Virat Kohli finished a ten-game streak without a century to lead India to a competitive 279-7 against the West Indies in Trinidad’s second-day international on Sunday.
India’s Skipper Virat Kohli went a long way to justify his decision to bat first with a typically confident scoring 120-runs of 125 deliveries, including 14fours and four 6’s adorning his 42nd ODI century.
Virat Kohli received excellent support from Shreyas Iyer, who contributed 71 people and participated in a 125-stroke fourth-wicket stand with Kohli at Queen’s Park Oval.
As their partnership progressed through the interlaces, a total closer to the 300-run mark seemed inevitable.
However, Virat Kohli dismissal to Carlos Brathwaite in ’42 triggered a mini-collapse and the West Indies retained his discipline during the last ten envelopes by awarding only 67-runs.
Brathwaite the most successful of the bowlers, and also represented Rishabh Pant and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to finish with figures of three to 53 out of ten envelopes.
However, the All-rounder Roston Chase was the most economical, with only 37 runs of his allowance of ten and also claiming the important position of the prolific starter Rohit Sharma for 18.
Sheldon Cottrell got off to an excellent start in the West Indies when he caught Sharma’s opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, a leg earlier on his first visit, a decision determined by the television official after the referee on the field Nigel Llong rejected the initial appeal.
Virat Kohli’s eighth ODI against the West Indies and the second in succession in the Caribbean underscored both its supreme class and its voracious appetite for runs.
At no time did he have any problems and it was only with his death, closely followed by Captain Jason Holder of the West Indies, who put Iyer on his knees, which eased pressure from the shoulders of the home team.
With a 3-0 sweep in the previous T2 international competition already under their belts, tourists retained the same XI of the first ODI ruined by the rain of the three-game series in Guyana last Thursday, which declared unsuccessful with only 13 overs rolled in the Party.
The West Indies forced to make a change, with the spinner of the left arm Fabian Allen wrong and his place occupied by the fast-held Oshane Thomas, who proved costly with his four shots that cost 32 runs.
In addition to chasing the highest winning total in an ODI on the ground, much attention at the beginning of the West Indies’ response will be on Chris Gayle.
Playing his 300th ODI, the first West Indian to reach that milestone, the veteran opening batsman only needs nine more runs to beat Brian Lara’s 10,405 counts as the most of a West Indian in the 50 overs format per side.