Windies overcame yet another century from Virat Kohli to beat India by 43 runs in the third ODI and level the five-match series 1-1.

Chasing 284, India were off to yet another poor start with Jason Holder castling Rohit Sharma for just 8. However, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli steadied the ship and revived the chase with a 79-run stand before Ashley Nurse broke the stand by dismissing Dhawan for 35.

Kohli, who scored centuries in the first two games, soon went on to reach his fifty while his partners kept on deserting him from the other end. The likes of Ambati Rayudu (22) and Rishabh Pant (24) got the starts but failed to convert. On the other hand, MS Dhoni’s (7) woes with the bat continued as India found themselves five down for 194.

But Kohli kept on going strong and soon scored his third century of the series to keep India in hunt. But the game turned on its head when Marlon Samuels dismissed Virat Kohli for 107 to reduce India to 220 for 7. India were eventually all out for 240.

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Earlier in the match, Shai Hope once again top-scored for his side to help them recover from a shaky start and put up a challenging 283 for 9. Returning Jasprit Bumrah, who took 4 for 35, was perhaps the difference as India stopped the Windies from crossing the 300-run mark for the third game in a row. He also stopped Hope from scoring hundreds in consecutive games by castling him with a yorker for 95.

 Asked to bat first, Windies openers once again failed to give the team a good start. Chandrapaul Hemraj was out for 15 after MS Dhoni took a stunning diving catch running backwards. Kieran Powell also failed to score big, falling for just 21 as Windies found them 2 down for 38.

Khaleel Ahmed then accounted for Malon Samuels to reduce the visitors to 55 for 3 in the 14th over. Hope then found a good partner in Shimron Hetmyer as the two steadied the ship by adding 56 runs in 45 deliveries for the fourth wicket. It ended when Hetmyer’s failed slog-sweep attempt resulted in stumping.

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Rovman Powell then fell cheaply as Windies found themselves reeling at 121 for 5. Hope and Jason Holder stopped the rot for a while by adding 75 runs for the sixth wicket.

Any hopes of getting close to 300 was looking bleak when Hope became the eighth wicket to fall with 227 runs on the board. However, Ashley Nurse slammed 40 off just 22 balls to take his team to a challenging 283.

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