Indian skipper Virat Kohli led with an example as the right-handed batsman scored his century 28th century to stamp the authority over Windies. The knock was of utmost importance as apart from leading the team to a win, he also broke the record of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar of most centuries in chases and moved past him with one more ton than him.
Chasing this target was never going to be difficult as the track was not the one used for the previous game. Windies batsmen are to be blamed as opener provided a decent start but the succeeding batsmen just bound themselves in front of spinners, an advantage of which was taken by the Pacers.
There was a time in the game when India was searching for wickets and that was a chance for the hosts to go big but at that time, they went for extra slow approach, to hit the ball in later overs. A total of 187 deliveries they played in form of dot balls, which was the biggest mistake made by them. Had they converted even 50% of them into singles, the match could have been a competitive one but this wasn’t the case and India kept Windies away from the game all throughout.
There were many positives for the Indian team as apart from Kohli’s century, Dinesh Karthik too played a good inning of 50 to show that he still has left in him. Ravindra Jadeja’s and Kuldeep Yadav ‘s miser bowling were other two takeaways, which wrote a script of India winning this game.
Here is what skipper Kohli, who was also the Man of the Match said after the game –
First and foremost, the aim was to win the series. Some special performance from the boys and special mention to Rahane who has been consistent throughout the series. Today was another clinical performances from us. Something we want to do on a regular basis. Two failures in the last 2 games, I never look at stats and numbers. I always look at the scoreboard and focus on what I need to achieve. I like playing with the tempo of the game. Partnerships help. DK and Rahane have been excellent. If you carry 15 or 16 members in the squad, it’s important to believe in them. People are grabbing their opportunities. I have always been a batsman that played the situation and that never changed. I still think the same way. I’m relishing the opportunity.
We got a very good start. Unfortunately, Kyle Hope got out when we were building some momentum. I just hope that the guys learn quickly. I can only control what I can control. It’s a relatively inexperienced side and hope we get some results our way going forward. The pitch was good throughout the entire game. We just didn’t capitalise. We lost wickets at crucial stages and never recovered from thereon. Our bowling has been good in few of the games, and that will be the positives I’ll be taking from this series. Still a lot of work to be done in terms of consistency.