India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: Virat Kohli leads India to victory in the series with 43rd ODI one hundred
PORT OF SPAIN: with class virat Kohli rampant rampant Chris Gayle as India defeated the West Indies by six wickets in the third and final international of a day affected by the rain of its series at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.
He set a revised target of 255 based on the DLS scoring method after Gayle shot 72 by marking the home side to 240 for seven of 35 overs, Kohli was the most compelling in compiling an undefeated 114, his second one hundred ODI in a row , to pilot his team at 256 for four with 15 balls to spare.
His 43rd ODI one hundred 99 balls with 14 four and the overall impact on the series assured him the double recognition of 'Man of the Match' and 'Man of the Series'.
This successful chase under leaden skies and with the lights on gave India the 2-0 series after the first game left in Guyana last week.
Kohli's master idea of another successful quest will make Jason Holder and his West Indies team distrust what the Indian captain will have to offer with the bat in the next two races in Antigua and Jamaica.
However, despite how dominant their tickets were, the hosts had to regret a direct opportunity lost by wicketkeeper Shai Hope against the all-terrain Keemo Paul when the champion hitter was barely 11 years old.
He received excellent support, as in the previous match, from Shreyas Iyer with an entry of 65 of 41 balls in an association of fourth wicket of 120 races that tipped the game decisively to the Indian way after a brief wobble when the left arm spinner Fabian Allen had fired Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant of the same way.
Allen had also made the escape of Rohit Sharma for the first wicket of the entrances, but he could not complete his assignment of seven for an injury suffered while trying to save a limit.
While Kohli illuminated the gloom at the end of the game, it was Gayle who stole the show at the beginning.
Playing what is probably his final ODI in a 20-year international race in which he hopes to continue representing the Caribbean in defense of the T20 world title within 14 months in Australia, Gayle attacked the Indian bowlers after Holder chose to hit First. , occupying only 41 balls with five six and eight four that distinguish their typically blunt innings.
Opening partner Evin Lewis made a bold attempt to match the most destructive power punch in the international game, his 43 innings coming out of 29 deliveries and adorned with three six and five four.
His uproar had led the West Indies to 114 after ten attempts, the beginning of ten most productive for an ODI since the 2015 World Cup.
However, Lewis left in the next game, the first one thrown by Yuzvendra Chahal, while Gayle was well caught by Kohli in the middle of a blow against Khaleel Ahmed.
When he left the field, the way in which the Indian players appreciated the 39-year-old's entrances, and his recognition of the applause upon leaving the field, left the clear impression that he had played his final ODI entries.
A prolonged stoppage of rain followed and the West Indies lost wickets in the madness of running in the resumption.
Ahmed picked up two more wickets to be the most successful bowler, although he was also the most expensive, giving 68 runs of seven overs.
Mohammed Shami picked up two gates, but the spinners, Chahal, Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal, were the cheapest for India during the frantic entrances.