India win with bonus point
India bounced back to remain in contention for a berth in the ODI tri-series final with an emphatic 102-run victory over West Indies in a do-or-die...
India bounced back to remain in contention for a berth in the ODI tri-series final with an emphatic 102-run victory over West Indies in a do-or-die encounter, riding on captain Virat Kohli's blistering century here. Kohli notched up his 14th ODI century as the Indians posted a challenging 311 for seven before bowling out the hosts for 171 in 34 overs to grab a bonus point via the Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain-truncated match.
The target was revised to 274 in 39 overs after a two-hour rain delay before which the hosts were 56 for two in 10 overs. This was India's first win in the series after losing both their first-leg matches. The result has thrown the series wide open with all three teams in with a chance of making the finals. West Indies are in with a stronger chance having won two of their three matches for nine points. They they will wind up their league engagements tomorrow against Sri Lanka.
India will face Sri Lanka on Tuesday in the last league match. 1Both the teams have five points each as of now. After a couple of ordinary shows, the famed Indian batting line-up got its act together with Kohli leading the way. Batting with a lot of grit and gumption, Kohli (102) anchored India after the team lost five established batsmen at a score of 210 in 40 overs.
Openers Shikhar Dhawan (69) and Rohit Sharma (46) had laid a strong foundation with their 123-run stand and Kohli ensured that their hard work did not go waste with his gritty 14th One-Day century. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar then rattled the West Indies chase with wickets of Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo before heavens opened up and held up play for two hours.
After resumption, West Indies batsmen succumbed to pressure and the team lost wickets in a heap. Stage was set for Indian pacers and Bhuvneshwar (3/29) and Ishant Sharma knocked off half of the West Indies' batting line up in no time. Sharma had Marlon Samuels (6) caught before removing set opener Johnson Charles (45).
Brief Scores: India 311 for 7 (Virat Kohli 102, Shikhar Dhawan 69, Tino Best 2/51) bt West Indies 171 all out in 34 overs (Johnson Charles 45, Kemar Roach 34, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 3/29, Umesh Yadav 3/32).