Virat Kohli‘s 42nd one-day international century steered India to a 59-run victory (D/L) in the second ODI against West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Sunday.
The India skipper made 120 from 125 balls, hit 14 fours and a six and his 125-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Shreyas Iyer (71) formed the backbone of the tourists’ 279 for 7 from their 50 overs.
The home side were then set a rain-affected target of 270 in 46 overs.
Chirs Gayle could only manage 11 in his 300th one-day game, but West Indies were very much in contention at 179 for four in the 35th over.
However, four wickets fell for three runs in two overs and the match was effectively over.
West Indies were bowled out for 210, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking 4-31.
India will take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series into the final ODI at the same venue on Wednesday.
Up-and-coming India batsman Shubman Gill continued his tremendous form as he smashed a quick double century for India ‘A’ against West Indies ‘A’ in the third unofficial Test at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad.
Gill smashed an unbeaten 204 off just 248 balls with 19 fours and two sixes in the second innings to help the Indians declare at 365-4 and set a target of 373 on day three of the match.
Gill walked in at 14-2 after the visitors had gained a slender seven-run first-innings lead and joined hands with captain Hanuma Vihari (118*) to put the Indians ahead.
The 19-year-old thus became the youngest Indian ever to score a first-class double century outside India.
Gill’s form raises more questions about the thinking process behind his exclusion from the senior team currently touring the Windies. The 19-year-old was not picked for any of the three formats while out-of-form players and those who have already had many chances were selected.
Gill’s last four scores before his double ton were 40 (first class) and 69, 77, 62 (List A). He has been scoring heavily in the domestic circuit and with India ‘A’. He earned his India ODI call-up earlier in the year but failed twice in seaming conditions in New Zealand.
Gill’s exclusion surprised many, including former captain Sourav Ganguly. Gill is considered one of the finest batting talents to emerge from India in a long time with many expecting him to cement a top-order slot in all three formats this year.
Half centuries from skipper Virat Kohli (59) and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (65 not out) allowed India to complete a 3-0 whitewash over West Indies in their T20 series in Guyana on Tuesday.
Following two comfortable victories in Florida, USA at the weekend, India easily chased down a target of 147 in the final match with seven wickets and 5 balls to spare.
Earlier, Kieron Pollard’s 58 and a swashbuckling 32 from Rovman Powell formed the backbone of the home side’s total of 146-6, which looked competitive until Kohli and Pant got together to put on 107 for the third wicket inside 13 overs.
Pant hit the winning runs with his fourth six, but on a batsman’s day, Deepak Chahar’s figures of 3-1-4-3 with the ball earned him the player of the match award.
A three-game ODI series between the two teams begins on Thursday at the same venue.
Watch the video above for game highlights.