India in West Indies, 3 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Date & Time: 14 August 2019
RR: 7.87 | India beat West Indies by 6 wickets (D/L method)
End of this game which means end of the ODI series. India win yet another series and they would now be trying to eyeing the Test series. For West Indies, it is their last chance to win a trophy. It is a two-game Test series and the first one begins at 22nd August at 0930 local (1330 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Indian skipper, Man of the Match and Man of the Series, Virat Kohli, says the last couple of games have presented a challenge. He though feels Iyer was brilliant in this game, he was the game-changer and Iyer never let pressure build on him. Further adds he wants his teammates to take responsibility and Iyer is really doing well, not only in this game, but in the last one too, reckoning he is a very talented youngster. Says the finger is fine for now, he does not think it is broken and he should be okay for the first Test. Admits they were a bit nervous when the rain came as West Indies played really well initially but they came back strong after the break and the bowlers did a very good job. Ends by saying they are confident heading into the Test series and are looking forward to it.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder, says the rain break changed the course of the game as it was not easy to start again on this surface but feels that the batters though still did a good job. He felt they were always in the game, credits the Indian players for the way they played but admits they too were not good enough with the ball. Further adds they have let themselves down a lot in the recent past and they need to learn more and understand a lot more and somehow cross the hurdles. States the team is a work in progress, they need to take a closer look at their eleven and hope they learn quickly. Ends by saying they need to turn things around in the red-ball format now.
Earlier in the day, the Windies after electing to bat, got off to an absolute flier. However, the rain break probably played against them as after that they struggled to score. They still would have been happy at the halfway mark as they had a score which was termed to be above par on this surface but India chased it down quite easily.
The Windies bowling was just not upto the mark! They were too short and a little wayward too. Chase and Allen did keep it tight for a while. The latter was the pick of the bowlers. But they had no answers once Iyer stepped on the gas. The pacers needed to step up but they could neither pick up wickets nor stem the flow of runs.
Chasing something more than a run-a-ball, the Indian openers came out all guns blazing. They started to score freely but Rohit was then run out. Dhawan and Kohli though continued the counter-attack and brought things back on track with a 66-run stand. However, Pant and Dhawan fell in quick succession and India at that time were in a spot of bother but Iyer with his captain, played himself in and once he got his eye in, hit the bowlers at will. He added a 120-run stand with Kohli with him scoring a half ton. He was the aggressor in that stand and scored more runs than Kohli in it. His knock also did not let any pressure build on Kohli. Iyer though will be disappointed he did not stay there till the end but Kohli ensured he was the one who hit the winning runs bringing up his ton in the process. All-in-all an excellent chase by the Indians.
255 a tough chase on this tacky wicket? Think twice! India have done this quite easily. Heroes for them - their skipper, run-machine, chase-master - call him what you want as you are going to fall short of superlatives for Virat Kohli. And the other, a youngster, one who is looking to make a name for himself, maybe someone who could fill that no. 4 spot, Shreyas Iyer. It is their partnership which has given India not only a victory in this game but also the series 2-0.
Carlos Brathwaite is back into the attack.
Jason Holder is back!
Kedar Jadhav is the new man in.
Powerplay 3 is on now. Maximum of 5 fielders allowed outside the circle till the end of the game.
Roston Chase is back into the attack.
The physio is out to have a look! HE has the magic spray out but Kohli looks in serious pain here. Like always, the magic spray does its job and Kohli is fine to continue.
Kemar Roach is back!
Keemo Paul is back on now!
Jason Holder brings himself back on.
Carlos Brathwaite is on!
DRINKS! So, India now need 144 off 18 overs to get across the line as the skipper Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer are out in the middle. The batting coming in next looks a bit thin and it is very important for India that these two have a strong partnership here.
Shreyas Iyer is the one who replaces Pant.
Rishabh Pant is the new man in for the Men In Blue.
Roston Chase is on now! Spin from both ends then.
Fabian Allen into the attack now.
Keemo Paul is on now!
Is Rohit Sharma run out? West Indies are not that confident but he seems short.
Jason Holder to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are out in the middle. Kemar Roach to open the proceedings for the West Indies. Here we go...