Bumrah, Bhuvi back, Shami dropped for last 3 ODIs vs West Indies

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At a venue set amidst picturesque hills, Kohli reached the mark when he played Ashley Nurse for a single in the 37th over of the second ODI against the West Indies.

When veteran Marlon Samuels was upended by one from Kuldeep and bowled for 13 two overs later, West Indies were losing their way but Hetmyer arrived to stun the Indians for the second straight game.

He put on 139 runs for third wicket with Ambati Rayudu, who made 73.

"If I were you, I would visit the bookstore and pick up the Oxford dictionary", Shastri had said after a Kohli century guided India to victory over South Africa in February.

The tie was the second in ODIs between the two teams following the low-scoring thriller in Perth, almost three decades ago.

Save the one dropped catch by West Indies skipper Jason Holder who ran backwards from mid-off, Kohli looked untroubled throughout and seemed to be satisfied with the way his partner at the other end, Rayudu, was batting. He hit 8 fours and 3 sixes in his match-winning knock.

"The way (the) two teams played it was a fair result", Kohli added.

That India eventually set the visitors a target of 322 was only due to Kohli's brilliance, as conditions and the quality of opposition bowling don't seem to matter to him anymore.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav claimed three wickets in what turned out to be the second tied game between the two sides. Nurse was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with his figures of 2-46. It is possible that Shami has been rested as part of the team's rotational policy.

Though he was insisting that he has not lost his passion in the sport for playing at global level in any form, the 35-year-old who is still who is still considered one of the top-most-player of T-20 all-rounders, claims he will now focus on the T20 club cricket.

Kohli needed only another 22 balls to reach 150 as India plundered 100 runs off the last 10 overs.

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