Guwahati ODI: West Indies on course for a fighting total

22 October, 2018, 19:00 | Author: Isabel Grant
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India dominated with the bat through out the innings as Rohit remained unbeaten on 152 while Virat was dismissed for 140.

The visiting team's fast bowlers and spinners were treated with equal disdain by the 29-year-old Kohli, who smashed 21 fours and two sixes during his classy knock.

For the calendar year of 2018 he now averages a remarkable 127, and he still has six matches left to torment rival bowlers. But he couldn't have been further from the truth, given the form Rohit is in and given Kohli's ridiculous success while chasing in white-ball cricket. I thought West Indies were really good with the bat.

He added: "At the halfway stage, I said to the guys [that the score was] probably par and it was a matter for us of using the new ball as best as we possibly could".

"But we knew it's all about one partnership".

"It's never too hard when you have Rohit at the other end".

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5- The number of double-century partnerships between Kohli and Rohit, and this is already a record.

Earlier, put into bat, West Indies scored 322 runs in the stipulated 50 overs, losing eight wickets.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan (4) was castled by debutant Oshane Thomas in his very first over.

Kohli then took charge with Sharma, who was happy playing second fiddle to his in-form captain, as the duo put on India's biggest-ever ODI stand against West Indies for any wicket.

Sharma, who was relatively quiet till his captain's 100, soon got cracking and reached his century with a boundary off spinner Ashley Nurse. "I was trying to keep the ball on the stumps, and restrict the batsmen by bowling in good areas".

This sort of superiority together, with regular contributions from Dhawan, has been the theme of India's recent ODI history, to the extent that it is comparable on the surface to Ricky Ponting's Australian team that demolished sides with a formidable top three during the period of their consecutive World Cup triumphs. During their stay in the middle and putting together record 246 runs for the second wicket, Kohli and Rohit broke some records and did so at Sachin Tendulkar's expense.

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