The fourth ODI was lit up by Virat Kohli's century © IANS
The fourth ODI was lit up by Virat Kohli’s century © IANS

In a match marred by the cancellation of the rest of the tour, West Indies showed a little bit of fight in the fourth One-Day International which was lit up by Virat Kohli’s ton and an impressive performance by Indian batsmen. Abhijit Banare presents the highlights of the match.

Team turns up for toss: In hindsight maybe the West Indies team had already decided the fate of the tour. The entire team turned up at the toss as a mark of support to their skipper Dwayne Bravo. The skipper thanked the team for standing behind him. On the cricketing front, Bravo called it right and inserted India in to bat on a pitch which promised some assistance for the pacers early on. With Jason Holder in the team, there was a good scope for the pacer to extract some bounce as well.

The opening stand: The new opening partnership of Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane had to prove their mettle and hardly had a good record behind them. However, after a cautious start, both the batsmen made most of the loose deliveries dished out by the West Indies pacers. While Rahane timed the ball sweetly, Dhawan overcame initial hiccups to smash the bowlers all around the park. In the seventh and eighth over together, India scored 31 runs of which 27 were scored by Dhawan.

Virat Kohli back in touch: After the 68 at Delhi, Kohli still had to prove that he was well and truly back in form. Even before the match, he looked calm and composed and spoke about the importance of learning from tough phases. A mature Kohli, was in no hurry when he arrived at the crease. Nudging the ball around, engaging in singles, watching the ball closely; Kohli was patient till he got in to his groove. Once settled, he was back to normal scoring freely.

Raina-Kohli partnership: The Windies still had some hope of fighting back, but their lack of interest and poor bowling allowed two of the best batsmen in the team to score freely and more importantly gave the breathing space for Kohli to fight back in to form. The duo shared a solid 138-run third wicket stand which virtually decided the fate of the match as India cruised to a 300+ total.

Disinterested West Indies fielders: West Indies dropped as many as four catches, all of them sitters and leaked a few through overthrows. Kohli also got to his ton thanks to an overthrow.

Horrible start to the chase of 330: If the first part of the match was anything to go by, a lacklusture West Indies with the bat was expected. Aggressive opener Darren Bravo consumed 10 deliveries before finally throwing his wicket away without scoring. And to add to that Kieron Pollard elevated to No 3, played out 35 deliveries to score his six runs. In other words, two of their best aggressive batsmen had consumed 42 deliveries for six runs, a shocking stat in a chase of 330.

Samuels adds some momentum: Throughout the West Indies innings, Samuels remained the only batsman apart from Andre Russell to show some intention of winnings. Though Samuels scored at a brisk pace, the intensity in his innings was missing. Despite climbing required rate, Samuels was happy going at his own pace. The only interesting part of his innings was his duel against Ravindra Jadeja against whom he scored boundaries at will. By the time, Samules got to his seventh ODI century, the match was all but sealed in India’s favour. Samuels had hit six sixes in his innings.

Andre Russell blitzkrieg: When Russell walked out to bat, the required rate was already beyond 11 an over. The explosive batsman showed his true colours by smashing Mohammaed Shami and Umesh Yadav all around the park. In fact, he smashed Yadav for a straight six, which popped back in to the playing area after hitting the roof. The innings was shortlived as he was bowled for 46 off 23 balls which included six fours and three sixes.

Post-match: Dwayne Bravo put up a brave face in the post-match presentation and said that they tried their best to put cricket first. While it was confirmed by the Indian board that tour had indeed been called off, their West Indian counterpart was still maintaining that they hadn’t announced about the same. An unfortunate turn of events, which otherwise could’ve could’ve been another exciting day of cricket for the fans.

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on @AbhijitVirgo)