A responsible knock from wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope and all-round display of Ashley Nurse was enough for West Indies to register a 43-run win in the third ODI of the five-match series against India in Pune on Saturday.
The day started with the home side winning the toss and opting to bowl first. The decision seemed to be a correct one as the visitors lost first three wickets for just 55 runs in the 14th over. But from there on, it was the Hope show as he guided the Caribbean giants to a respectable total of 283 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
The 24-year-old finished the innings with the top score of 95 off 113 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes. He was well-supported by all-rounder Ashley Nurse, who scored 40 off 22 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. For India, pacer Jasprit Bumrah was the star of the show as he claimed figures of four for 35 in his 10 overs.
Caribbean giants register 43-run to level five-match series 1-1
In reply, the home side too had a poor beginning as they lost in-form opener, Rohit Sharma, early. But captain Virat Kohli stabilizes the innings with a 79-run partnership for the second wicket. But once the latter departed, the visitors made a grand comeback by taking wickets at regular intervals and restricted the home side to 240 in the 47.4 overs.
Captain Kohli once again showed his class and scored his third consecutive century in the series and finished with the top score of 107 off 119 balls with the help of 10 fours and one six. For West Indies, part-time off-spinner Marlon Samuels finished as the most successful bowler with three wickets, whereas pacer Jason Holder, Nurse, and Obed McCoy claimed two wickets each.