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Virat Kohli slams ton as India beat West Indies by 8 wickets, clinch series 3-1

Captain Virat Kohli celebrates his century with teammate Dinesh Karthik during the fifth ODI against West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team Kingston, Jamaica Jul 06, 2017, 09.48 PM (IST)

India's captain Virat Kohli led from the front to hit an unbeaten 111 to lead India to a series victory over hosts West Indies in the fifth and final one-day international at Sabina Park on Thursday.

India reached West Indies target of 205/9 in just 37 overs losing just two wickets as captain Virat Kohli stayed till the end to take India home.

India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan in the first over to fast bowler Alzarri Joseph but  Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli combined to put on a solid 79-run partnership to set the foundation for India's eight-wicket victory in the final one-day international.


India celebrates their victory and winning of the series after finishing the fifth One Day International (ODI) match between West Indies and India at the Sabina Park Cricket Ground in Kingston, Jamaica. (AFP)


Ajinkya Rahane fell leg before to spinner Devendra Bishoo after scoring a well-crafted 39 in 51 balls with five boundaries.

Dinesh Karthik then joined skipper Kohli in the 19th over and both batsmen stayed till the end to share a 122-run partnership as India finished the ODI tournament on high, after their embarrassing 11-run loss to West Indies in the fourth ODI at Antigua. 

Kohli's 28th ODI century off just 108 deliveries with two sixes and 12 boundaries was the highlight of the match. Karthik at the other end reached his 50 in just 52 balls hitting 5 boundaries to share an unbroken third-wicket partnership as India cruised to victory with 13 overs to spare as skipper Kohli finished the match with his second six off Roston Chase.

Earlier, opening bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav shared seven wickets in restricting the West Indies after they were well poised at 76 for one in the 16th over.

West Indies batsman Shai top-scored with 51, while Kyle contributed 46 and all-rounders Holder and Rovman Powell hit 36 and 31 respectively but West Indies failed to capitalise as Indian bowlers held their line and length and struck at regular intervals.

Shami finished with match figures of four for 48 while Yadav completed his ten-over spell with three wickets at a cost of 53 runs.

India will conclude their Caribbean visit on Sunday when they take on the West Indies in a T20 international at the same venue.

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