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Virat Kohli etched new heights as India beat West Indies by six wickets to win the 3rd ODI encounter
Virat Kohli etched new heights as India beat West Indies by six wickets to win the 3rd ODI encounter and seal the ODI series 2-0 at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Kohli registered his 43rd ODI century and became the first cricketer ever to score 20,000 international runs in a sing
le decade. The 30-year-old was also involved in a second consecutive century-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer and the pair's stand helped India chase down a 255-run target with six wickets and 14 balls to spare. Take a look at some stat highlights from the third and final IND vs WI ODI game. West Indies vs India Highlights.
It was also for the first time this series that Virat Kohli lost the toss having already won it on five other occasions. Jason Holder opted to bat first and the West Indies were off to a flying start with Chris Gayle - appearing in his possible final ODI game - smashing the Indian bowlers all-round the park. IND vs WI 3rd ODI 2019: Men in Blue Beat West Indies by Six Wickets to Seal the Series; Netizens Hail Shreyas Iyer & Kohli (Read Tweets).
The big-hitting West Indian opener brought up his 50 in just 30 deliveries and also registered the Caribbean nation's first opening century-run partnership at home since February 2014. He eventually departed for 72 from just 41 deliveries, which comprised of 8 fours and 5 sixes. Gayle scored almost 90% of his run in boundaries and walked off a standing ovation from the crowd.
Khaleel Ahmed, who was taken to the covers by Gayle, finished with a three-wicket haul as West Indies put 240/7 on board after the game was reduced to 35 overs per side following rain interventions. In reply, India quickly lost Rohit Sharma but Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan steadied the ship with a 66-run partnership before Iyer and Kohli recreated their magic from the second ODI with another century stand between them.
Kohli recorded his second consecutive hundred in the series, while Iyer completed his second successive fifty. Iyer was dismissed in trying to quickly win it for his side but India romped home with six wickets in hand.
Here are some stat highlights from India vs West Indies
# Virat Kohli became the first cricketer to complete 20,000 international runs in a decade.
# Chris Gayle has now hit the most number of sixes in international cricket in 2019. He has smashed 58 sixes, with 56 of them coming in ODIs.
# Khaleel Ahmed recorded his third 3-wicket haul in ODIs and second against West Indies. His best ODI figures of 3/13 came against West Indies last year.
# Shreyas Iyer registered his fourth ODI and second successive half-century against West Indies.
# Virat Kohli now has the most number of ODI centuries against West Indies. His 9 ODI tons against West Indies is also the most number of ODI hundred he has scored any particular team.
# Virat Kohli is now levelled with Sachin Tendulkar for the most number of ODI centuries against a particular opposition. Sachin has 9 centuries against Australia, while Kohli has 9 against West Indies.
# Virat Kohli also holds the record of scoring most ODI hundreds by a visiting batsman in the West Indies. He overtook Mathew Hayden, who scored 3 ODI centuries in the Caribbean Island. Kohli has 4.
# Virat Kohli now has 21 ODI centuries as an Indian captain. Ricky Ponting holds the record of scoring the most number of ODI hundred as skipper of any cricket playing nation. Ponting hit 22 ODI centuries when he was Australian skipper.
Meanwhile, India completed a double series victory over the West Indies in their own turf. India had earlier clean swept the T20I series 3-0 before winning the ODI series 2-0. India and West Indies next meet in a two-match Test series with the opening Test set to be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. The second game will be played at Sabina Park in Jamaica.