Team India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first in the ongoing fourth ODI against the Windies. The hosts were able to post an above par total of 377 runs on the back of fine hundreds from their deputy Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan once again got off to a start but could not carry on to make a substantial score. Dhawan scored 38 runs before hitting the ball straight to short mid-wicket.

Meanwhile, India’s captain Virat Kohli had a rare off at work as the talisman only scored 16 runs. However, Rohit Sharma and his former Mumbai Indians teammate Ambati Rayudu was able to put a colossal partnership of 211 runs. As Dhawan and Kohli were dismissed in just 17 overs, the onus was on Rohit Sharma to make a big score.

Ambati Rayudu, Ashley Nurse
Ambati Rayudu. BCCI Twitter.

Rohit Sharma was on song.

Both the right-handers, Rayudu and Rohit took their time in the middle overs. However, Rohit Sharma changed gears after reaching his 21st ODI hundred and Rayudu rode in the topmost gear after scoring his 10th ODI fifty. In fact, India’s vice-captain also went on to score his 7th score of 150 or more runs, which is the most for any batsman.

Meanwhile, the flamboyant right-hander became the first batsman to score a hundred while playing at Brabourne Stadium. Rohit also continued his penchant of scoring daddy hundreds as he took the attack to the opposition. The right-hander scored a fine knock of 162 runs off just 137 balls.

The Mumbai batsman scored 20 fours and four maximums in his blistering knock. However, another 200 was on the cards for Rohit Sharma, but he could not go all the way.

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Rohit Sharma scored his 7th score of 150 in ODI format. Credits: BCCI Twitter

Thus, Rohit was once again able to show his class at the topmost level. In fact, the right-hander had also scored an unbeaten knock of 152 runs in the first match of the series.

On the other hand, Ambati Rayudu was also able to bring his best to the table. Rayudu had scored 73 runs in the second ODI. However, he was able to go all the way in the ongoing fourth match. Rayudu went on to score his third ODI hundred off just 80 balls.

Here is how Twitter reacted to India’s first innings:

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