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Virat Kohli’s Heroics In Vain As Windies Register First Win Of Tour

After creating a commendable restoration from a shaky begin to put up 283 for 9 at the board, West Indies bowlers rattled the Indian center and decrease middle-order, to snuff out a victory and degree the collection. The hosts have been bundled out for 240 in 47.four overs. India had received the lung-opener in Guwahati sooner than West Indies ensured a tie in the second one recreation at Visakhapatnam.

Between victory and defeat, stood a made up our minds Kohli (107), who notched up his 38th ODI hundred and 7th in opposition to the Windies. The India skipper was once going all weapons blazing until he was once pushed aside. He hit 10 limitations and a lone six in his 119-ball knock on the MCA World Stadium.

India had their probabilities until Kohli was once on the crease. However West Indies skipper Jason Holder’s gamble to usher in off-spinner Marlon Samuels (Three-12) paid off, as he were given the prized wicket of Kohli within the 42nd over and that modified the complexion of the sport.

Kohli attempted to tug a faster one via Samuels, however neglected it and the ball got here onto the stumps. After Kohli’s dismissal it was once only a topic of time. Samuels added two extra wickets to his kitty. With observe slowing down, it proved to be a difficult task for the Indian tail-enders.

Against this, West Indies’ lower-order batsmen Ashley Nurse (40) and Kemar Roach (15) produced a a an important 56-run stand for the 9th wicket. Kohli, who walked in early after the autumn of Rohit Sharma (eight), took right down to settle. Taking a look strong as ever, the India captain notched up his fifty with a pull shot and sooner or later reached the three-figure mark with a unmarried right down to nice leg in corporate of Bhuvanehwar Kumar (10).

Shikhar Dhawan (35), Ambati Rayadu (22) and Rishabh Pant (24) were given begins however didn’t convert them because the Windies bowlers caught at common durations. So much was once anticipated from veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was once dropped from the West Indies and Australia T20 collection. However he fell for mere 7, giving Holder his moment wicket. For the Windies, Holder (2/46), Obed McCoy (2/38) and Ashley Nurse (2/48) performed their roles to perfection.

Previous, pacer Jasprit Bumrah denied Shai Hope a second-consecutive century on his method to a four-wicket haul however the West Indies made a excellent restoration after a shaky get started. Returning to the group after being rested for the primary two fits, Bumrah emerged among the best bowler, conceding simply 35 in his 10 overs.

Bumrah despatched each the visiting openers — Kieran Powell (21) and Chanderpaul Hemraj (15) — in his first spell to present India a forged get started and later pushed aside Hope and Ashley Nurse (40). Hope, who had struck an unbeaten 123 within the Visakhapatnam ODI, performed an important position in reviving the Caribbean innings along with his 95-run knock, which got here off 113 balls.

Against the tip, Nurse and Kemar Roach (15 now not out) added an important 56 runs for the 9th wicket, taking the facet on the subject of 300-run mark. The West Indies batsmen were given begins however may now not convert them into giant knocks and in addition struggled to shape giant partnerships. Hope, even though, dug in from one finish, elevating a 56-run stand with Shimron Hetmyer (37) for the fourth wicket.

The credit score to wreck that partnership is going to former skipper MS Dhoni’s good glove paintings as he took the bails off with lightening velocity when Hetmeyer was once marginally outdoor the crease, seeking to release Kuldeep Yadav (2/52). Sooner than that stumping, Dhoni had taken a panoramic catch to take away Kieran Powell, racing against the backward sq. leg boundary and diving to carry directly to the top-edge off Bumrah.

Hope additionally blended with skipper Jason Holder (32) for a 76-run stand for the 6th wicket. Proceeding along with his excellent shape and combative angle, Hope treated the center overs with elan. He was once critical in opposition to Yuzvendra Chahal, whom he hit for sixes very easily by no means letting the bowler dominate. The innings gave the look of falling aside once more however Nurse and Roach contributed 55 runs with blended 8 limitations to make sure they have got a combating general.

(With PTI inputs)

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