Kohli’s hurricane knock helped India put up 321 for six after electing to bat. However, Shimron Hetmyer (94) and Shai Hope (123 not out off 134 balls) put on 143 runs for the fourth wicket to put West Indies In the driving seat Hope hit a four off the last ball to force the tie when the West Indies needed 14 runs in the last over.
When West Indies began the chase, Mohammed Shami gave India an early breakthrough dismissing Kiren Powell. And when Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets it looked like the West Indies was out of the game.
However, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope took the attack to the opposition and scored at a rate of eight per over to bring the visitor back into the match. West Indies looked in control until Yuzvendra Chahal sent Hetmyer back (94 off 64 balls, 4x4, 7x6). Chahal kept the ball slightly wide and Hetmyer, going for a wild heave, skied a catch to Kohli at cover.
Kuldeep came back and accounted for Rovman Powell and then India looked like staging a comeback. But Hope kept his cool and stayed till the end.
Earlier, Kohli fired 157 off 129 balls, while Ambati Rayudu, who is seen as the answer to the team’s persistent problems at the number four slot by none other than the Indian captain himself, made a fluent 73 off 80 deliveries.
Kohli hit 13 boundaries and four sixes. During their stay in the middle, the two were involved in a partnership of 139 runs in 142 balls for the third wicket at the Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, set amidst picturesque hills.
While he acknowledged the fans’ applause by raising his bat after reaching the 10k landmark, the crowd was on its feet again when Kohli creamed Marlon Samuels to the cover boundary to bring up his century, his 37th in this format.
Kohli pulled, cut, flicked and drove in the manner he does best before cutting loose towards the end.
A six down the ground off debutant left-arm pacer Obed McCoy brought up 1,000 runs for him in the calendar year in only 11 innings, again the quickest of all time. He then deposited McCoy over long-on for another maximum and in the next over, smashed Roach for a six and two fours to power his team past 300.
Batting first after winning the toss, India was off to a poor start when Rohit Sharma (4) was dismissed early by Kemar Roach in the fourth over of the day.
After the fall of his opening partner, who like Kohli entered the game on the back of a big hundred in the series-opener, Shikhar Dhawan continued to find the fence a couple of times while playing an upper cut to slice Roach’s short ball outside off for a six over the third man.
However, Ashley Nurse had Dhawan trapped in front of the wicket after a West Indies review went in its favour.
At 40 for two in the ninth over, Rayudu joined his skipper and the two played fluently to keep the run rate healthy.
Save the one dropped catch by West Indies skipper Jason Holder at mid-off, Kohli looked untroubled throughout and seemed to be satisfied with the way his partner at the other end, Rayudu, was batting. Earmarked for the critical number four slot through to the 2019 World Cup, Rayudu reposed his skipper’s faith by compiling a neat innings that contained eight boundaries.