4th ODI: India Win! Crushes West Indies by 224 runs, take 2-1 lead
On Monday Kohlis men embarrassed the West Indies by 224 runs in the fourth Oneday International This is one of their biggest wins and a 21 lead in the...
Mumbai: On Monday Kohli’s men embarrassed the West Indies by 224 runs in the fourth One-day International. This is one of their biggest wins and a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
After the hosts opted to bat Rohit Sharma (162) and Ambati Rayudu (100) struck belligerent centuries to lead India to a striking 377 for five. They played aggressively.
The duo took centre stage after an unusual failure by skipper Virat Kohli. Rohit's 21st century came off 137 balls with the help of 20 fours and four hits over the fence, while Rayudu decked up his 100-run knock with eight boundaries and four sixes. Chasing 378, West Indies simply caved in against India's clinical bowling attack on what was a batting-friendly wicket to be bundled out for a paltry 153 in 36.2 overs.
Young pacer Khaleel Ahmed (3/13) impressed upfront before chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/42)) ran through the West Indies' tail. The Indians dipped out an impressive effort on the field, inflicting two run outs besides Rohit holding onto three fine catches in the slips.
This is India's third biggest win in the format. Their biggest-ever win in ODI remains the 257-run demolition of Bermuda in the 2007 ICC World Cup. West Indies' chase never really got going as they lost half of their side within the 50-run mark with Khaleel doing the bulk of the damage. Things got worse when Kieran Powell (4) was run-out in the very next over by Kohli.
India won the first ODI by eight wickets before the second game ended in a tie. West Indies bounced back to win the third ODI by 43 runs. The final match of the series will be played in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.