Rohit Sharma’s breathtaking 162 off 137 balls helped India take a 2-1 lead at Brabourne Stadium in the fourth ODI. Windies batting failed to make an impression as India won the match easily at the end. India won the match by 224 runs. Indian cricket team won the toss and Virat Kohli opted to bat first on a placid Brabourne wicket. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got the Blues to a good start before the later was scalped at 38 of 40 bowls. It was not the best outing for Skipper Kohli as well, who was dismissed for 16 of 17 bowls.
India was then off to a stable run and Rohit Sharma and Rayadu formed a good partnership with the former inching close to 21st century.
In the three ODI’s so far has seen a stellar spectacle with India winning the first match, the second ODI concluding in a tie and West Indies winning the third match.
The competitiveness so far has been great from a neutral point of view as most expected the ODI to be whitewash from the Virat Kohli led blues.
In the Third ODI in Pune, Ravindra Jadeja was replaced by youngster Khaleel Ahmed, and Umesh Yadav was also dropped as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah made their return to the squad. The changes did not meet the expected outcome India’s batting line-up collapsed as they were over-dependent on skipper Virat Kohli, and West Indies made the most out of it by defeating India by 43 runs.
Chasing a healthy 284, India looked on course with skipper Virat Kohli belting an excellent 107 off 119 balls, his third consecutive century of the series, and opener Shikhar Dhawan scoring 35 before a middle order collapse, coupled with some disciplined bowling, bundled the hosts out for 240 in 47.4 overs.
Apart from Kohli, the rest of the Indian batting has not been in the top form in the series. The usually bankable wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has also been a flop, scoring just 27 runs in two matches.
The bowling has also leaked runs. The hosts have conceded above 300 runs in two of the three games.
However, the uncertainty factor adds an element of thrill and sets us up perfectly for the fourth ODI, and with the previous results, the last thing team India should do is underestimate the Windies.