India sealed another ODI series win after they defeated West Indies in the fifth and last ODI of the five-match series. After winning the toss, West Indies skipper, Jason Holder elected to bat first and Windies innings folded up for a paltry 205 at the end of 50 overs.
Riding on Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 111 and Dinesh Karthik’s 50*, India won the match by 7 wickets. This is India third successive series triumph in the Caribbean. India (3-1) have recorded their third successive series triumph in the Caribbean. They had won 2-1 in 2009 and 3-2 in 2011.
Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most centuries in successful chases and now the Indian skipper has once again gone past the Indian batting legend for most hundreds in the 50-over format while chasing. It was his 18th century in a chase, going past Tendulkar’s record of 17.
Ajinkya Rahane (Man of the Series): “I really wanted to make it count. I wanted to enjoy my batting. Even in the Champions Trophy I was batting very well in the nets, and I really wanted to make it count here. This wicket was slightly better than the last two venues. The ball was coming nicely on to the bat – this was the best wicket to bat on. As I mentioned, I just wanted to enjoy my batting.”
Virat Kohli: “First and foremost the aim was to win the series, have a complete team performance. Special mention to Rahane, who’s come back after a while and he was outstanding. Shikhar as well at the top. Kuldeep was outstanding. Really pleased with the team effort in general. Winning convincingly in a chase is always nice. For me it’s all about getting the team across the line. It’s not about stats – it’s about looking at the scoreboard, looking at the bowlers, which ones to target, which ones to give respect to.”
Jason Holder: “We were going well at the start, Kyle Hope was going really well. He got out at an unfortunate time, and we never got back after that. The guys have to take control of their own actions – the faster we learn on our feet, the better it will be. I sympathise with the batsmen, but they need to learn quickly, and use the off-season well.”
India (IND) Scorecard
|Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Devendra Bishoo||39||51||5||0|
|Shikhar Dhawan c Evin Lewis b Alzarri Joseph||4||3||1||0|
|Virat Kohli (C) not out||111||115||12||2|
|Dinesh Karthik not out||50||52||5||0|
West Indies (WI) Scorecard
|Evin Lewis c Virat Kohli b Hardik Pandya||9||20||0||0|
|Kyle Hope c Shikhar Dhawan b Umesh Yadav||46||50||9||0|
|Shai Hope (W) c Ajinkya Rahane b Mohammed Shami||51||98||5||0|
|Roston Chase lbw b Umesh Yadav||0||1||0||0|
|Jason Mohammed c & b Kedar Jadhav||16||39||0||0|
|Jason Holder (C) c Shikhar Dhawan b Mohammed Shami||36||34||4||1|
|Rovman Powell c MS Dhoni b Umesh Yadav||31||32||0||2|
|Ashley Nurse c Kuldeep Yadav b Mohammed Shami||0||4||0||0|
|Devendra Bishoo c MS Dhoni b Mohammed Shami||6||15||1||0|
|Alzarri Joseph not out||3||5||0||0|
|Kesrick Williams not out||0||2||0||0|