India stormed back into their one-day international series against the West Indies by recording a 107-run win, setting up a decider in the final match of the tour.The visitors stunned Virat Kohli and company with a brilliant performance in the opener as a century from Shimron Hetmyer guided the Windies to an eight-wicket triumph.India’s response was emphatic in the second match. Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul delivered an outstanding start at the top of the order, both reaching hundreds, to allow the hosts to set a daunting total for the tourists to chase.
Although Kieron Pollard’s men put forward a decent effort, it was not enough to stop them sliding to a defeat. With the series tied, both teams will be striving for the victory in the deciding match at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday.
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Kohli has endured a disappointing time at the crease during the series. He made only four in Chennai before being dismissed for a golden duck in the second ODI. Fortunately his failure was not damaging to his side as Sharma’s brilliant innings of 159 was the foundation of India’s win in Vishakhapatnam.
The 32-year-old was at his imperious best, dominating the Windies’ attack with a flurry of boundaries. Rahul has been the steady presence at the other end and he scored his third ODI century in the win. The opener has been in solid form and at 16/5 with Dafabet presents good value to take one step further to lead the run column in the decider.
Shai Hope has been excellent in the opening two matches. He provided the perfect complement to the power of Hetmyer in Chennai, working the ball around the pitch to score an unbeaten century to guide his team over the line.
Hope was on form once again last time out, notching an innings of 78, although on that occasion it was not enough for his team. The 26-year-old has an outstanding record in the 50-over format, boasting an average of 52.94 in 71 matches. Back him at 14/5 with Dafabet to top score for the tourists.
West Indies Top Batsman 1st Innings – Shai Hope 14/5 with Dafabet
Kuldeep Yadav claimed a hat-trick to ensure that his side eased to the win to get back on track. Yadav’s record has been up and down of late, therefore he would have been pleased to get back in the wickets, striking to remove Hope, Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph.
Yadav became the first India bowler to record two hat-tricks in ODI cricket, highlighting his quality. The 25-year-old is one wicket away from 100 in the 50-over format – take him with Betway to notch that one and others to lead the way for India at 13/2.
India Top Bowler 1st Innings – Kuldeep Yadav 13/2 with Betway
The Windies edged the duel with the ball in the opener as Sheldon Cottrell claimed figures of 2/46, but the left-armer was then dispatched for 83 runs in the second contest. The visitors struggled to contain the India openers, with seemingly every bowler being dispatched towards the rope.
Jason Holder has gone wicket-less in the opening two matches, but was economical last time out compared to his team-mates. Holder’s average in ODIs is inferior to his Test record, but he has been bowling well without reward. At odds of 7/2 with Betway take him to find his form in Cuttack.
West Indies Top Bowler 1st Innings – Jason Holder 7/2 with Betway
India found their groove at Vishakhapatnam, especially with the bat, to drag themselves back into the series. Their bowlers were good enough to stymie the threat of Hope and Nicholas Pooran, and they will have to remain at that level to win once again.
The Windies have played well, although they have been a tad mercurial. The home side should just have the edge, but it will be a close game – back Kohli’s men at 2/7 with Betway.