Kohli’s 38th ton goes in vain
Shai Hope 95 (113)
Ashley Nurse 40 (22)
Jasprit Bumrah 4/35
India 240 (47.4)
Virat Kohli 107 (119)
Shikhar Dhawan 35 (45)
Marlon Samuels 3/12
India made three changes to the side that took field in Vizag. Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed came back for Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami.
Windies made a solitary change, handing Fabian Allen his debut in place of Devendra Bishoo. Opting to field first, Virat Kohli had his new ball pair of Bumrah and Kumar responding to his decision by not leaking runs at the top.
Chandrapaul Hemraj, who wanted to counter Bumrah, hit him for a four and six but a sharp bouncer from the pacer saw him top-edge a ball which was superbly held by a sprinting-diving Dhoni.
Bumrah inflicted more pain when he removed Kieran Powell with his extra bounce, thanks to a sharp catch by Rohit Sharma at the wide first-slip. Khaleel Ahmed got in the act as well when he dismissed Marlon Samuels for 9, keeping the men in maroon reeling at 55/3.
Windies again fell back to Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope to bail them out and the duo responded. Hetmyer’s mini assault saw Windies again gain momentum before a brain-fade had him stumped off Kuldeep Yadav for a quickfire 37.
The visitors banked on Shai Hope to reproduce another stellar performance and he did so with the support of Jason Holder in the middle.
The duo added 76 vital runs for the sixth wicket and sent a strong message to India’s full-fledged bowling line-up. But India found a way back when they sent the Windies captain and debutant Fabian Allen back to the hut within the space of 20 runs.
Ashley Nurse played a blinder along with Hope who was nearing his second successive hundred on the tour. But Jasprit Bumrah, with a perfect toe-crusher, got rid of him for 94.
Nurse continued the assault and took it till the 50th over where he fell prey to another good yorker from Bumrah.
India’s 284-run chase started off on a bad note when Rohit Sharma, after playing two exquisitive strokes, was dismissed by Holder with a peach that uprooted his middle stump.
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan were cautious in their approach but looked solid until Dhawan played an extravagant sweep and was adudged lbw off Nurse. Ambati Rayudu and Virat Kohli steadied the ship for India with Rayudu again getting a promising start.
The number four tried to run down a delivery from Obed McCoy but ended up playing it on to his own stumps. Rishabh Pant, batting ahead of MS Dhoni, looked comfortable during his 24-run stay but was dismissed unluckily to a ball that kissed his glove.
India’s real problems began when they lost MS Dhoni cheaply. Virat Kohli was left to score runs on his own with Kumar struggling to find the gaps and keep the scoreboard moving.
Virat Kohli, who got to his 38th ODI hundred and became the first Indian to pile three successive tons in the format, fell short of partners as Windies kept picking wickets at regular interval.
Once Kumar fell, India needed 69 off the remaining 58 deliveries. Jason Holder played a master stroke – he threw the ball to Samuels with the idea of running through the overs considering a left-handed Kuldeep Yadav at the crease.
Kohli, who tried to attack Samuels, missed the line of the ball completely and was removed for a very fine 107. With this India’s challenge came to an end as the home side were bowled out for 240, 43 runs short of the target.
With the series levelled at 1-1, both the sides will meet each other at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on October 29.