Virat Kohli: Having finished chases so many times, you understand it well. Today Jaddu took a lot of pressure off me, and then Shardul the way he played. Me finishing is not an outstanding thing, it was very good to see Jadeja and Thakur do it. We keep chasing that ICC Trophy. It's something this team deserves. Having a bunch of fast bowlers who can bowl out any team anywhere is brilliant to have. We've not had it in the past. Them taking the attention away from the spinners is a huge statement. We are in the process every series, of trying out people and see how they react to pressure. In a few years we'll have to go through a transition again.
Rohit Sharma, Man of the Series: It was a decider, we wanted to win this game on this batting track. Unfortunately I couldn't bat longer, which was a little sad. KL and Rahul, and then Jadeja towards the end. I enjoyed Thakur's pull shot, I know it was a bit of a top edge but an important shot. A World Cup win would have been nice but we played well throughout the year as a team, be it red ball or white ball cricket. The team came together well. I've enjoyed batting, but there's no way I'm going to stop here. There's an exciting year coming up. The understanding of my batting, playing within my limits, knowing the game plan you want to execute is very important. Even in the red-ball, against South Africa. We knew the challenge will come when we start traveling. We have to win games and make sure we stay on top of the table.
Pollard: There's not much to be disappointed. We live in a result oriented world where results matter. But I'm proud of the guys. The total attitude from the team. Yes we lost, but well played to India. We competing with them was fantastic. There's a lot of exciting talent in West Indies. It's just a matter of expressing ourselves. There's a lot to look forward to in the future.
The finishers of the game speak. Jadeja says his only advice to Thakur was to not do anything silly. Thakur says he wasn't thinking about the pressures after Kohli's dismissal, and was focused only on timing the ball. He believes in his batting abilities and targets contributing these crucial cameos for the team.
INDIA WIN! A bit of a comical finish; Thakur and Jadeja completed a tight single, and while the West Indies fielders appealed for a run out, the third umpire spotted a no ball. That ends the game. Thakur with a crucial 6-ball 17* and Jadeja with a mature 31-ball 39*. That will please the team management. New match winners in the lower order are always welcome. A great fight from West Indies in the series though. Not many might have expected the series to go so close, but they pushed India as much as they could.
15 runs from that over, Cottrell goes back a disappointed man. Just 7 to win now. India on course for a series win.
Shardul Thakur can bat! And he shows that with a six, hooked over deep square leg off Cottrell. A bit of a top edge but that doesn't matter. They all count! And the next ball, he smashes it wide of long on for four. Terrific stuff, India close to a series win.
Shardul Thakur shows he can bat too. A gorgeous cover driven boundary off his very first ball. Equation still in India's favour at 22 off 18.
HUGE WICKET! Keemo Paul keeps West Indies in the game. Now Kohli inside edges onto the stumps. Full ball, he goes driving and edges it back. Not enough pace on the ball for that shot. Now pressure on Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja.
Once again, it's Jadeja who finds the boundary in the over bowled by Cottrell. He's batting superbly. Equation now 30 off 24.
Jadeja finds a boundary in Holder's over, making the task easier for India. 38 off 30.
46 off 36. Kohli and Jadeja taking this deep. They're calm. Pressure more on West Indies, their only route to victory will be via Kohli's dismissal. Can they find it?
Kohli is a genius. Terrific batting this. Two boundaries off Pierre. First one with a deft touch to third man. Second one a wristy flick that bisects long on and deep mid. India getting closer.
A quiet phase of play. India getting the runs through hard running between the wickets. 63 off 48 now. Advantage India as long as Kohli is there. Jadeja giving good company too.
Almost a run out! Jadeja taps and runs, so does Kohli. Cottrell charges in and kicks it but can't hit the batsman end stumps. Kohli would have been gone had that hit.
79 off 60. Equation still in India's favour, unless they lose Kohli. As we type that, Cottrell gifts five wides. This indiscipline has hurt West Indies through the tour. Poor.
WICKET! Cottrell does the salute. Jadhav falls, bowled for just 9. Middle order failure this. Full ball, Jadhav drives and misses. The stumps are rattled. Kohli is not too happy. Someone has to stay with him. Will Jadeja?
Two boundaries in Joseph's over, one for each batsman. The second was right through Holder's legs at third man. Very very poor from the former captain.
Fifty for Kohli, but he's not celebrating. It's just a small milestone for him and there is a bigger goal to be achieved. If he gets that, expect the celebration to be crazy!
WICKET! Keemo Paul strikes again. Rishabh Pant falls cheaply. Slower ball bowled short and outside off. Pant looks to cut and gets an inside edge onto the stumps. India 201/4 in 35 overs. The experienced pair of Kohli and Jadhav have plenty to do now.
200 up for India. Pant has got a boundary already, and Kohli is in good flow. Game heading towards a good finish.
