Virat Kohli century sets up India win over West Indies

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A Virat Kohli century helped India post 330-6 against West Indies, which proved too much for the tourists to chase and provided the hosts with a 2-1 series victory.

Kohli received good support from Ajinkya Rahane (68) and Suresh Raina (71) as India made the most of conditions after being put into bat by their opponents.

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The Windies’ reply was led by Marlon Samuels – who was the last man out for 112 – but few contributions from the rest of the batting order left the visitors 60 runs shy of victory.

With news breaking during the game that the West Indies players would be departing their tour of India early, MS Dhoni’s side claimed a 2-1 victory in the initially scheduled five-match series.


Dwayne Bravo completed his coin-calling responsibilities with his entire team standing behind him, showing support during what has been a difficult time for the side.

With dispute over pay curtailing their tour of India, Bravo would have surely regretted his decision to put his opponents in to bat first once their innings was underway in the
final game of the series.

West Indian bowlers, Jerome Taylor (1-77) and Andre Russell (1-48), were both expensive, going at more than a run-a-ball, whilst the strike rates of Shikhar Dhawan (35), Kohli (127) and Raina (71) all exceeded 100.


Kohli’s innings was the showpiece of the India innings, with a total of 16 boundaries flurrying off the right-hander’s bat. After taking 65 balls to reach his half-century, the 25-year-old then raced to three figures in just another 36 deliveries.

And he put on an explosive partnership with Raina that took the game away from the West Indies. Between them, the pair put on 138 runs for the third wicket in just 18 overs.

Raina smashed five maximums before he was dismissed by Taylor, whilst Kohli continued scoring until he was run out off the final ball of the innings.


The Windies were in trouble at 1-1 when Dwayne Smith was removed by Umesh Yadav for a duck. Darren Bravo added 40 but wickets were tumbling all around with the scoreboard reading 121-5 when his cousin, Dwayne, was dismissed for 0 in the 28th over.

Bravo was trapped LBW by Ravindra Jadeja, just two balls after the spinner removed Denesh Ramdin (9).

The main glint of hope for the West Indies was the swashbuckling striking of Marlon Samuels, who reached his century from 97 balls. He hit six sixes, and received late support from Russell (46) who scored at a rate of two-a-ball to suggest a late surge,
but India held strong to wrap up a 59-run win with 11 deliveries to spare.



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