Playing only his second ODI after a long injury lay-off, Shami picked up four wickets giving 48 runs in his 10 overs to pull West Indies back. Until Thursday, Rahul Dravid and Kohli shared the position of being the ton-scoring captains against Windies. He got two wickets in the second ODI however was a smidgen costly which provoked the hosts to drop him from the third match.
But Kohli (28 centuries in 189 matches) now stands behind only Tendulkar (49 centuries in 463 matches) and Ricky Ponting (30 centuries in 375 matches) on the list of all-time highest century makers in the history of one-day cricket.
An early strike by fast bowler Alzarri Joseph in removing Shikhar Dhawan at the start of the chase ushered in Kohli who immediately set about the bowling. Kohli was cautious to start with but soon started flexing his muscles as India started getting closer to the target.
But thereafter, it was Kohli and Rahanes show as the duo dominated the proceedings with consummate ease.
Kohli and Dinesh Karthik put on 122 runs between them to steer India to victory. However, just like his predecessors, he too fell at the most inopportune of moments, after a well compiled 34-ball 36.
“For a batsman you can’t have an ideal scenario, when you have a chanceless knock as well, you haven’t given any half-chances either”.
“Winning convincingly in a chase is always nice”, said Kohli, who recorded his 28th century in ODI competition.
While Sachin, former skipper, took 232 innings to get so far, Kohli did it hust in 102 innings.
Recently, Indian skipper Virat Kohli came in defence of the wicket-keeper batsman.
The Hope brothers provided a rare bright spot for the home team, with opener Kyle compiling a quick 46 off 50 balls, while Shai made a more patient 51 off 98 balls. Roston Chase was out the very next ball without scoring.
The one-off T20I against the West Indies will be on the same ground, Sabina Park, and should be an interesting contest, with some of the West Indies’ bigger names participating.
Shai joined Kyle Hope and the pair attempted to accelerate on a pitch that appeared much better for batting than for the last two games at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
This was Virat’s fourth ODI hundred against West Indies. “Special mention to Rahane, who’s come back after a while and he was outstanding”.
“You can’t make a Hardik [Pandya] or Kedar [Jadhav] bat at No. 3 and 4 and make your top-order batsman bat lower down”. Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-84.