HIGHLIGHTS IND v WI, 3rd ODI: A big opening stand between Rohit Sharma and K.L. Rahul, Virat Kohli's 85 and a late surge from Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja helped India chase down 316 and win the three-match series against the West Indies 2-1 at the Barabati Stadium here on Sunday. The West Indies seemed to have gained the upper hand after dismissing Kohli late in the game, but Thakur came in and turned the game around with the bat to see the hosts home. India's chase started with yet another strong opening stand between Rahul (77) and Rohit (63). The pair put up 122 runs in just 21.2 overs to put India firmly in the driving seat. SCORECARD
India win by 4 wickets
* India (317/6) beat West Indies (315/5) by 4 wickets in Cuttack to win three-match series 2-1. Kohli 85, Rahul 77
21.43 IST: Paul to Jadeja, NO BALL! Unexpectes scenes at Cuttack as Windies bowlers appeal for run-out but it was a no ball as India seal series 2-1
21.35 IST: Paul to Jadeja, FOUR! Direction-less bouncer as Jadeja pulls it for a boundary as India need 3 run to win now.
21.31 IST: Cottrell to Thakur, SIX! Crazy scenes at Cuttack as Shardul pulls it in the air for a maximum.
21.23 IST: Paul to Thakur, FOUR! Good cover drive from Thakur as India not looking to back down now.
21.20 IST: Paul to Kohli, OUT! Big Big Wicket for Windies as the Indian skipper departs on 85.
21.16 IST: Cottrell to Jadeja, FOUR! What a Shot from Sir Jadeja as he flashes it hard for a boundary.
21.13 IST: Holder to Jadeja, FOUR! Pulls away for a boundary and Windies are in pressure now
21.04 IST: Pierre to Kohli, FOUR! Kohli is in his zone now as he flicks another ball for a boundary in the mid-wicket region.
21.03 IST: Pierre to Kohli, FOUR! Cheeky from Cheeku as he just opens the face of the bat and guides the ball through third man region for four.
21.00 IST: Holder to Jadeja, SIngle, Only five runs from the over as the pressure is now piling up on Indian team.
20.47 IST: Cottrell to Jadeja, FOUR! Straight away opens his account with a boundary.
20.42 IST: Cottrell to Kohli, FOUR! On the pads and Kohli gets another boundary with a flick.
20.40 IST: Joseph to Jadhav, FOUR! Cheeky from Kedar and poor fielding from Jason Holder as India get the second boundary of the over.
20.39 IST: Joseph to Kohli, FOUR! On the pads and Kohli flicks it hard for a boundary.
20.34 IST: Paul to Kohli, FIFTY! Virat Kohli completes his 55th ODI fifty with a single.
20.26 IST: Paul to Pant, OUT! Poor stuff from Pant as he proves once again that he has very less maturity to play at this level, instead of giving the strike to well set Kohli, he was trying to hit the ball on his own.
20.24 IST: Paul to Pant, FOUR! On the pads and four for Rishabh Pant
20.20 IST: Holder to Kohli, FOUR! Straight drive from Kohli and the ball races away from the boundary.
20.13 IST: Paul to Iyer, OUT! In the air and good catch from Joseph at fine leg region to put a stop on Iyer innings.
20.11 IST: Paul to Iyer, FOUR! Toward third man for a boundary as Iyer gets his first four of the innings.
20.07 IST: Joseph to Kohli, FOUR! Back to Back boundaries from King Kohli as this time he slaps it, even more, harder as the ball reaches the boundary fences in a flash.
20.07 IST: Joseph to Kohli, FOUR! Slapped hard through mid-wicket for a boundary by the Indian skipper
19.58 IST: Joseph to Rahul, OUT! Rahul tries to play it fine but gets the glove on the ball as Hope takes an easy catch behind the stumps.
19:51 IST: Joseph to Rahul. SIX! Picked up the line and length perfectly to flick it off his pads for a six over cow corner.
19:50 IST: Another nice little partnership building for India - 32 from 37 deliveries with Rahul inching towards his second consecutive ton in the series.
