Rohit Sharma obsessed with his languid brilliance in the company of a similarly swish KL Rahul before Kuldeep Yadav topped it up with a hat-trick in India’s series-leveling 107-run victory against the West Indies in the 2d one-dayer right here on Wednesday.
The Indian vice-captain hit his 28th ODI hundred — 159 off 138 balls — and brought 227 for the opening stand with fellow centurion Rahul (102 off 104 balls) as India positioned up an imposing 387 for 5 in 50 overs. Rishabh Pant (39 off sixteen balls) and Shreyas Iyer’s (53 off 32 balls) very well wonderful seventy two-run stand in simplest four overs also furnished the impetus required throughout a final flourish. In response, the West Indies, who looked good at 192 for 3 in the 30th over, had been bowled out for 280 in 40.3 overs. It became Mohammed Shami (3/39 in 7.3 overs), who removed the harmful Nicholas Pooran (seventy five off 47 balls) and skipper Keiron Pollard (zero) off successive deliveries to spark a West Indies fall apart.
Kuldeep (3/52 in 10 overs) then eliminated the dogged Shai Hope (78 off 85 balls), Jason Holder (eleven) and Alzarri Joseph (zero) off successive deliveries to seal the problem in choose of India. This was his second hat-trick in ODIs. He became the primary Indian player to claim hat-tricks in international cricket. On a shirtfront of a music, West Indies was by no means going to make a comeback after dropping five wickets for 18 runs and it was best a be counted of time earlier than India ended their four-healthy losing streak at home. The decider will now be performed at Cuttack on December 22.
Rohit, as ordinary, batted at his own tempo and appeared just like the bandmaster of an orchestra, who made the Caribbean bowlers dance to his tune. Sheldon Cottrell (2/83 in nine overs) became punished with such ferocity that he didn’t have the power to do a commonplace ‘Cottrell Salute’ once Iyer became out and it become extra or much less comparable for all others like Alzarri Joseph (zero/68 in 9 overs) and Keemo Paul (zero/sixty two in nine overs). It turned into also a great demonstration on the way to press the accelerator on this format — first 50 off sixty seven, the following off 40 balls and the closing of only 25.