India thump WI by 8 wkts to clinch series
Riding on skipper Virat Kohli's unbeaten century, India defeated the West Indies by eight wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Sabina Park here.
India have thus clinched the five-ODI series by a 3-1 margin. They had earlier won the second and third ODIs while the hosts clinched an upset win in the fourth game. The opening match of the series was washed out by rain.
During Thursday's game, Kohli led the way with an unbeaten 111 while middle-order batsman Dinesh Karthik remained not out on 50.
"This win is very satisfying. The batting plans did not come together in the last game. That can happen when there is a low total. We have seen a lot of low total wins in the past, specially defending the low totals," Kohli was quoted as saying.
"We were in a zone where pressure builds up when runs are hard to come by," he added.
"The intent was not to get stuck and string in too many dot balls. For that you need a clear mindset on when to get a boundary and when to keep the scoreboard ticking. After a disappointing last game, today was really clinical and we are really happy with that."
West Indies skipper Jason Holder was unhappy with his team's batting performance although he praised his bowlers.
"We were unable to keep our wickets intact. We lost wickets every time we seemed to be gathering momentum. I felt we could have consolidated a little more," he said.
Virat Kohli has broken Sachin Tendulkar's record for most centuries in ODIs while chasing. Kohli led from the front with a fluent century as India yesterday wrapped up the five-match series 3-1 with a convincing eight-wicket win over the West Indies. This was Kohli's 28th hundred in One-day cricket, 18 of which have come while chasing. Tendulkar took 232 innings to reach 17, while Kohli has reached the milestone in only 102 innings. Third in the list is Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored 11 centuries in 116 innings while batting second. Kohli also became the first Indian captain to score two hundreds against the West Indies in the Caribbean.