STORY: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli hailed his side’s ‘clinical’ performance as the visitors crushed hosts West Indies by eight wickets to clinch their One-Day International series in the final match on Thursday (July 06).
Kohli led from the front, scoring 111 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica and securing victory in style with a six as India won at a canter with 79 balls to spare to take the five-match series 3-1.
India scored 206 for two wickets in reply after West Indies won the toss and batted, compiling 205-9 off their allotted 50 overs on a good batting surface.
Kohli scored at almost a run a ball, smashing 12 fours and two sixes for his 28th ODI century. He was ably assisted by Dinesh Karthik, 50 not out, and opener Ajinkya Rahane (39).
Kohli was named Player of the Match, with Rahane Player of the Series.
The skipper said the touring side headed to bat in the second innings with an aggressive intent and not fluff their lines like they did while chasing in the previous match which ended with an 11-run defeat for the world number three side.
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.
Meanwhile, West Indies captain Jason Holder rued their poor batting performance, which, he felt cost his team the match.
Chris Gayle returns for West Indies when India’s brief tour of the Caribbean wraps up with a Twenty20 in Kingston on Sunday (July 09).
Jamaican Gayle has never played an international Twenty20 at Sabina Park.