The recently-concluded One-Day series in West Indies had given India a much-needed opportunity to recover from the heartbreaking loss in the final of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan and the Men in Blue fully capitalised on the opportunity, winning the series 3-1 with an impressive eight wickets win in the fifth ODI on Thursday (July 6).

The win would also help the Indian team to recover from the controversy that was caused by Anil Kumble’s acrimonious exit as the head coach after the Champions Trophy.

Virat Kohli & Co. had taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series after winning the second and third ODIs but the hosts kept the series alive by winning the penultimate game of the five-match series. However, India got back to its dominating best when it mattered the most.

Captain Kohli led from the front, scoring an unbeaten century and securing victory in style with a six, as India won at a canter with 79 balls to spare. Chasing 206, the Men in Blue got off to a poor start with Shikhar Dhawan departing in the very first over. But in-form Ajinkya Rahane and Kohli steadied the ship with a 79-run partnership before Rahane fell short by 11 runs to score his fourth fifty of the series.

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Kohli then shared an unbeaten partnership of 122 runs with Dinesh Karthik to take India home in the 37th over. Kohli’s 111-run knock came off 115 balls with the help of 12 fours and two sixes while Karthik took 52 balls for his 50 runs.

After the dominating win, Kohli took to Twitter to express his delight.

“Good game and a good series win.. Now onto Sunday for the T20 match,” the skipper tweeted.

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