Virat Kohli fell for 85 but India held their nerve to win by four wickets against the West Indies and win the series 2-1. (Photo Credit: PTI)
After receiving a massive jolt in the Chennai ODI, Virat Kohli's Indian cricket team restored the parity by registering a big win in the Vizag ODI. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul stole the show with a brilliant partnership of 227. However, in both the ODIs so far, the performances of the No.4 and No.5 batsmen, which has been a weak underbelly of the Indian team for the last couple of years has been brilliant. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant rescued India from a dodgy position in Chennai as both hit fifties while in Vizag, they capitalised on the platform set by Rahul and Rohit to launch a blitz which saw India scoring 55 runs in two overs.
21:41 hrs IST: India have won the match by four wickets and they have won the series 2-1. They have ended the decade in style.
21:34 hrs IST: Shardul Thakur tilts the balance towards India and he responds with a six and a four off Cottrell. That could be the game for India. After 48 overs, India are 309/6, needing 7 off 12 balls.
21:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Is that the killer blow? Kohli is gone for 85. Keemo Paul, you beauty! Good length ball close to the off stump, Kohli drives and ends up dragging the ball back onto the stumps. India are 286/6 in 46.1 overs, need 30 off 23 balls.
21:21 hrs IST: Jadeja hits another boundary and India are closing in. After 46 overs, India are 286/5, needing 30 off 24 balls.
21:16 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja pulls a short ball from Jason Holder to the boundary. Kohli is nearing a century and India are 278/5 in 45 overs, needing 38 from 30 balls.
21:07 hrs IST: Kohli steers Kharry Pierre for a boundary to third man and whips a flighted ball to wide long on. India are 263/5 in 43 overs, needing 53 off 42 balls.
21:03 hrs IST: Kohli and Jadeja are keeping India in the hunt. India are 253/5 in 42 overs. needing 63 runs off 48 balls.
20:47 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant from Sheldon Cottrell. Full length ball on the off stump line and it cuts back in off the deck, Jadhav plays across the line and the wicketsare shattered. India are 228/5 in the 39th over, needing 88 off 67 balls.
20:36 hrs IST: FIFTY! 55th for Virat Kohli. He is the lone hope now for India along with Kedar Jadhav. India need a further 105 runs to win. After 37 overs, India are 210/4.
20:29 hrs IST: WICKET! Another one bites the dust. Good length ball angled across, Rishabh Pant tries to play with an angled bat and ends up dragging the ball back onto the stumps. India are 201/4 in 35 overs.
20:15 hrs IST: WICKET! West Indies are fighting here. Short ball and on leg stump again from Keemo Paul, Iyer helps the pull to long leg, Alzarri Joseph takes the catch and he falls for 7. India are 188/3 are 32.3 overs.
20:04 hrs IST: WICKET! Just what the doctor ordered for West Indies. Short ball and on leg stump, Rahul is cramped for room and he ends up top-edging the pull to the keeper. India are 167/2 after 30 overs.
19:54 hrs IST: Rahul effortlessly flicks a six over deep midwicket off Alzarri Joseph as India are 161/1 after 28 overs.
19:41 hrs IST: Virat Kohli gets going with a boundary and KL Rahul is looking in great touch. After 25 overs, India are 141/1.
19:26 hrs IST: WICKET! That is a massive wicket for West Indies. Back of a length delivery from Jason Holder and it zups through, Rohit does not move his feet and he edges it to the keeper. India are 122/1 after 21.2 overs.
19:08 hrs IST: KL Rahul hits his fifth fifty. Rohit continues his record breaking year with his 43rd fifty. Sublime batting from India and they are 103/0 in the 18th over.
18:54 hrs IST: Rahul and Rohit are nearing fifties. India are 84/0 after 14 overs.
18:35 hrs IST: Rohit and Rahul are taking the attack to the West Indies bowlers. India are 53/0 after nine overs.
18:13 hrs IST: Rohit is looking in ominous form as he blasts a six and a four off Jason Holder. India are 25/0 after four overs.
18:06 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have started confidently with Rohit smashing two boundaries. India are 15/0 after three overs.
17:26 hrs IST: Some brilliant hitting from Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran have helped West Indies end on 315/5. Can India chase this down? Time for King Kohli to do his bit.
17:21 hrs IST: Pollard gets to his fifty and he blasts two fours and a six off Navdeep Saini. West Indies are 299/5 after 49 overs.
17:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Pooran upper-cuts a short ball and he holes out to deep point. West Indies are 291/5 in the 48th over.
17:03 hrs IST: Three fours by Nicholas Pooran off Navdeep Saini. West Indies are making a move on. West Indies are 252/4 in 46 overs.
16:57 hrs IST: Pooran gets a four and West Indies are making good progress. West Indies 238/4 after 45 overs.
16:46 hrs IST: Pollard hits a six and then Pooran notches up his fifth fifty with a six as West Indies are 226/4 after 43 overs.
16:42 hrs IST: Pollard and Pooran are finding the boundaries at will. West Indies are 209/4 in the 42nd over.
16:17 hrs IST: Pollard blasts two sixes off Kuldeep Yadav and West Indies are 178/4 after 37 overs.
16:13 hrs IST: Pooran is looking in good touch and West Indies will be hoping he stays till the end. After 36 overs, West Indies are 165/4.
16:05 hrs IST: Pollard is hit flush on the boot with a yorker and India opt for the review. However, the impact is outside off. West Indies are 153/4 after 34 overs.
15:50 hrs IST: WICKET! Sublime bowling from Navdeep Saini. That is the definition of a pin-point yorker. It is 139 kmph, Chase is late in getting the bat down and the ball hits the off stump. West Indies are 144/4 in the 32nd over.
15:44 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant stuff from Saini and the dangerous Hetmyer goes. Short ball on leg stump, Hetmyer miscues the pull shot and the catch is taken at long leg. West Indies are 132/3 in the 30th over.
15:34 hrs IST: Hetmyer thumps a six and KL Rahul pulls off a fantastic effort and he responds with a boundary. The left-hander is looking in great touch. West Indies are 129/2 after 28 overs.
15:26 hrs IST: Hetmyer signals his intention with a slog swept six off Kuldeep Yadav and he blasts Jadeja down the groind. West Indies are making a move on and they are 110/2 in the 27th over.
15:21 hrs IST: Pant is having a tough time as he fails to collect a glance from Hetmyer. West Indies are 94/2 after 25 overs.
15:12 hrs IST: West Indies are aiming to rebuild but India are building the pressure. After 22 overs, West Indies are 79/2.
15:03 hrs IST: Wicket Maiden for Mohammed Shami. West Indies have to attempt a big rebuilding task here. Hetmyer and Chase are important now. West Indies are 70/2 after 20 overs.
14:58 hrs IST: WICKET! Superb ball from Mohammed Shami and Shai Hope's knock comes to an end. Good length ball and it nips back in sharply from outside off, it breaches the defence of Hope and crashes onto the stumps. Hope gone for 42. West Indies are 70/2 after 19.2 overs.
14:41 hrs IST: WICKET! That is finally the breakthrough for India. Jadeja flights this delivery and Lewis goes for the lofted shot, he miscues it and the catch is taken by Navdeep Saini at long on. West Indies are 57/1 after 15 overs.
14:36 hrs IST: Hope and Lewis continue to play confidently as India search for the breakthrough. West Indies are 56/0 after 14 overs.
14:14 hrs IST: Saini misses a run-out chance while Jadeja drops an incredibly tough chance of Evin Lewis. West Indies are laying a solid base, reaching 39/0 after nine overs.
14:04 hrs IST: Not such a good start for Saini as he gets hit for two boundaries to long off and then to deep point. West Indies are 30/0 after seven overs.
14:00 hrs IST: West Indies are making steady progress and they are 22/0 after six overs. Navdeep Saini comes to bowl in his debut game.
13:51 hrs IST: Shai Hope shows his aggressive side and hits two fours off Shami, one down to the long off fence and one a pull shot to the deep midwicket fence. After four overs, West Indies are 16/0.
13:40 hrs IST: Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami begin proceedings and it is a quiet start. Shami begins with a maiden over. West Indies are 1/0 after two overs.
13:06 hrs IST: West Indies are unchanged. Here are the playing XIs of both the sides.
West Indies (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini
13:04 hrs IST: India have chosen to bowl against West Indies in Cuttack. Navdeep Saini is the only change.
12:57 hrs IST: Navdeep Saini will make his ODI debut today. Remember, Deepak Chahar is out due to a back injury. Toss coming up shortly.
12:39 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the third and final ODI between India and West Indies at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack. This is the final ODI for India in this decade. Can they secure their 10th straight win in bilateral series against West Indies? Can India end the decade on a high? The toss is just 20 minutes away.