WICKET! Shreyas Iyer falls to Keemo Paul. A short ball on leg stump line again, Iyer hooks but top-edges it to fine leg. The tall Joseph dives forward and completes a good low catch. Iyer gone for just 7. West Indies in with a chance but they need Kohli.
Rahul might have gone but why fear when Kohli is there? Alzarri tries two short balls, but Kohli punishes both with pull shots for fours. Terrific striking, pressure right back on West Indies.
WICKET! Alzarri Joseph removes Rahul. Good short ball although slightly down leg side. Rahul went for the pull and gloved it to the keeper. Sharp bounce there and at good pace, so hurried on to the batsman. West Indies are fighting. India 167/2 in the 30th.
Roston Chase returns for another spell. 4 runs from his over. It will only get tougher for him from here on given the amount of dew on the ground. In fact, it's tough for all bowlers. Towels are out.
A stunning six from KL Rahul. Alzarri Joseph fires it full and straight. Rahul walks across and whips it high and over deep square. Effortless and huge. India doing this easy.
Just regular middle overs batting from India now. They're focusing on rotating strike, which they're able to do without much fuss. Keemo Paul and Jason Holder in tandem.
Paul's fourth over is a decent one as it goes for just 2 runs. India are 141-1 with half the overs of the innings now finished. Rohit's dismissal was not ideal but they're still in a great position and are favourites to end this match on the winning side for now.
Virat Kohli is the new man in and he starts tentatively but breaks the shackles with a well-timed push through the covers for his first four. One can't help but feel that West Indies will need to dismiss both these men quickly to really get back into the game.
OUT! The breakthrough comes at last. Rohit drives at one outside off but only gets a thick edge that Hope happily collects behind the stumps. That was the wicket the visitors were looking for.
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INDIA WIN! A bit of a comincal finish; Thakur and Jadeja completed a tight single, and while the West Indies fielders appealed for a run out, the third umpire spotted a no ball. That ends the game. Thakur with a crucial 6-ball 17* and Jadeja with a mature 31-ball 39*. That will please the team management. New match winners in the lower order are always welcome. A great fight from West Indies in the series though. Not many might have expected the series to go so close, but they pushed India as much as they could.
Preview: West Indies’ tour of India is set to end on a thrilling note with the three-match one-day series tied 1-1 going into the decider on Sunday (December 22) in Cuttack.
West Indies have been in India for nearly a couple of months, beginning with their series against Afghanistan. They’ve had a fairly good time, winning the ODI series and the lone Test against Afghanistan, although they lost the T20I series to Afghanistan and India 1-2. They now have a chance to leave India on a happy note, being one win away from winning their first ODI series against India in India since 2002.
It will be anything but easy though, given how India crushed those dreams in the previous match in Visakhapatnam. West Indies started the series with a fairly convincing win in Chennai but India hit back hard with a 107-run win.
Batting first, India scored a whopping 387 for 5 before bowling West Indies out for 280.
India would be pleased with the performance of their batsmen through the series. Their top three failed in Chennai but two of them bounced back in style in Visakhapatnam. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul smashed tons in a 227-run opening stand to set up the big win. Virat Kohli has scores of 4 and a first-ball duck in the two games, but India will not be too bothered. A big one could very well be around the corner.
India would be most pleased with the performances of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant in the middle order. The duo scored half-centuries in Chennai after India were in a bit of trouble. In Visakhapatnam, they adjusted their game-plans after a solid start to make quickfire knocks, Iyer scoring 53 off 32 and Pant making 39 off 16. A solid middle order is what India have been after for quite some time, and they’re close to achieving that now.
But there are issues in the bowling. They looked lacklustre in Chennai, and there were phases in Visakhapatnam where they were under pressure. The mountain of runs in the second game meant India were unlikely to lose, but India’s bowlers would have felt the heat.
Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav would be two bowlers who’ll be high on confidence after picking up three each in the second game, Kuldeep getting them via a hat-trick. India have lost Deepak Chahar to injury for the decider, with Navdeep Saini coming in. He could make an ODI debut, unless India being back Yuzvendra Chahal.
India might consider that option given Ravindra Jadeja’s been leaking runs. He has conceded 58 and 74 runs from 10 overs in each game, for just two wickets. The left-handed West Indies batsmen have found him easy to attack given his lack of variations.
West Indies too have similar issues, with their batsmen in form and bowlers struggling in the second game. Shai Hope has been a rock, scoring a century and 78 in the two games. Shimron Hetmyer made a ton in Chennai while Nicholas Pooran scored a 47-ball 75 in Visakhapatnam.
All their bowlers were in the firing line with Rohit, Rahul, Iyer and Pant on song. They’ll have to be on top of their game, for Kohli has not joined in yet.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur
West Indies: Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Khary Pierre, Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph, Kieron Pollard (C), Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Romario Shepherd, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Hayden Walsh Jr.