India pulled 2-1 up in the ODI series against the West Indies after a thumping 224-run win in Mumbai.
Virat Kohli failed in his bid to equal the world record of four ODI centuries in four consecutive innings, but his teammates stepped up to the plate as India amassed 377-5 against a lifeless West Indies attack.
Rohit Sharma (the man who holds the record for the highest individual score in an ODI – 264) scored his 21st ODI century, a beautifully crafted innings that saw him amass 162 runs off 137 balls (20 fours, four sixes). Kohli went for 16 off 17 balls, but Ambati Rayudu stepped up to the plate, scoring his third ODI century before being run out for 100 off 81 balls (eight fours, four sixes).
The West Indies bowlers were all taken to task, but Kemar Roach took some consolation for the hammering by scalping Kohli and MS Dhoni, two batsmen who, between them, have more than 20 000 ODI runs in the bag.
The West Indies response got off to a terrible start, losing three wickets with the score on 20 (including two run outs) and, after being reduced to 56-6 in the 14th over, the contest was as good as done. Skipper Jason Holder played manfully to end undefeated on 54 off 70 balls (one four, two sixes) as the West Indies were rolled out for 153 from 36.2 overs.
Three Indian bowlers went for less than four runs to the over, with Jasprit Bumrah (0-25, econ 3.12), Khaleel Ahmed (3-13, econ 2.60) and Ravindra Jadeja (1-39, econ 3.90), while Kuldeep Yadav’s 3-42 was still relatively affordable, costing just 5.04 runs per over.
India leads the series 2-1 with one match to play.
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