Prime News, National and International Sport, Cricket, Cuttack (Odisha), December 23:- Team India skipper Virat Kohli anchored yet another run chase as the hosts beat West Indies by 4 wickets in the third and final ODI to win the series 2-1, in Cuttack on Sunday.
Though Kohli could not finish off the match, falling for 85, with India needing 30 more runs to win in four overs, a cameo by pacer Shardul Thakur (17 off six balls) and a composed innings of 39* from Ravindra Jadeja saw India overhaul the target with eight balls to spare.
Openers Rohit Sharma (63) and K L Rahul (77) set the platform for the chase with an 122-run opening wicket partnership. This was India’s 10th successive series win over the West Indies.
Displaying panache and patience in equal measure, Kohli made 85 off 81 balls, but got out to an innocuous Keemo Paul delivery. But Thakur had other ideas.
Set a challenging target of 316 in the series-decider, India were cruising at 122 for no loss when they lost Rohit was dismissed for a run-a-ball 63 in the 22nd over.
Rahul and Shreyas Iyer fell for the addition of 21 runs, and the task became tricky when Rishabh Pant was bowled by Paul. At that stage, India were 201 in the 35th over but Kohli steadied the ship and took India closer to the target. However, for a change, he could not finish the job.
In the last five years this is the first time Kohli has got out in the 80s or 90s in an ODI chase.
Earlier, after being put into bat, West Indies scored 315 for 5 in the allotted 50 overs. Nicholas Pooran top-scored for the visitors, with a 64-ball 89, while skipper Kieron Pollard chipped in with a 51-ball 74. The West Indies left it late with Pooran and Pollard taking the Indian attack apart, with a stand of 135 runs from 98 balls.
The Indian bowling attack that looked steady during the first 40 overs, conceded 118 in the last 10 overs to get past 300-run target.
West Indies won the opening ODI in Chennai after Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope hit brilliant centuries to thrash India by 8 wickets. India, however, kept their hopes alive by coming back strongly in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam and defeating the West Indies by 107 runs to level the series. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)