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Virat Kohli’s Blitz Demolishes West Indies in 4th ODI; India Eye Series Win at Kolkata

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Virat Kohli’s Blitz Demolishes West Indies in 4th ODI; India Eye Series Win at Kolkata

October 20
08:49 2014

viratNew Delhi, Monday, October 20 – In the midst of cheering crowd at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala, during the fourth One-Day International match held on Friday, October 17, India thrashed West Indies by 59 runs. Post winning the match 1-1 apiece, the lately played match was of huge importance for both the teams and it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ‘playing XI’ will got the desired lead and physiological advantage prior heading towards the last and decisive match, which will kick off today at 2:30 pm at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

The Caribbean squad won the toss and opted to field first in opposition to India. Definitely, motto was to restrict ‘men in blue’ not to score big. However, decision proved wrong the moment opening pair Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan arrived on the crease and started sending the ball into the fences. Before falling short to Andre Russell when 12th over was in progress, the 28-year-old Delhi boy scored 35 runs of same number of balls, together with six boundaries and a four. His dismissal made Virat Kohli to come on 22 yards pitch and let the match go far away from WI’s reach, Rahane’s impressive half-century put pressure on West Indies bowlers. His 68-run inning comprised seven fours but Sulieman Benn put a ceiling on an amazing show by stunning the opener with a superb spell.

Despite losing wickets, not too frequently, India’s rate of scoring runs did not drop. The new batsmen Suresh Raina completely sent WI bowling attack at the back foot, along with Kohli, by playing a knock of 71 runs, which came in just 58 balls. 5 huge sixes and 3 boundaries made the rivals search for another tactics to make Indian batting lineup collapse. With 5 overs yet remaining to be bowled, Jerome Taylor sent him back to the pavilion, giving the guest a quick thought that they might not score massive runs. But Kohli was in no mood to spare bowlers and punished them by hitting 13 fours and 3 sixes.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni turned run out victim when Kieron Pollard hit the stumps at the right time. He scored 6 runs of 5 balls. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja made a couple of runs and threw his wicket to Jason Holder. His dismissal let talented Ambati Rayudu (12 runs of 7 balls) prove his significance in the team. A biggie from him lent a hand to India to keep maintaining the pace of attaining runs. Kohli remained up till the end but lost his wicket on the last ball in an attempt to get a single. A stunning 127-run knock from him made him regain his form and India put humongous score of 330 runs on the board.

Chasing the target turned nightmare at first for the host when Dwayne Smith was out by Umesh Yadav. He could not open his account in spite of facing 11 balls and this alone is adequate to tell that Dhoni-led Indian bowlers did not leave any stone unturned to get breakthrough as early as possible. Destructive batsman Pollard was unable to go for long shots and pocketed only 6 runs of 31 balls, which was completely not his style. Darren Bravo once again could not score further of 40 runs, however, was extraordinary with 6 fours. To keep the stress off from the squad, Marlon Samuels did the right thing and hit 112 runs of 106 balls (4 x 9 and 6 x 6). Wicket kept falling at the other end as Denesh Ramdin and Dwayne Bravo had to leave for the pavilion post scoring 9 and 0 run (s), respectively, in Jadeja’s over. Darren Sammy struck 16 runs (4 x 2) but Akshar Patel got him at a point when WI needed the right-handed batsman the most. Andre Russell tried to lift up his team and scored 46 runs of just half the number of balls.

Jason Holder and Jerome Taylor made 11 runs apiece and were out by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, respectively.  Samuels was dismissed by Shami, ending West Indies dream to win the match. Sulieman Benn stayed unbeaten at 1 run. The whole team was back in the dressing room in 48.1 overs. It was an astounding figure in terms of wickets taken by the Indian bowlers, who got 2 wickets each. Kohli received man of the match award for his blinder.

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