. Prior to this, Dhoni smashed a catch of Kieron Powell with a diving bolt running towards backward square leg boundary at Bumrahah.
Dhoni, out of the Indian T20 team, proved to be his fitness and form with his performance. Hope shared a 76-run partnership with skipper Jason Holder for the sixth wicket. Hoped missed the run-rate with five runs from the century and Bumrah finished his innings on the glorious Yankar. He hit six fours and three sixes in his innings.