Ton-up Kohli, Shami Guide India to Series Win over Windies


India flexed their muscles in scintillating style as they thumped West Indies by 8 wickets at the Sabina Park in Jamaica to wrap up the five-match series 3-1 here on Thursday.

The bowlers once again restricted the hosts to a modest total of 205/9 in the designated 50 overs, while during the chase, skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with yet another century to guide India home with 73 balls to spare.

West Indies vs India, 5th ODI: As It Happened

However, India’s chase didn’t got off to the best of starts as Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by Alzarri Joseph in the first over of the chase itself. Kohli then came out to the crease and then stitched a brilliant 79-run partnership for the second wicket.

Rahane was finally trapped LWB by Bishoo when he was batting at 39. Rahane’s dismissal brought Dinesh Karthik to the crease and he alongwith Kohli took the game away from the hosts. The duo hit boundaries at will to keep the required run rate always under control.

Kohli finally reached his 28th ODI century in style and by doing so he also set the new world record of most number of centuries (18) in a chase in ODIs. Meanhwhile, Karthik also slammed his 8th ODI fifty.

The duo stitched an unbeaten 122-run partnership for the third wicket to get India over the line with eight wicket left and more than 13 overs to spare.

Earlier, comeback man Mohammed Shami bagged four wickets as an under-fire India produced a disciplined bowling effort to restrict West Indies to a modest 205 for nine.

Playing only his second ODI after a long injury lay-off, Shami picked up four wickets giving 48 runs from his 10 overs to pull West Indies back.

Besides Shami, Umesh Yadav gave him ample support from the other end and returned with impressive figures of three for 53.

For West Indies, Shai Hope top-scored with a patient 51 off 98 balls during which he hit just five boundaries, while his brother Kyle made 46 off 50 deliveries with nine fours to his credit.

Opting to bat, West Indies made a decent start before the hosts lost their first wicket in the ninth over when Evin Lewis (9) was caught by India skipper Virat Kohli off the Hardik Pandya’s (1/27) second delivery of the innings.

Hope brothers, Kyle and Shai then shared 37 runs off 45 balls for the second wicket before Umesh struck twin blows in consecutive balls to peg West Indies back.

Kyle, who was looking good, struck Umesh for two consecutive boundaries in the 16th over but in search of one too many he perished, picking out Shikhar Dhawan at mid-wicket while trying to attempt for an ambitious pull.

Umesh then had Roston Chase LBW for a duck with a full and straight delivery in the next ball. The batsman went for the review but to no avail with West Indies slumping to 76 for three by the end of the 16th over.

Shai and Jason Mohammed (16) then stitched 39 for the fourth wicket before Kedar Jadhav (1/13) struck with his golden arm, dismissing the latter with a straight forward return catch.

Young Shai held one end up and and played with caution to notch up his second half-century of the series in the 38th over.

Together with skipper Jason Holder, Shai added 48 runs for the fifth wicket to keep West Indies’ innings afloat.

While Shai played with caution, Holder was aggressive from the onset and piled up his 36 runs off just 34 balls with the help of four boundaries and one six. But an irresponsible shot led to Holder’s dismissal as he was holed out to Dhawan at long-on to hand Shami his first wicket.

An over later Shami struck again when he dismissed Shai with the set batsman attempting an ambitious shot and Ajinkya Rahane did the rest by latching on to an outstanding running catch at mid-wicket.

Shami again struck in his next over removing Ashley Nurse, who chipped one straight to Kuldeep Yadav at short mid-wicket.

Shami also accounted for Devendra Bishoo, caugh by Dhoni behind the stumps.

Rovman Powell (31 off 32 balls) played a good hand towards the end to get West Indies past the 200-run mark.

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