Kohli leads the way, India win by 102 runs
After back to back defeats, captain Virat Kohli's well crafted 102 of 83 balls led India's strong fightback against the West Indies in the Celkon Mobile Cup on Friday in Port of Spain.
India beat West Indies by 102 runs by D/L method and took a much-needed bonus point to keep their series alive.
West Indies won the toss and sent India in to bat. A break-through, though, for West Indies only came much later. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put together a poised 123 run opening partnership before Dhawan (69) fell to fast bowler Kemar Roach. Soon after Rohit Sharma (46) got out and India were 141-2. Tino Best and company fought back well as a middle order wobble saw India slide to 221/6.
But Virat Kohli stepped in with a captain's innings. He knocked around earlier to reach 54 off 57b but after losing partners at the other end, accelerated with utter command at the end, hitting six fours and two sixes in a passage to eventually reach 102 off 83b. His ton gave a much needed push to the total and took India to 311. In the later overs Kohli was well supported by Ashwin whose 34 of 18 balls came as a welcome addition for the score India put up, the duo adding 90 runs off just 50 balls for the seventh wicket.
India was quick to strike in the second innings. Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo fell to Bhuvneshwar Kumar early on and West Indies were 25-2. Charles threatened for a bit and were 56/2 after 10 overs when a long rain break knocked the wind out of WI's sails. The target was revised to a steep 274 from 39 overs and India had to restrict WI to under 219 for the bonus point.
Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar resumed with hostile lines to put further pressure on the batsmen and who succumbed soon after. Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja making most of the vulnerable moment picked up 3 and 2 wickets respectively. Sunil Narine and Kemar Roach briefly threatened to deny India a bonus point, adding 58 off 56b for the 9th wicket before Jadeja picked up his first two wickets of the series off successive deliveries. West Indies were all out for 171 and India added a bonus point.
India play Sri Lanka next in Port of Spain on July 9th.