India beat the West Indies by 8 wickets to clinch the five match series 3-1. Skipper Virat Kohli lead from the front with his 18th century while chasing – a world record – to guide India home without any surprises.
Here is brief look at the moments that shaped the series decider:
In a must-win game for both sides, West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. With the onus on the openers to set up a good base for a defendable total, Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope started well. They put up 49 in the first 10 overs, Evin Lewis falling cheaply to Hardik Pandya for just 9.
Shai Hope has been the only batsman to score fifties for the West Indies this series, his second one came in this game. He scored 51 off 98 balls before he skewed Mohammed Shami’s ball to deep mid-wicket where Ajinkya Rahane pulled off, perhaps, the catch of the tournament.
The quicks reigned supreme, striking at regular intervals to stem the flow of runs. Eventually, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav bagged 7 wickets, with the former picking up 4 for 48 in his spell.
After a lean outing in the previous game, Dinesh Karthik produced a steady 50 off 52 balls with five convincing boundaries. He played the perfect support role with Virat Kohli in the second highest partnership of the series of 122 runs for the 3rd wicket.
After being found out on the short ball twice this series, Virat Kohli was back among the runs scoring a sublime century laced with 12 boundaries and 2 sixes. His measured approach to a small target of 206 meant India chased the target down in 36.5 overs.