19:43 IST: Kohli in Cuttack (ODIs): 3(6) vs WI 2011, 22(21) vs SL 2014, 8(5) vs Eng 2017
19.33 IST: Holder to Kohli, FOUR! It was a trademark Virat Kohli's cover drive for a boundary.
19.29 IST: Pierre to Rahul, FOUR! Misfield and boundary as Rahul reaches 61 with that.
19.26 IST: Holder to Rohit, OUT! Edged and taken by the wicketkeeper as Rohit departs on 63
19.22 IST: Pierre to Rohit, FOUR! On the pads and Rohit sweeps it beautifully for four as Pollard looked tensed there.
19.12 IST: Pierre to Rohit, FOUR! Rohit drags the ball in the gap for a boundary in the cover region.
19.09 IST: Joseph to Rohit, FIFTY for HITMAN! Pushes the ball towards midwicket to take a single to complete his 43rd ODI fifty.
19.01 IST: Pierre to Rahul, FIFTY FOR KL! Rahul takes an easy single to completes his fifth ODI half-century.
18.44 IST: Chase to Rahul, FOUR! Cuts away beautifully for four.
18.38 IST: Paul to Rahul, FOUR! Half holey around the stumps and Rahul plays it with pure class.
18.34 IST: Cottrell to Rohit, FOUR! Through the third man region for a boundary.
18.23 IST: Paul to Rahul, FOUR! Misfield from Chase at the midwicket as ball races away for a boundary.
18.18 IST: Holder to Rahul, FOUR! It's a KL special as he transfers his weight on the back foot to punch it into the gap for a boundary.
18.16 IST: Holder to Rohit, FOUR! On the pads and Rohit does what he does best and slams the ball for a boundary
18.09 IST: Holder to Rohit, FOUR! Poor stuff from Holder as Rohit hits another boundary.
18.08 IST: Holder to Rohit, SIX! Exquisite timing from the Hitman as he sends the ball into the crowd over the mid-wicket region.
18.04 IST: Cottrell to Rohit, FOUR! Rohit dances down the ground and hits the ball through covers for a boundary.
18.03 IST: Cottrell to Rohit, FOUR! Poor delivery and Rohit punishes it for a boundary
18.01 IST: Holder to Rahul, FOUR! Glorious timing from Rahul as the ball races away for four.
17.59 IST: Excellent first over from Cottrell
* Welcome back for the chase
17.25 IST: Shami to Pollard, SINGLE! West Indies score 315/5 in 50 overs against India in Cuttack. Pooran 89, Pollard 74*, Saini 2/58
17.21 IST: Shami to Pollard, SIX! Straight down the ground for a maximum as Shami is feeling the pressure now
17.18 IST: Saini to Pollard, SIX! MASSIVE! Pollard means business right now
17.16 IST: Saini to Pollard, FOUR! Skipper completes his 10th half-century with a four.
17.13 IST: Thakur to Pooran, OUT! End of a brilliant knock as Pooran departs
17.10 IST: Thakur to Pooran, SIX! Beauty from Pooran
17.08 IST: Thakur to Pooran, FOUR! Edged and flies over the keeper for a four.
17.03 IST: Shami to Pollard, SIX! The big man drags the ball for a glorious six
17.00 IST: Saini to Pooran, FOUR! Pooran beats the fielder for a boundary.
16.58 IST: Saini to Pooran, FOUR! Rocket of a shot as Saini ducks as ball races away for four.
16.50 IST: Shami to Pooran, FOUR Through Third man for four.
16.44 IST: Kuldeep to Pooran, SIX! Pooran completes his fifty with a massive six.
16.42 IST: Kuldeep to Pollard, SIX Straight down the ground for a maximum by the big man.
16.39 IST: Saini to Pollard, FOUR! Pollard plays it straight for a boundary.
16.25 IST: Thakur to Pooran, SIX! Pooran dances down the ground to slam it for a maximum.
16.15 IST: Kuldeep to Pollard, SIX! Another one from the skipper, this times he lofts the ball over the cover to send it over the ropes for six.
16.13 IST: Kuldeep to Pollard, SIX! HUMONGOUS SIX! Power show from the big man as he slams the ball over the long-on for a maximum.
16.05 IST: Jadeja to Poooran, FOUR! Cuts away for a boundary as Pooran is looking in good touch.
15.52 IST: Jadeja to Pooran, FOUR! Exquisite timing as Pooran reverse-sweeps it for a boundary.
15:47 IST: Saini to Chase. OUT! Toe-crushing yorker from the debutant and Chase departs on 38
15:38 IST: Saini to Hetmyer. OUT! Caught by Kuldeep in the deep
15:28 IST: Thakur to Hetmyer. SIX! Short ball around off and Hetmyer pulled it over square leg. KL Rahul almost pulled off a stunner at the ropes, but failed to balance his speed. The partnership has gone past 50 now.
