India Thrash West Indies To Clinch The ODI Series:- As India thrashed West Indies by eight wickets to clinch the five match ODI series 3-1 at the Sabina Park on Thursday, Skipper Virat Kohli scored a century and Dinesh Karthik came good with a half-century.
As India restricted the hosts to 205 for nine in their allotted 50 overs, earlier Mohammed Shami had taken four for 48.
It was always going to be an easy chase but India once again lost an early wicket, with Shikhar Dhawan falling to Alzarri Josepph. To bring the visitors back on track, Ajinkya Rahane and Kohli, however, Ajinkya Rahane and Kohli stitched a 79-run partnership for the second wicket. Rahane had been lucky earlier on as he was dropped on six at point. He cashed in to help strengthen India but fell 11 short of becoming the fourth Indian to score fifties in five successive matches.
After his dismissal, Kohli and Dinesh Karthik, who got to his first fifty in four years, took charge and saw India through. Kohli, who began carefully, got into masterful touch and scored his 28th century which also was his 18th in second innings. It took him past Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 17 second innings centuries.
Kohli finished the game with a six. Earlier, Shami and Umesh Yadav (3/53) helped India restrict the hosts to 205.Shami got rid of top-scorer Shai Hope (51 off 98 balls) and captain Jason Holder (36 off 34). Umesh Yadav took two wickets off two balls and that set the Windies back following a good start.
Till the time he was there, West Indies looked on course. However, he fell while trying to pull Umesh, who had looked the weakest link in the Indian attack up until then. After hitting him for two smashing boundaries, Kyle tried to hit one through midwicket but was caught. From thereon, India spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja got the measure of West Indies batting and throttled the run rate which put pressure on the home batsmen.
The hosts managed some impetus through captain Holder, who reverse swept Chinaman Kuldeep for boundaries. Shai Hope, who managed a fighting half-century and shared a 48-run partnership with Holder tried to up the pace. He had been going at a strike rate of just over 50. He, however, failed to hit the top gear, holing out to Ajinkya Rahane, who pulled off a brilliant running catch at mid wicket. Rovman Powell helped them cross 200 with a 32-ball 31.
- Windies Squad
Playing XI - Evin Lewis, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope (wk), Roston Chase, Jason Mohammed, Jason Holder (c), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Kesrick Williams BenchMiguel Cummins, Sunil Ambris
- India Squad
Playing XI - Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami BenchRishabh Pant, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
West Indies Vs India
205/9 (50) Vs 206/2 (36.5)
India won by 8 wickets