India produced an all round performance to beat beat Windies by 224 runs at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Virat Kohli won the toss for the fourth successive time in the series and decided to have a bat first. India made two changes to their squad. Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja replaced Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal in the starting XI. Windies welcomed Keemo Paul to their squad.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan looked in great touch as they started the innings with aggressive style. They helped India to score 56 runs in the mandatory powerplay period. However Dhawan again couldn’t capitalise on a fine start and lost his wicket to Keemo Paul when he hit the ball straight into the hands of Kieran Powell. Virat Kohli, who has been in the form of his lifetime, came to the batting crease with a huge roar from the Mumbai crowd.
But Kemar Roach was successful in silencing the crowd as he picked up Kohli for just 16 runs to reduce the hosts to 101-2 in the 17th over. Impressive bowling from the Windies kept Rohit and Ambati Rayudu silent. Both the batsmen had to be careful to see out the middle overs of the innings. But with the passage of time, the batsmen found their feet on the crease. Rohit Sharma reached to his 21st century and Rayudu too completed a well deserved half century. After reaching to their respective milestones both the batsmen looked to up the ante. Both Rohit and Rayudu smashed four sixes each in their innings. Rohit completed his seventh 150 score or more in ODIs. The 211 runs partnership was broken by Ashley Nurse who dismissed Rohit for a well made 162. Rayudu completed his century soon after the dismissal of Rohit. MS Dhoni hit a couple of fours before he was dismissed by Roach. Late cameo from Kedar Jadhav helped India to put 377 runs on the board in their innings for the loss of 5 wickets.
Windies started their chase with an aggressive manner. Chandrapaul Hemraj smashed a six and a four of Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s second over. But Bhuvi made a strong comeback in his third over to dismiss Hemraj. A magical piece of fielding from Kuldeep Yadav resulted in the dismissal of the in form Shai Hope for a nought. Another catastrophic run out saw the end of Kieran Powell as the visitors were reduced to 20-3 in the sixth over. India soon became the favourites to clinch the match after Khaleel Ahmed’s delivery struck Shimron Hetmyer’s pads straight in front of the wickets. Ahmed picked up two more wickets to send Rovman Powell and Marlon Samuels back to the pavilion as the Windies lost six wickets for just 56 runs in the 14th over.
Kuldeep Yadav chipped into the action as the chinaman dismissed Fabian Allen and Ashley Nurse in quick succession to put the visitors in more trouble. Jason Holder was the only batsman who tried to keep the Windies innings ticking. When Jadeja picked up Paul, India were just one wicket away for wrapping up the match. However Holder didn’t give up without putting in a fight. The Windies Captain reached to his seventh ODI fifty. But Kuldeep’s wrong ‘un was too good for Roach as India dismissed the Windies for 153 runs.
This win for team India means that they can’t lose the series anymore. However the series is far from decided. Windies can still tie the series if they win the fifth match which takes place at Thiruvananthapuram on 1st November.
India: 377-5(50 o.)
Rohit Sharma: 162(137)
Ambati Rayudu: 100(81)
Kemar Roach: 10-0-74-2.
Windies: 153-10(36.2 o.)
Jason Holder: 54*(70)
Keemo Paul: 19(18)
Khaleel Ahmed: 5-0-13-3.
Man of The Match: Rohit Sharma.