3rd ODI: India Beat Windies by 4 Wickets, Clinch Series 2-1

3rd ODI: India Beat Windies by 4 Wickets, Clinch Series 2-1

Live updates from the 3rd ODI between India and West Indies in Cuttack.

India’s opener Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul once again gave the hosts a perfect start and skipper Virat Kohli complied a well-made 85 to beat West Indies by four wickets in the third ODI to clinch the series 2-1 at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.

In the end, it was a cameo from Shardul Thakur (17 not out of 6 balls) which tilted the balance in India’s favour after India were in a spot of bother with the dismissal of skipper Virat Kohli in the 47th over.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also played a crucial knock of 39 off 30 balls.

Both openers brought up their fifties, for the second time in the series, as they put on their second 100-run stand in the series.

But, Rohit eventually held out to Jason Holder in 22nd over for 63 runs off 63 balls, which included 8 fours and a six. Rahul was next to go for an 89-ball 77. As Virat Kohli controlled things at one end, India lost two quick wickets.

Shreyas Iyer was the first to go for 7. Alazari Joseph took a brilliant low catch at fine leg off Keemo Paul to end Iyer’s streak of four fifties in a row. Two overs later, Paul came back to castle Rishabh Pant, who played a lazy shot to drag the ball back onto the stumps.

Earlier, against the run of play, West Indian youngster Nicolas Pooran smashed a brilliant 64-ball 89 to help his side put up a challenging total of 315/5 against in India in theGiving Pooran company at the centre, skipper Kieron Pollard also played an equally destructive innings of 74 not out as the duo stitched a partnership of 135 runs off just 100 balls for the fifth wicket to rescue the visitors, who were reeling at 144/4.

Put into bat, Windies openers Evin Lewis and Shai Hope were off to a cautious start. They were nudging along at 57/0 in 15 overs when Lewis lost his patience and hit a flighted delivery from Jadeja towards mid-wicket. The ball hit the lower part of the bat and Saini took a brilliant catch near the boundary to send Lewis back.

Five overs later, Shami got the better of the in-form Shai Hope to dismantle the furnitures of Shai Hope, who was batting well at 42 off 50 balls.

The pair of Shimron Hetmyer (37) and Roston Chase (38) were looking good for their 62-run stand. But pacer Navdeep Saini, who was making his ODI debut, sent both the batters back to the pavilion in successive overs.

Both, Pollard and Pooran targeted Kuldeep Yadav as the wrist spinner leaked 67 runs in his 10 overs. Pollard hit 7 sixes and 3 fours en route his unbeaten 51-ball 74 while Pooran smashed 3 sixes and 10 fours for his 64-ball 89.West Indies scored 118 runs in the last 10 overs with the loss of Pooran’s wicket in the 48th over.

Meanwhile, right-arm pacer Deepak Chahar, who was ruled out of the third rubber due to a lower back injury, was replaced by Navdeep Saini. West Indies named the same playing XI from the last match.

West Indies won the series opener in Chennai after Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer hit twin centuries to help the visitors register a comfortable 8-wicket win.

But, India cameback strongly in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam to level the series with a comprehensive win by 107 runs. Openers Rohit Sharma smashed a 138-ball 159 while Lokesh Rahul scored 102 to help India set up a daunting total of 387/5, before West Indies were all-out for 280 in 43 overs.

Playing XI

India: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini .

West Indies: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell .


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