India finally won the series against West Indies, to safeguard its impression as a strong ODI team. Drawing the series would have been a big let-down for Virat Kohli, but the win of 3-1 turned out impressive for India, especially after the defeat in the fourth match. West Indies’ strategy to bat first did not work out well as India bowlers restricted host batsmen to 205. The score was worrisome even in the previous fixture, but this time Indies’ bowlers failed to contain India’s batsmen. The chase was powered with Kohli’s century knock, enabling his team to reach the target in 37 overs.
In West Indies’ inning set out strong. Although the opening pairs Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope could not do more together, the third wicket partnership between the two Hopes, Kyle and Shai, hauled the score to 76 by the 16th over. The partnership was taken down Umesh Yadav attacked Kyle Hope. The batsman ended this stretch in scoring 46 off 50 balls. However, Shai played about 25 overs more to knock a half century of 51 runs off 98 balls. The inning slogged, but his partners ensured the flow of runs. Jason Holder, 36 off 34, while, Jason Mohammed had 16 off 39, playing alongside Hope. Shai returned to the pavilion a couple of overs after Holder. Rovmen Powell steered the final overs remaining on crease until the last over. The player added 31 off 32 in the stretch.
India bowlers, Umesh Yadav, Kedar Yadav and Mohammed Shami found their forms in the match. Umesh took three wickets at an economy of 5.3, while Shami had 4 wickets at the economy of 4.8. Kedar Yadav bowled 4 crucial overs giving out only 13 runs, including a wicket.
When Dhawan was down in the first over, it seemed India again caught the jinx. Even Kohli started slow, partnering with Ajinkya Rahane. The third wicket partnership lasted 17 overs to bring 84 runs. Rahane was trapped by Devendra Bishoo at 39, but it was the last success of West Indies bowlers. Skipper Kohli and Dinesh Karthick played 18 overs together hauling the chase to victory. The batsmen scored the unbeaten 122 runs.
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