India produced a splendid batting performance to register a four wicket-win over West Indies in third and final ODI to secure the three-match series in Cuttack on Sunday.
The day started with Indian Captain Virat Kohli winning the toss and opting to bowl first, given the perfect batting conditions at Barabati Stadium.
India bowlers put in a decent performance and managed to restrict West Indies to a score of 315 for 5 in their allotted 50 overs. Middle-order batsman Nicholas Pooran held the innings together and finished the innings with the top score of 89 off 64 balls with the help of 10 fours and three sixes. He put on a 135-run partnership with Kieron Pollard to see West Indies well on course to post a competitive score on the board.
Captain Kieron Pollard produced a blistering innings at the back end of the innings. He scored 74 not out off 51 balls with the help of three fours and seven sixes.
Shai Hope once again chipped in with 42 runs off 50 balls with the help of five boundaries, whereas Shimron Hetymer scored 37 runs off 33 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
For India, pacer Navdeep Saini was the most successful bowler on show as he claimed figures of two for 58 in his 10 overs.
In reply, India had an excellent start to the chase with 122-run opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul. Sharma scored 63 runs off 63 balls with the help of eight fours and one six, whereas Rahul chipped in with a half-century for the side.
Hosts India registered a hard-fought win over West Indies in the series decider played at Cuttack.
When Rahul departed for 77 runs, India were comfortably placed at 167 for 2 after 30 overs. Indian Captain Virat Kohli kept the scoreboard ticking for the side. He put on a 58-run partnership with Ravendra Jadeja to help India take game down to the wire.
Indian Captain Virat Kohli delivered a splendid innings for the side and finished the innings with the top-score of 85 runs off 81 balls with the help of nine boundaries. Despite Kohli departure in the 46th over, Ravendra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur put on a crucial partnership to see India complete the target in the penultimate over of the innings. Jadeja scored unbeaten 39 runs off 31 balls with the help of nine fours, whereas Thakur chipped in with 17 runs off just 6 balls with the help of two fours and one six.
For his splendid innings for India, Virat Kohli was named man of the match.