15:23 IST: Kuldeep to Hetmyer. SIX! Muscled the ball over deep mid-wicket boundary.
15:12 IST: Jadeja to Chase. FOUR! Back foot punch down mid-wicket region for the boundary.
14.58 IST: Shimron Hetmyer is the new man in.
14.55 IST: Shami to Hope, OUT! Beautiful delivery from Shami. He keeps it on the good length and the ball angles in. Hope couldn't adjust with the movement and the ball goes between the bat and the pad.
14.45 IST: Kuldeep to Hope, FOUR! Too full on the occasion and Hope guides it to the sweeper cover.
14.42 IST: Roston Chase is the new batsman.
14.38 IST: Jadeja to Lewis, OUT! Lewis, who had been playing on 21 off 50 deliveries, finally lost his cool and went for a big hit over long-on. However, he mistimed the shot and Navdeep Saini had an easy catch. Lewis c Saini b Jadeja 21 (50)
14.32 IST: Kuldeep to Hope, FOUR! Majestic! Gets down to the pitch of the ball and hammers it straight. The Windies batsman is in exquisite touch!
14.27 IST: Saini to Lewis, 1 run. 50-run partnership between Lewis and Hope. A solid start for the Windies.
14.24 IST: Kuldeep Yadav comes into attack.
14.15 IST: Shami to Lewis, FOUR! A gentle push and the ball sails straight. A boundary to end the 10th over of the innings.
14.10 IST: Saini to Lewis, DROPPED! This could've been Navdeep Saini's first ODI wicket! A tempting delivery outside off, Lewis drove it towards covers, gets a thick outside edge, but Jadeja failed to grab the ball at point.
14.05 IST: Thakur to Hope, FOUR! Cross-seamed delivery but poor line and length. Allows enough room for Hope to adjust his front-foot and drive it towards covers.
14.04 IST: Brutal pace (the last delivery of the over was 148 kph!) but needs to get his line and length right.
14.01 IST: Saini to Lewis, FOUR! Overpitched and enough width on the delivery and Lewis drives it towards cover.
13.59 IST: Saini to Lewis, FOUR! Not exactly the kind of start Saini would've hoped for. His first ball in ODI cricket was dismissed for a four by Lewis, courtesy a delicious straight-drive.
13.48 IST: Shami to Hope, FOUR! This time, Shami goes short but receives the same treatment. Hope pulls it brilliantly towards the square-leg boundary.
13.47 IST: Shami to Hope, FOUR! First four of the innings and Hope is slowly finding his timing. A little full from Shami and Hope opens the full face of the bat and guides it towards the long-off boundary.
13.38 IST: Shami to Lewis, MAIDEN. Good start from both the ends. Shami keeps it on the good length and nearer to the body.
13.36 IST: Mohammed Shami takes the ball from the other end.
13.34 IST: Tight start from Shardul Thakur. Only one run from the over. Initial movement off the pitch for the Indian pacer as well.
13.10 IST: Saini becomes the 229th Indian cricketer to play in ODIs.
13.07 IST: Playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell
13.04 IST: TOSS UPDATE! India have won the toss and opted to bowl. Pacer Navdeep Saini makes his ODI debut.
12.50 IST: We're nearing the toss at Cuttack!
12.46 IST: Navdeep Saini set to make his ODI debut today. The Indian pacer was included in the squad after Deepak Chahar was ruled out with injury. Saini, too, is making a comeback in the side after spending months on the sidelines due to injury.
12.45 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog for the third and final ODI between India and West Indies. With the series level at 1-1, both the teams would aim to finish 2019 on a high. The West Indies haven't won an ODI series against India in India in 17 years, while Virat Kohli's men wouldn't want a second-consecutive home-series loss in ODIs at home.
Brief Preview: After clinching a series-levelling win in Visakhapatnam, Team India will look to end the year on a high when they take on the West Indies in the deciding third ODI at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday. India recovered from a crushing eight-wicket defeat in Chennai and made amends in Vizag to clinch a thumping 107-run victory in the second ODI. FULL PREVIEW