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Would like to carry the momentum in Sunday's T20: Kohli

News Agencies | Updated on: 7 July 2017, 11:45 IST

India skipper Virat Kohli has hailed team's "clinical performance" in the fifth and final ODI against West Indies and said that they would like to take the momentum to the lone T20I to be played on Sunday.

The skipper led from the front with a fluent century as India wrapped up the five-match series 3-1 with a convincing eight wicket win at the Sabina Park on Thursday.

Put into bowl first, pacer Mohammed Shami bagged four wickets as the Men in Blue produced a disciplined bowling effort to restrict the hosts to a modest 205 for nine.

Kyle Hope (46) and his brother Shai (51) were the top scorers for West Indies as they clawed to 200 that once looked tough for them.

Apart from Shami, Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets while Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya scalped a wicket each.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja didn't pick up any wicket but his tight bowling kept pressure on the West Indian batters.

Chasing the total, India hardly faced any trouble as Kohli (111 not out) and ever-consistent Ajinkya Rahane (39 off 51) shared 79 runs for the second wicket in 17.5 overs to set the platform for the comfortable win.

Together with Dinesh Karthik (50 not off 52 balls), the 28-year-old stitched unbeaten 122 runs for the third wicket to take the team home with more than 13 overs to spare.

"It was a clinical performance and we are really happy with it. From a personal point of view and from a team point of view it was a complete day. We would like to take momentum to Sunday's T20I," Kohli said.

"The intent today was not to get stuck and string in too many dot balls. It was to get away the boundaries every now and then and for that you need a clear mind set as in when to get a boundary and then, you know, when to keep the scoreboard ticking as well. So, yeah, after a disappointing last game, I think, today was really clinical and we are very happy with it," he added.


First published: 7 July 2017, 11:45 IST