Kohli’s hattrick ton goes in vain as Windies smell first win of the tour
The 38th century of Indian captain Virat Kohli, which is also a hattrick one went in vain as Windies won the third ODI by 43 runs.
The third ODI of the five-match ODI series was scheduled to play in Pune and went as per the schedule. On a good batting surface with the presence of tiny grass cover, India won the toss and elected to bat first.
India made three changes as their pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed came back into the XI. While the hosts included Fabian Allen in place of Devendra Bishoo.
Jasprit Bumrah gave early two wickets for India by taking the openers’ wicket within the first overs. Indians carried the same momentum and dismissed the Windies batsmen in regular intervals. At one point the visitors were 121/5.
But as usual, the middle order and lower order batsmen done the job for them. The centurion at Vishakapatnam, Shai Hope played another match-winning knock but unfortunately missed his century by just five runs.
In the end, Ashley Nurse played a cameo of 40 runs from 22 balls. WIth some decent partnerships in the lower order, Windies put 283 on the board for the loss of nine wickets. Jasprit Bumrah took 4 wickets in his comeback.
Indians started the chase with 284 runs to chase. But they also struck with an early blow with the wicket of Rohit Sharma. Then Shikhar Dhawan had a fifty runs partnership with the captain before his departure on 35.
Since then wickets started to fall at considerable intervals for India. Ambati Rayudu failed to continue his momentum in no.4 position. And the hot man MS Dhoni also had another failure since he returned to pavilion only on 7. This has raised more arguments on the former captain.
Although the wickets were tumbling at one end, Virat Kohli continued his majestic form and scored his hattrick ton which is also his 38th one. But he was also trapped in the death overs with an unexpected spell of Marlon Samuels. Samuels also cleaned the Indian tail in the death with a sum of three wickets.
In the end, India were bowled out for 240 runs and felt 33 runs short of the target. With this win, Windies leveled the five-match ODI series 1-1. Ashley Nurse was awarded as the man of the match for his all-around performance.
Windies: 283/9 (50)
Shai Hope 95, Ashley Nurse 40
Jasprit Bumrah 4/35, Kuldeep Yadav 2/52
India: 240-all out (47.4)
Virat Kohli 107, Shikhar Dhawan 35
Marlon Samuels 3/12, Obed Mccoy 2/38