Twitter Reactions: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and a fearless Shardul Thakur guide India to series triumph

Twitter Reactions: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and a fearless Shardul Thakur guide India to series triumph

Thakur's short, yet priceless cameo of 17 runs off six balls under pressure took India over the finishing line.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The final ODI between India and West Indies kept everyone at the edge of their seats. The packed house at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack was treated to a cliffhanger. The pendulum swung quite a few times, but in the end, Team India won by four wickets to seal the series 2-1. Kieron Pollard and Co would be disappointed that they let India off the hook after getting them on the mat.

Pollard and Pooran bashes India bowlers

India have been a dominant side while chasing and it wasn’t a surprise that the hosts elected to field first. But the Caribbean openers, Evin Lewis (21) and Shai Hope (42) made a steady start, putting on 57 for the first wicket. Ravindra Jadeja gave India their first moment of joy, dismissing Lewis. A few overs later, Mohammed Shami castled Hope, who was starting to look ominous, hitting five fours.

Shimron Hetmyer (38) and Roston Chase (37) perished to Navdeep Saini in quick succession after stitching a 52-run stand. From there on, Kieron Pollard (74*) and Nicholas Pooran (89) upped the ante and put on 135 for the fifth wicket off 100 balls. Shardul Thakur got rid of Pooran, but Pollard went bonkers at the death and guided the visitors to 315, hitting three fours and seven huge sixes.

Virat Kohli shines in yet another run-chase

The hosts started the run-chase on a positive note, courtesy a 122-run opening stand between Rohit Sharma (63) and KL Rahul (77). Jason Holder struck first blood, nipping out Rohit in the 22nd over. A few overs later, it was Alzarri Joseph’s turn to remove Rahul. Keemo Paul joined the party and pinned Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli notched a half-century off 51 balls.

Sheldon Cottrell piled on more agony for India with Kedar Jadhav’s wicket. After the mini-collapse, Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja (39*) restored sanity, adding 58 for the sixth wicket. But Paul delivered a body blow, castling Virat, who ended with 85 off 81. Shardul Thakur played a bit of blinder and got a 6-ball-17 runs with two fours and a six, helping India chase the target with eight balls to spare.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the humdinger in Cuttack: –