Dharamsala,, Oct 17:
Aided by a Virat Kohli master class century, India defeated the West Indies by 59 runs in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium here Friday.
Set a target of 331 runs after Indian batsman, man-of-the-match, Virat Kohli slammed his 20th ODI century (127) to help the home team post an imposing score of 330 for six, the West Indies innings folded for 271 runs in 48.1 overs, despite Marlon Samuels’ fighting century (112).
It was always going to difficult for the Windies team, embroiled in an ongoing pay dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and West Indies Players’ Union (WIPA) that had their tour of India to be abandoned midway, to chase that imposing target.
They were quickly on the back foot, reduced to 27 for two in the 11th over.
But Samuels, their in-form batsman, struck his second century of the series to give them hope. However, they lost wickets at regular intervals to fall way short of their target.
The Indian bowlers performed well with as many as five bowlers taking two wickets each.
Kohli scored a stroke-filled century to help India post 330 for six.
The visitors won the toss and elected to field, but they were left to rue the decision as India made a strong start through Shikhar Dhwan (35) and Ajinkya Rahane (68), who added 70 runs for the opening wicket.
Kohli then extended the misery of the Windies — who earlier had announced their pulling out of the remainder of the tour — with a superb 114-ball knock, studded with 13 fours and three sixes.
Suresh Raina gave Kohli able support and hammered his way to 71 off just 58 balls, including three fours and five sixes.
The duo strung together 138 runs off 108 balls as India sped to 280 in the 45th over. The visitors did manage to remove Raina and the dangerous Mahendra Singh Dhoni too failed to get going.
But that didn’t stop the Indian juggernaut, led by Kohli, as the hosts manage to score 30 runs off the final 16 balls to post an imposing target.
Spinner Sulieman Benn was the most economical of the Windies bowlers and also managed to pick up a wicket.
Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder and Andre Russell all picked up a wicket each too.
AjinkyaRahane lbw b Benn 68
Shikhar Dhawan c DM Bravo b Russell 35
Virat Kohli run out 127
Suresh Raina c Ramdin b Taylor 71
Mahendra Singh Dhoni run out 6
Ravindra Jadeja c Russell b Holder 2
Ambati Rayadu not out 12
Extras (lb 6, w 3) 9
Total: (for six wickets in 50 overs) 330
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Dhawan, 11.3 overs), 2-142 (Rahane, 26.4), 3-280 (Raina, 44.4), 4-290 (Dhoni, 46.3), 5-300 (Jadeja, 47.2), 6-330 (Kohli, 49.6)
Jerome Taylor 9-0-77-1
Jason Holder 9-0-52-1
Andre Russell 7-0-48-1
Sulieman Benn 8-0-30-1
Marlon Samuels 10-54-0
Dwayne Bravo 6-0-51-0
Kieron Pollard 1-0-12-0
Dwayne Smith c Mohammed Shami b Yadav 0
Darren Bravo b Patel 40
Kieron Pollard c Dhawan b Kumar 6
Marlon Samuels b Mohammed Shami 112
Denesh Ramdin c Patel b Jadeja 9
Dwayne Bravo lbw b Jadeja 0
Darren Sammy c and b Patel 16
Andre Russell b Yadav 46
Jason Holder c Raina b Kumar 11
Jerome Taylor b Mohammed Shami 11
Sulieman Benn not out 1
Extras (lb 10, w 9) 19
Total (all out in 48.1 overs) 271
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Smith, 1.6 overs), 2-27 (Pollard, 10.6), 3-83 (DM Bravo, 20.2), 4-120 (Ramdin, 27.1), 5-121 (DJ Bravo, 27.4), 6-165 (Sammy, 35.1), 7-222 (Russell, 40.5), 8-239 (Holder, 43.3), 9-260 (Taylor, 46.3), 10-271 (Samuels, 48.1)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10-2-25-2
Umesh Yadav 9-0-44-2
Mohammed Shami 9.1-0-72-2
Virat Kohli 1-0-14-0
Akshar Patel 10-1-26-2
Ravindra Jadeja 9-1-80-2
Toss: West Indies chose to field
Series: India won the 5-match series 2-1 (2 cancelled)
Player of the match: Virat Kohli (India)
Umpires: Ian Gould (England) and Vineet Kulkarni
TV umpire: Anil Chaudhary
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: Nitin Menon