Cricket suffers when you have a one-sided series in any format of the game. That’s exactly what is happening in the West Indies as India won the T20 series 3-0 and ended up winning the third ODI on 14 August to clinch the series 2-0, thus giving them a 5-0 scoreline over an in-consistent West Indies team.
Universe Boss Retires With A Bang
The West Indies batted first and got off to a flying start as Christopher Henry Gayle a.k.a the Universe Boss played a great knock in what is likely to be his final international match. Gayle hit 72 runs at a strike rate of 171 and his opening partner E Lewis also launched an attack on the opening bowlers hitting 43 at a strike rate of 148.
The rest of the batsmen capitalized on the good start and ended up getting to 240/7 of just 35 overs as the match was affected due to bad weather. This was a great opportunity for the West Indies to square the ODI series and take some momentum into the 2 match test series. India were given a target of 255 to chase down in their 35 overs based on D/L calculations.
Kohli Shows Why He Is The Best Finisher In The World
India had to score at 7 plus runs an over and they found themselves in trouble after losing R Sharma (10) early and S Dhawan (36) just as he looked like settling down. The pressure was once again on V Kohli who has shown time and time again that he is the best finisher in ODI and T20 cricket.
What Kohli needed was the questionable middle-order to stay with him and make a decent contribution at the other end. R Pant who came in at number 4 did not trouble the scorers as he was out first ball. S Iyer who played a good knock in the first ODI took charge of the situation and played an attacking innings that took the game away from the West Indies.
Iyer hit 65 of 41 balls and took the pressure of Kohli as he played freely hitting 5 sixes and 3 fours at a strike rate of 158. Kohli was able to control the innings and hit his second consecutive century of the series remaining unbeaten on 114 to take India home. Kohli won the man of the man and man of the series award.