Virat Kohli upstaged a rampant Chris Gayle as India beat West Indies by six wickets in the rain-affected third and final ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Wednesday.
After clean-sweeping the T20I series 3-0, India took the ODI series 2-0 and maintained a clean slate.
Set a revised target of 255 based on the DLS scoring method after Gayle blazed 72 in pacing the home side to 240/7 in 35 overs, Kohli was at his most imperious in compiling an unbeaten 114 – his second consecutive ODI century – to take his side to 256 for four with 15 balls to spare.
His 43rd ODI hundred off 99 balls with 14 fours and overall impact on the series ensured him the double accolade of ‘Man of the Match’ and ‘Man of the Series’.
Brief scores: West Indies 240/7 in 35 overs (Chris Gayle 72; Khaleel Ahmed 3-68) lost to India 256/4 in 32.3 overs (Virat Kohli 114 not out, Shreyas Iyer 65) by six wickets by DLS method.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
No 43. Counter ticks over. It's the Kohli production line. It's smooth and it's efficient. And it's delightfully predictable.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 14, 2019
That was another masterclas from Virat Kohli, unbelievable already his 43rd ODI century. Again showcasing his versatility & greatness. Sheyas Iyer looks a player to. No4???
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) August 14, 2019
Another 💯!?!? 🐐
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) August 14, 2019
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) August 14, 2019
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) August 14, 2019
Virat Kohli has now scored 26 hundreds while chasing in ODIs. If you consider only his hundreds in chases compared to overall hundreds for all other players, he'd still be in 5th place in ODI history.
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 14, 2019
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) August 14, 2019
Most ODI tons as a captain.
Ricky Ponting 22 in 220 innings.
Virat Kohli 21 in 76 innings ONLY.
👑 Kohli for a reason! pic.twitter.com/491KfkLEHR
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) August 14, 2019
ODI 💯 No. 4️⃣3️⃣
— ICC (@ICC) August 14, 2019
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2019
Virat Kohli punches the air as India win by 6 wickets in Trinidad 🙌🏻
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) August 14, 2019
Virat Kohli's last three ODI innings in the West Indies:
111*v WI in Kingston, 6 Jul 2017
120 v WI in Port of Spain, 11 Aug 2019
114* v WI in Port of Spain, 14 Aug 2019
– First player with three consecutive ODI tons in WI
– First visiting player with 4 ODI tons in WI#WIvIND
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) August 14, 2019
Chase Master Virat Kohli showed his class yet again! ODI hundred no. 43. And many more to come.
He’s only 7 tons away from becoming the person with most ODI tons!
Most ODI tons v an opponent:
9 — Sachin v Australia
9 — VIRAT KOHLI v WI#WIvIND
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) August 15, 2019
Very well played, Shreyas Iyer. He would have liked to finish the game today but has looked at ease in both outings and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Feel happy for him #WIvIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 14, 2019