Virat Kohli produced a blazing hundred and Shreyas Iyer scored a quick-fire half-century to help India beat West Indies by six wickets in Trinidad on Wednesday.
The day started with West Indies Captain Jason Holder winning the toss and opting to bat first despite the pitch kept under the covers due to showers in the morning. Due to torrential rains, the game was reduced to 35-overs for both teams.
Holder’s decision proved to be decent one as the hosts posted mammoth 240 for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 50 overs, courtesy brilliant 115-run opening wicket partnership between Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis
Chris Gayle finished the innings with the top score of 72 off 41 with the help of eight fours and five sixes, whereas Lewis scored 43 off 29 with the help of five fours and three sixes. Shai Hope, Shimron Hetymer and Nicholas Pooran contributed well to the team’s cause and put up a competitive score on the board for India.
For India, Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the most economical bowler with figures of 1 for 32 in 7 overs. Khaleel Ahmed picked up three wickets but conceded 68 runs from his seven overs.
India beat West Indies by six wickets in a rain-curtailed game played at Port of Spain, Trinidad
Chasing 241 runs to win the series, India lost their in-form opener Rohit Sharma early, but skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan put visitors in good position with 66-run second wicket partnership.
However, Shikhar Dhawan failed once again to get a big score and perished after scoring 36 runs off 36 balls. Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant’s woeful form continued as he was dismissed for a first-ball duck to see India placed in a tricky situation at 92 for 3 after 12.4 overs.
Due to superlative batting performance from Indian Captain Virat Kohli, who scored his 43rd century in limited-overs cricket, India looked on course to win the game. He added 120 runs with Shreyas Iyer to help India register a comfortable win.
Kohli remained unbeaten till the end and scored 114 not out off 99 balls with the help of 14 boundaries. He was well supported by Shreyas Iyer, who once again showed his caliber and chipped in with 65 off 41 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes.
Left-arm orthodox spinner was the standout performer for West Indies, as he claimed two wickets and just gave away 40 runs in his six overs. He was well supported by off-spinner Roston Chase, who gave 43 runs in his seven overs.