Once again it was a normal day for skipper Virat Kohli and his men while chasing a target of 316 as they chased the target with eight balls to spare. courtesy Ravindra Jadeja’s 39 and Shardul Thakur little cameo of 17 in just six balls, in the end. Both promised India to yet another 2-1 ODI series victory against West Indies in Cuttack.
Virat Kohli, the chase master again showed his brilliance taking India at the end despite a little collapse. It was also rare to see him getting out in the 80s. He scored 85 off just 81 balls and received Man of the Match.
Again, the opening pair of Rohit Sharma (63) and KL Rahul (77) laid the foundation of a big run chase. Both added 122 for the opening wicket stand. At once stage, India were in a spot of bother when KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Kedar Jadhav walked back in quick intervals.
All-rounder Keemo Paul took three wickets and was the pick of the bowler for visitors as others didn’t contribute as it was needed badly to stop the Indians.
Earlier, the hosts put the visiting team to bat first and they posted an alarming total of 315 by the help of dangerous Nicholas Pooran (89) and captain Kieron Pollard (74*). They haunted Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground, adding 133 to the fifth-wicket partnership.
Debutant Navdeep Saini claimed two wickets. Other notable run-scorer for Windies were Shai Hope (42), Rostan Chase (38) and Shimron Hetmyer (37) all adding valuable contributions to the total.