Virat Kohli leads from front,India beat WI with bonus point

Indian Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with a blistering hundred as India bounced back with an emphatic 102-run triumph in a do-or-die encounter of the ODI tri-series against West Indies.

The 24-year-old batsman, leading in the absence of the injured Mahendra Singh Dhoni, smashed 13 fours and two sixes for his 14th one-day ton that helped guide the visitors to 311-7 off 50 overs.

Earlier,Indian openers,Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma — had set up a good platform for the middle-order to build upon. Shikhar Dhawan, scored 69 off 76 deliveries, and Rohit Sharma, who contributed 46 off 78 balls.

However, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Through all that Kohli remained calm and held one end. He has been India’s mainstay for over two years and has absorbed the pressure in tough situations.

The Indians, who had lost both their previous matches, posted a challenging 311 for seven before bowling out the hosts for 171 in 34 overs to grab a bonus point via the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-truncated match.

The target was revised to 274 in 39 overs after a two-hour rain delay before which the hosts were 56 for two in 10 overs.Seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-29), Umesh Yadav (3-32) and Ishant Sharma (2-30) led the way for India.

India's victory has thrown the series wide open with all three teams in with a chance of making the finals.
West Indies are in with a stronger chance having won two of their three matches for nine points. They they will wind up their league engagements tomorrow against Sri Lanka.

India will face Sri Lanka on Tuesday in the last league match. Both the teams have five points each as of now.

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