A brilliant all-round performance by Ashley Nurse helped Windies beat India by 43 runs in the third ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium as the visitors levelled the series 1-1.
Captain Virat Kohli’s record third successive century went in vain as India were bowled out for 240 in 47.4 overs while chasing 284 in Pune. Nurse took two crucial wickets with his off spin after his 22-ball 40 guided the Caribbean side to 283/9. Shai Hope top scored for Windies with his 113-ball knock off 95.
In reply to the Windies total, India lost wickets at regular intervals with only Kohli holding the fort with his 119-ball 107 before being bowled by part-time spinner Marlon Samuels.
Samuels took three wickets with his off spin while skipper Jason Holder and fellow paceman Obed McCoy also picked up two wickets each to flatten India’s chase.
Here’s how Twitter world reacted to the match:
Match 3, results 3 bhinn. Wonderful effort from West Indies to win one and tie one despite Kohli’s formidable centuries. India need to sort out a few things and hope they take positive learnings from this loss. #IndvWI
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 27, 2018
Great effort from the West Indies to comeback into the series. Young Hope was brilliant and the lower order contributions from the West Indies turned out to be crucial. Many congratulations to West Indies for the win and staying alive in the series. #IndvWI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 27, 2018
Windies have got this in their grasp. Middle muddle continues to haunt India…. #IndvWI
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 27, 2018
Jus the third century for Kohli in a losing cause. Plenty to ponder for India. Middle order has been a weak link for sometime as the openers and Virat had covered up for lack of it consistently, but this has come at the right time. #IndvWI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 27, 2018
so win, lose or tie Kohli gets a ton #INDvWI
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) October 27, 2018
This is a wake-up call for India and will force a relook at team balance. As I have long argued, India have to find a way to have 6 bowling and 8 batting options. That means a keeper and two all-rounders at 6/7/8.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 27, 2018
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) October 28, 2018
With Virat Kohli as captain, India have won only one out of last 5 ODIs. #IndvWI
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 27, 2018
23 centuries while chasing for Kohli. Only 3 on losing cause.
v NZ, Napier, 2014
v Aus, Canberra, 2016
v WI, Pune, 2018#IndvWI
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 27, 2018
This'll be a rare #ViratKohli century in which India failed miserably in a chase. He couldn't finish it this time around..
— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) October 27, 2018
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 27, 2018
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) October 27, 2018
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) October 27, 2018
38 Tons in 206 ODI innings is ridiculous ….. 🐐 #Fact
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 27, 2018
It just keeps getting better and better from @imVkohli Congratulations
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) October 27, 2018
Virat Kohli has now aggregated 995 runs in his last 10 ODI innings, which is the highest run-aggregate for ANY player across ANY span of 10 innings in the game's history.#INDvWI
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 27, 2018
West Indies' only other game at Pune (at Nehru Stadium) was the WC match in 1996 when Kenya upset them to lose by 73 runs!#IndvWI
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 27, 2018