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India West Indies 3rd ODI

India beat the West Indies by 4 wickets to win the 3rd ODI, and clinch the series into the bargain.

India brought in Navdeep Saini for the injured Deepak Chahar, whilst the West Indies announced an unchanged side. It was the home side who won the toss in Cuttack and chose to bowl first, with the visitors getting off to a reasonable start with Evin Lewis and Shai Hope putting on 57 for the first wicket, until Lewis fell for 21 to Ravindra Jadeja, caught by Saini. Hope was the next man to go, bowled by Mohammed Shami for 42.

Roston Chase and Shimron Hetmyer then shared a stand of 62, before Saini struck, having Hetmyer caught by Kuldeep Yadav for 37. He had struck 2 sixes. And then Saini struck again, bowling Chase for 38. However, Nicholas Pooran and his captain Kieron Pollard gave their side real hope with a stand of 135 for the fifth wicket, scoring at more than eight an over. Their partnership finally came to an end in the 48th over when Pooran, who had scored 89 off 64 balls, including 3 sixes and 10 fours, was caught by Jadeja with Shardul Thakur the bowler this time. However, Pollard and Holder added another 42 runs as the West Indies posted a competitive score of 315 – 5. Pollard was unbeaten on 74, scored off 51 balls and featuring 7 sixes and 3 fours, whilst Holder was 7 not out.

In reply, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul gave India another fine start to go with their contribution in the second match in Visakhapatnam.  Together they put on 122 for the first wicket before Rohit fell in the 22nd over, caught behind off Holder for 63. He had struck one six and 8 fours.  Then Rahul and his captain Virat Kohli added 45 before Rahul was also caught behind, with Alzarri Joseph the bowler this time. He had made 77, and also struck one six and 8 fours.

Kohli and Shreyas Iyer looked to keep up the momentum, but then Keemo Paul took two wickets inn consecutive overs, having Iyer caught by Joseph, and then bowling Rishabh Pant.

Kohli and Kedar Jadhav then added 27, before Jadhav became the next wicket to fall when he was bowled by Sheldon Cottrell for 9. Kohli though took his side close to victory, sharing a stand of 58 for the sixth wicket with Jadeja. He fell in the 47th over for 85, having made 9 fours, bowled by Paul, but Jadeja and Thakur were able to reach their target with 8 balls to spare. Jadeja was unbeaten on 39, whilst Thakur finished 17 not out.

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