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Kohli’s 2nd straight ton drives India’s ODI series win over Windies

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Virat Kohli celebrates after slamming his 43rd international century.

Port of Spain: Skipper Virat Kohli scored his second consecutive hundred to lead India to a series-clinching victory in the third ODI against West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Chasing a stiff revised 255-run target on Duckworth-Lewis method on Wednesday, Kohli scored unbeaten 114 and was ably supported by Shreyas Iyer to guide India to a comfortable six-wicket win which translated into a 2-0 series victory in the three-match rubber.

Earlier in the day, Chris Gayle playing in probably his last ODI smashed 72 runs to help Windies post a competitive 240/7 in the rain-curtailed match after they elected to bat.

Gayle was congratulated by the Indian players and given a standing ovation by the crowd as he walked off in what could be his final ODI.

However, after the match, the 39-year-old made it clear that he has not retired yet.

Chasing 255, India lost opener Rohit Sharma (10) in the third over. However, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli rose to the occasion and took the Men in Blue to 91 in the 12th over before the opener became Fabien Allen’s victim.

Kohli found able support in Iyer, who scored his second consecutive fifty and stitched together a 120-run stand with his skipper for the fourth wicket. Iyer”s 41-ball 65 was studded with five sixes and three boundaries.

When the 24-year-old was dismissed, the Men in Blue needed 43 more runs from 40 balls but Kedar Jadhav (198) made sure there was no twist in the tale. He raised an unbeaten 44-run stand for the sixth wicket and took India across the line.

Earlier, Gayle and opening partner Evin Lewis helped West Indies race to 114/0 in the first 10 overs. Lewis and Gayle struck a combined 8 sixes in this period, which is the most ever in an ODI batting first.

Lewis was dismissed in the 11th over and Gayle in the 12th but their stand set the template for West Indies” eventual total.

Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer were going steadily when rain forced a prolonged interruption. The match eventually started over three hours later as a 35-overs a side contest.

Brief scores: India 256/4 (Virat Kohli 114*, Shreyas Iyer 65; Fabien Allen 2/40) bt West Indies 240/7 (Chris Gayle 72, Evin Lewis 43; Khaleel Ahmed 3/68)