IND vs WI 3rd ODI Review: Kohli’s love affair with chases ruins Gayle’s potential swansong

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India won their ninth consecutive series against the West Indies after a well-calculated chase at Trinidad. Virat Kohli brought up his second consecutive hundred and his 43rd overall to hand India a winning lead of 2-0 in the series.

Electing to bat first, West Indies were off to a flyer of a start with the Indian pacers being punished for their erratic line and length. Chris Gayle played a trademark inning which steered the Windies to 100-0 in just 9 overs.

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However, the introduction of spin tightened the knot for the batsmen who were also constantly marred by the rain breaks. Barring Chris Gayle, who scored 72, no batsman could stay in the crease for long. In the end, India were set a target of a D/L adjusted score of 255 in 35 overs.

Rohit Sharma was run-out for 10, which brought the Indian skipper into the crease earlier than expected. Dhawan was dismissed for a run-a-ball inning of 36. At the other end, Virat Kohli made himself comfortable with eye-catchy strokes. The Men In Blue were hit with another blow in the chase with Rishabh Pant getting out for a first-ball duck.

Shreyas Iyer, however, continued to impress with yet another fifty which set up a huge partnership with the captain at the other end to set up the series. Iyer got out for 65 while Kohli stayed unbeaten at 114.

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