In what seemed to be his final ODI for the West Indies, Gayle smashed his technique to a 72-run knock, main the hosts to a aggressive 240 for seven within the rain-curtailed fit when they elected to bat.
Quickly after his dismissal, the Indian avid gamers rushed in opposition to Gayle, shaking palms with him. Kohli even carried out conventional Gayle jig sooner than the burly West Indian walked off.
Gayle, in his inimitable taste, put his helmet at the best of his bat’s maintain and lifted the bat within the air whilst strolling off. Close to the boundary ropes, he hurled the helmet within the air most effective to catch it again. The gestures advised that Gayle has performed his final ODI. India have been set a stiff revised 255-run goal on Duckworth-Lewis approach however Kohli’s unsatiable urge for food for runs and younger Shreyas Iyer’s assuring make stronger to his skipper supposed that it sooner or later became out to be a comfy six-wicket win which translated right into a 2-Zero sequence victory.
The counter-attacking 65-run knock via Iyer was once game-changing as he took the power off his captain.
It was once India’s 9th consecutive ODI sequence win, at house and away, over the West Indies.
Popping out to bat when India had misplaced opener Rohit Sharma (10), Kohli raised his 43rd ODI hundred and within the procedure crossed the exceptional 20,000 runs mark in world cricket.
Kohli remained unbeaten on 114 and finished the win with back-to-back barriers off Carlos Brathwaite. His dominant knock got here off 99 balls with 14 fours and the Indian captain now averages 60.31 in ODIs. Kohli had scored 120 in 2nd ODI.
After Shikhar Dhawan (36) squandered a get started, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant confirmed that he’s now not studying from his errors as he was once once more responsible of enjoying a reckless shot, getting a first-ball duck.
In whole distinction, Iyer performed neatly and with adulthood to lift a an important 120-run stand with Kohli for the fourth wicket, taking the crew close to the objective.
His knock got here off 41 balls with 5 sixes and 3 barriers. When he was once brushed aside, India wanted 43 extra runs from 40 balls however Kedar Jadhav (19 now not out) ensured there was once no twist within the story. He raised an unbeaten 44-run stand for the 6th wicket.
Previous, the West Indies reached a wholesome 158 for 2 in 22 overs when rain pressured a 2nd interruption and at resumption the competition was once diminished to 35-overs-a-side.
Shai Hope (24) and Shimron Hetmyer (25) resumed the innings however they didn’t final lengthy with Mohammed Shami brushing aside the latter and Ravindra Jadeja cleansing up the previous.
Nicholas Pooran performed a whirlwind 16-ball 30-run knock to take the hosts previous 200-run mark. The left-hander neatly treated the Indian spinners, launching Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal for large sixes.
Shami struck once more via sending again Pooran, who chipped a full-length supply instantly to Mainsh Pandey. Carlos Brathwaite added 16 runs with a six and a 4. Gayle got here out with a transparent plan to assault the Indian bowlers, taking advantage of what gave the impression his final world efficiency.
Whether or not it was once Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami or Khaleel Ahmed (three/68) no Indian pacer was once spared with Gayle hammering them for sixes with exceptional ease.
Spinner Chahal was once the one bowler who commanded some recognize from the West Indian marauder.
The left-handed opener — the self proclaimed Universe boss — punished the Indian bowlers with 5 sixes and 8 photographs to the fence in his entertaining knock.
He added 115 runs with fellow opener Evin Lewis, who was once similarly spectacular together with his 29-ball 43 which was once laced with 5 fours and 3 sixes.
It was once Chahal who introduced some reduction for the Indian camp via brushing aside Lewis and shortly Gayle too departed via hitting one instantly to rival captain Virat Kohli at mid-off.
(With PTI inputs)