India vs West Indies: India wins by 224 runs, take 2-1 series lead

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NEW DELHI: India defeated West Indies by 224 runs in the fourth ODI at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.

 

India took a commanding position of 377 for 5, but the West Indies didn’t get a strong start. While Chasing a massive 378-run target, West Indies were folded for 153 in 36.2 overs. 

Rohit Sharma’s (162) and Ambati Rayudu’s (100) centuries lead India to an imposing 377 for five after the hosts opted to bat.

Rohit's 21st century came off 137 balls with the help of 20 fours and four hits over the fence, while Rayudu decorated his 100-run knock with eight boundaries and four sixes. India's Khaleel Ahmed finished with figures on 3/13 in 5 overs.

Rohit Sharma has hit the highest yearly individual score for India each time for the last six years and he gets the Man of the Match Award for his 162 run knock.

His 162(137) against Windies on Monday is the highest ODI score by an Indian this year and his 208*(153) against Sri Lanka was India's best in 2017.

Sharma's 209(158), 264(173), 150(133) and 171*(163) were India's highest scores in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 respectively.

"I was trying to focus on my batting and I never think about how I am going to get the double hundred. It's never crossed my mind, I was thinking of scoring as many runs as possible and lead the team to a good position. " Sharma said at the post-match press conference on Monday.

This is India's third biggest win in the format. Their biggest-ever win in ODI remains the 257-run demolition of Bermuda in the 2007 ICC World Cup and they also defeated Bangladesh by 200 runs in April 2003.

Earlier India had won the first ODI by eight wickets and the second game ended in a tie. In the third match, West Indies bounced back and won by 43 runs.

With this ODI victory, India took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. The final match of the series will be played in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.

 

 

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