Kohli Disappointed and Loses Cool at Batsmen: After losing by 11 runs in a dramatic match a few days back, Skipper Virat Kohli has questioned shot selection by the Indian batsmen. With this Windies victory, the series is alive as a win in the last ODI for them will level the five-match series because the first ODI was washed out, and 2nd, 3rd was won by India.
Indian bowlers again showed their power with the ball and with stunning performance restricted West Indies for 189/9 in the 50 overs. But it was team India’s batting, which failed to shine on the day and couldn’t get India over the line.
What Kohli Said in Post Match Presentation?
Skipper Kohli praised the bowlers of team India and expressed his displeasure regarding the way batsmen gave away their wickets.
“We bowled really well to restrict them to 189,” Kohli was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo after the match.
“Our shot selection wasn’t up to the mark, losing crucial wickets at crucial stages. You’ve got to keep up the momentum through the game. Credit to the West Indies bowlers, they created those dot balls that induced those mistakes,” Kohli added.
Kohli also praised West Indies skipper Jason Holder, who finished the innings with a five-wicket haul and played a pivotal role in making the series 1-2.
“Credit to the West Indies bowlers, they created those dot balls that induced those mistakes. We faltered with the bat and that can happen in this game. We just have to put this behind us and come back fresh for the next game,” Virat Kohli said.
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Holder’s 5 wicket haul marked career best figures of 5-27 as West Indies defeated India by 11 runs and stayed alive in the five match One Day series.
India lost in-form Shikhar Dhawan (5), captain Virat Kohli (3) and Dinesh Karthik (2) cheaply after restricting West Indies to a modest 189 for nine.
But Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni then came together and stitched a 54-run partnership together. It was a rather slow partnership, and took them 18.1 overs to make 54-runs.
Dhoni played a rather slow inning, making 54 off 114 balls. From the beginning, Indian batsmen were on back foot but as the chasing total was below 200 and Dhoni was on the crease, it appeared that India will win the series that day itself, but he was dismissed on the last ball off the 49th over, with Williams accounting for the former India captain.
Pandya scored 20 runs and Jadhav 10 as the batsmen struggled to get runs on what was a slow and a sluggish pitch.
The last match of series is now going to be played on 6th July, the live action will be available on hotstar.