Indian skipper Virat Kohli with his unbeaten century and Dinesh Kartik with his half century helped India to wrap the five match ODI 3-1 series with an 8 wicket victory over West Indies.
After winning the toss, the dry-looking pitch of Sabina Park seemed fruitful to West Indies as they elected to bat first and they ended up with a score of 205 for 50 overs. But with an unbeaten 111 score from Virat Kohli and again unbeaten 50 from Dinesh Kartik, India won the fifth and final ODI against West Indies by eight courteous wickets. This was Kohli’s 18th hundred in ODI and with this achievement, he surpassed the record of most number of centuries in one day matches of 17 by Sachin Tendulkar. With his efforts with the bat, Kohli was awarded as Man of the Match at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.
Although the starting of match was jittery for India as Shikhar Dhawan went off right away in the first over, by Alzarri Joseph. But besides the early dismissal of Dhawan, the Indian team was in complete control of the chase for 205. This match was a test of skill for Kohli and his men after an unexpected 11 run loss in the 4th ODI in Antigua. The duo of Kohli and Rahane contributed in pursuing the target as Rahane played ever-consistently while Kohli with his signature aggression.
The duo dominated with proceedings of runs but unluckily Rahane missed out the shot at 48 and was dismissed with an LBW. Rahane was replaced by Kartik and unbeaten Kohli who rocked the field for a clear eight-wicket victory of the final ODI match with 3-1 score.