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India clinch ODI series

By The Assam Tribune

CUTTACK, Dec 22: Virat Kohli anchored a tricky chase before Shardul Thakur played the most defining cameo of his short career to power India to a series-winning four-wicket victory over the West Indies in the third ODI here on Sunday.

India�s top three � Rohit Sharma (63), KL Rahul (77) and Kohli (85) � fired in unison in a 316-run chase but it got slippery in the end when the Indian captain left the scene with 30 required off 23 balls.

It was then that Thakur, in the company of a composed Ravindra Jadeja (39 not out), smashed 17 runs off six balls with the help of a six and four off Sheldon Cottrell to seal the issue in his team�s favour with eight balls to spare. This was India�s 10th successive series win over the West Indies.

Displaying panache and patience in equal measure, Kohli made 85 off 81 balls, but got out to an innocuous Keemo Paul delivery with India someway off the target. But Thakur had other ideas.

Set a challenging target of 316 in the series-decider, India were cruising at 122 for no loss when they lost Rohit � dismissed for a run-a-ball 63 in the 22nd over.

Rahul (77 off 89 balls) and Shreyas Iyer fell for the addition of 21 runs, and the task became tricky when Rishabh Pant was bowled by Paul.

At that stage, India were 201 in the 35th over but Kohli steadied the ship and took India closer to the target. However, for a change, he could not finish the job.

In the last five years this is the first time Kohli has got out in the 80s or 90s in an ODI chase. � PTI

SCORECARD

WEst Indies

E Lewis c Saini b Jadeja 21

S Hope b Shami 42

R Chase b Saini 38

S Hetmyer c Yadav b Saini 37

N Pooran c Jadeja b Thakur 89

K Pollard not out 74

J Holder not out 7

Extras: (lb-4, w-3) 7

Total: (For 5 wkts, 50 overs) 315

Fall of Wickets: 1-57, 2-70, 3-132, 4-144, 5-279.

Bowling: Shardul Thakur 10-0-66-1, Mohammed Shami 10-2-66-1, Navdeep Saini 10-0-58-2, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-67-0, Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-54-1.

India

Rohit c Hope b Holder 63

Rahul c Hope b Joseph 77

Kohli b Paul 85

Iyer c Joseph b Paul 7

Pant b Paul 7

Jadhav b Cottrell 9

Jadeja not out 39

Thakur not out 17

Extras: (lb 2, w 9, nb 1) 12

Total: (For 6 wkts, 48.4 overs) 316

Fall of Wickets: 122-1, 167-2, 188-3, 201-4, 228-5, 286-6.

Bowling: Sheldon Cottrell 10-1-74-1, Jason Holder 10-0-63-1, Keemo Paul 9.4-0-59-3, Roston Chase 4-0-19-0, Khary Pierre 7-0-46-0, Alzarri Joseph 8-0-53-1.

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India clinch ODI series

CUTTACK, Dec 22: Virat Kohli anchored a tricky chase before Shardul Thakur played the most defining cameo of his short career to power India to a series-winning four-wicket victory over the West Indies in the third ODI here on Sunday.

India�s top three � Rohit Sharma (63), KL Rahul (77) and Kohli (85) � fired in unison in a 316-run chase but it got slippery in the end when the Indian captain left the scene with 30 required off 23 balls.

It was then that Thakur, in the company of a composed Ravindra Jadeja (39 not out), smashed 17 runs off six balls with the help of a six and four off Sheldon Cottrell to seal the issue in his team�s favour with eight balls to spare. This was India�s 10th successive series win over the West Indies.

Displaying panache and patience in equal measure, Kohli made 85 off 81 balls, but got out to an innocuous Keemo Paul delivery with India someway off the target. But Thakur had other ideas.

Set a challenging target of 316 in the series-decider, India were cruising at 122 for no loss when they lost Rohit � dismissed for a run-a-ball 63 in the 22nd over.

Rahul (77 off 89 balls) and Shreyas Iyer fell for the addition of 21 runs, and the task became tricky when Rishabh Pant was bowled by Paul.

At that stage, India were 201 in the 35th over but Kohli steadied the ship and took India closer to the target. However, for a change, he could not finish the job.

In the last five years this is the first time Kohli has got out in the 80s or 90s in an ODI chase. � PTI

SCORECARD

WEst Indies

E Lewis c Saini b Jadeja 21

S Hope b Shami 42

R Chase b Saini 38

S Hetmyer c Yadav b Saini 37

N Pooran c Jadeja b Thakur 89

K Pollard not out 74

J Holder not out 7

Extras: (lb-4, w-3) 7

Total: (For 5 wkts, 50 overs) 315

Fall of Wickets: 1-57, 2-70, 3-132, 4-144, 5-279.

Bowling: Shardul Thakur 10-0-66-1, Mohammed Shami 10-2-66-1, Navdeep Saini 10-0-58-2, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-67-0, Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-54-1.

India

Rohit c Hope b Holder 63

Rahul c Hope b Joseph 77

Kohli b Paul 85

Iyer c Joseph b Paul 7

Pant b Paul 7

Jadhav b Cottrell 9

Jadeja not out 39

Thakur not out 17

Extras: (lb 2, w 9, nb 1) 12

Total: (For 6 wkts, 48.4 overs) 316

Fall of Wickets: 122-1, 167-2, 188-3, 201-4, 228-5, 286-6.

Bowling: Sheldon Cottrell 10-1-74-1, Jason Holder 10-0-63-1, Keemo Paul 9.4-0-59-3, Roston Chase 4-0-19-0, Khary Pierre 7-0-46-0, Alzarri Joseph 8-0-53-1.