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India vs West Indies: Thanks to Shai and Ashley Windies nurse hope
28 October 2018

Kohli became the first Indian and 10th overall to score three successive hundreds.

Virat Kohli became the first Indian to score three successive ODI hundreds but his 38th hundred wasn’t enough to steer India home in the third one-dayer against the West Indies on Saturday.

Lack of support from the other end, after the Windies’ tail built on Shai Hope’s impressive knock, meant the visiting team levelled the series with a convincing 43-run win at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here.

When India began its chase of 284, a combination of slowish surface and a long tail meant the reliable top three had to fire for India to overhaul the target.

However, the Windies outfit, inspired from the tie in Visakhapatnam three nights earlier, continued to strike regularly right through the chase to deprive the India skipper from running away with the game.

Perfect start

Captain Jason Holder gave Windies a perfect start by knocking down Rohit Sharma’s middle-stump with a full-length ball that moved away in the second over. The stunned silence in the stands turned into the loudest roar of the day with captain Kohli walking to the crease.

Kohli glanced Holder for a four to open his account and hinted that he was not content with scores of 140 and unbeaten 157, coming into the game.

 

West Indies’ Shai Hope plays a shot during the third ODI against India in Pune on October 27, 2018.

West Indies’ Shai Hope plays a shot during the third ODI against India in Pune on October 27, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Prashant Nakwe

Shikhar Dhawan, having made little contribution in the series so far, came into his element with a few delightful drives and cuts off the pacers.

As long as the Delhi dazzlers were driving the chase, India looked to be in control. However, once Dhawan missed a sweep off Ashley Nurse — whose cameo with the willow at the death had swung the pendulum in Windies’ favour — and was adjudged leg-before in the 18th over, Windies sensed an opportunity.

Debutant Fabian Allen — who came in for leggie Devendra Bishoo — didn’t let Kohli or Ambati Rayudu dominate his left-arm spin and Nurse too kept it tight.

With Rayudu looking comfortable against spin, rookie left-arm pacer Obed McCoy was re-introduced into the attack and Rayudu played on to the stumps. Rishabh Pant started with a flurry of boundaries but then gloved Nurse to hand wicketkeeper Hope a catch in the 32nd over.

Ominous signs

Kohli was in the nineties by then, having anchored the chase well. However, he knew that with India still 110 runs adrift, he had to score a majority of them. When M.S. Dhoni edged Holder to the ’keeper to continue his mediocre run with the willow, the signs were ominous.

No wonder then that Kohli’s celebration upon reaching the three-figure mark with a single off Holder to deep backward square was subdued. With 66 required off nine overs, Holder introduced veteran Marlon Samuels into the attack and the offie got the prize scalp of Kohli off his third ball.

Running out of overs and partners, Kohli took a calculated risk off a slog but missed the ball to be bowled. The writing was clearly on the wall and Windies finally wound up India’s innings in the 48th over.

The margin of victory underlined the importance of the ninth-wicket partnership between Nurse and Kemar Roach that changed the complexion of the game. Jasprit Bumrah having reduced the visitors to 225 for eight in the 44th over, but the 56-run partnership off just 36 balls meant West Indies registered a formidable total.

Nurse unleashed his attack, first on Yuzvendra Chahal in the 45th over and then on Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the penultimate. He was especially harsh on Bhuvneshwar, smashing 21 runs including three boundaries and a six over long-off.

Nurse’s knock meant Hope, who held the innings before being yorked by Bumrah, could afford to wear a smile at the end despite missing on what would have been his second successive hundred.

And with the series level, Windies can afford to party before the next tie in Mumbai on Monday.

Scoreboard

West Indies Innings: SR Kieran Powell c Rohit b Bumrah 21; Chandrapaul Hemraj c Dhoni b Bumrah 15; Shai Hope b Bumrah 95; Marlon Samuels c Dhoni b K Khaleel Ahmed 9; Shimron Hetmyer st Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 37; Rovman Powell c Rohit b Kuldeep Yadav 4; Jason Holder c Ravindra Jadeja b Bhuvneshwar 32; Fabian Allen c Pant b Chahal 5; Ashley Nurse lbw b Bumrah 40; Kemar Roach not out 15; Obed McCoy not out 0. Extras: (B-1, LB-4, W-5) 10

Total: (For 9 wkts, 50 Overs) 283

Fall of Wickets: 25-1, 38-2, 55-3, 111-4, 121-5, 197-6, 217-7, 227-8, 283-9

Bowler: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10-0-70-1, Jasprit Bumrah 10-1-35-4, K Khaleel Ahmed 10-0-65-1, Yuzvendra Chahal 10-1-56-1, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-52-2.

India Innings: Rohit Sharma b Holder 8; Shikhar Dhawan lbw b A Nurse 35; Virat Kohli b Samuels 107; Ambati Rayudu b Obed McCoy 22; Rishabh Pant c Shai Hope b A Nurse 24; MS Dhoni c Shai Hope b Holder 7; Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Rovman Powell b Obed McCoy 10; Kuldeep Yadav not out 15; Yuzvendra Chahal c Keemo Paul b Roach 3; K Khaleel Ahmed st Shai Hope b Samuels 3; Jasprit Bumrah c Holder b Samuels 0; Extras: (LB-1, W-5) 6

Total: (For 10 wkts, 47.4 Over) 240

Fall of Wickets: 9-1, 88-2, 135-3, 172-4, 194-5, 215-6, 220-7, 225-8, 237-9, 240-10

Bowler: Kemar Roach 10-0-48-1, Jason Holder 9-0-46-2, Obed McCoy 5-0-38-2, Ashley Nurse 10-0-43-2, Fabian Allen 10-0-52-0, Marlon Samuels 3.4-1-12-3.

 

 

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