Kohli, Sharma propel India to 251 against West Indies

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli Kingston (Jamaica), June 17 : Virat Kohli (94) and Rohit Sharma (57) helped India set West Indies a 252-run target in fifth and final One-day International (ODI) here Thursday.

India were off to a bad start on a juicy Sabina Park wicket, losing openers Shikhar Dhawan (11) and Parthiv Patel (6) with 21 runs on the board in the first seven overs.

Manoj Tiwary (22), who had opened in the fourth ODI looked more comfortable in the middle order and gave good support to the in-form Kohli. But the Bengal player failed to capitalise on a good start and was caught behind off Kieron Pollard.

Now the onus was on Kohli and Sharma to take the team out of troubled waters.

And the talented duo did not stop disappoint as they stitched a 110-run partnership for the fourth wicket and laid the foundation for a 275-plus total. Kohli was in sublime form in his 104-ball knock that comprised 10 delightful boundaries.

Sharma, who has been India's most prolific batsman in the series, played second fiddle to Kohli and was patient during his 74-ball innings. He struck only two fours and a six but made sure Kohli got more strike as he was the more fluent batsman on the day. This was Sharma's third fifty in the series.

The visitors lost way when Kohli was run out while attempting a second run with the score being 189 for four in at the end of the 36th over. Captain Suresh Raina (0) departed in the next over, getting the explosive Yusuf Pathan (30) at the crease. He and Sharma added another 35 runs but after their dismissals, the tail fell cheaply and India were bowled out with 15 balls to spare.

Fast bowler Andre Russell troubled the Indian batsmen and was rewarded with a four-wicket haul. (IANS)

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