Kohli struck his 43rd ODI ton to help India chase down 255.
Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, for the second time in consecutive games, played key roles in India's win as they helped the side clinch the third and final ODI by six wickets by DLS method in Trinidad on Wednesday (August 14) With the win, India also bagged the series 2-0 after the first game was washed out in Guyana. A three-hour rain delay reduced the contest to 35-overs-per-side as West Indies posted 240 for 7 on the back of Chris Gayle's 41-ball 72. Kohli made unbeaten 114 while Iyer made 65 as India polished off the revised target of 255 in 32.3 overs.
When the duo joined hands at 92 for 3, India were still some distance away and needed to score at more than seven runs an over. Rohit Sharma's early run out dented India after a brisk start but Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli got the chase going with a 66-run stand for the second wicket. However, both Dhawan and Rishabh Pant fell in the 13th over - to Fabian Allen - to bring West Indies back in the game. The left-arm spinner tied both Kohli and Iyer down for a while and helped West Indies edge ahead as the rate climbed over eight.
Then came the release in the 19th over - courtesy Iyer - as two hits changed the game. Iyer slammed Allen over his head and then slapped the next one over square leg to ease some pressure. Roston Chase's next over fetched India nine more as both Kohli and Iyer found their groove. There was no stopping the duo from there on as they had hit the spinners out of the attack on a helpful track. Kohli got his half-century off 48 balls while Iyer got the landmark in 33 deliveries. India raced to 190 for 3 - leaving just 65 for the last ten overs. Things, however, could have been vastly different had Shai Hope not dropped a simple caught behind chance when Kohli was on 11.
Earlier in the day, a Gayle blitzkrieg at the start set West Indies up nicely to entertain hopes of levelling the series. In between the two rain interruptions, there was plenty of entertainment for the West Indies fans as Gayle and Evin Lewis hammered 114 in the powerplay before persistent rain led to a frustrating wait.
Speculations were ripe about Gayle's retirement as he walked off to a standing ovation from the fans, the Indian players and the West Indies players after his entertaining stay that helped the hosts surge ahead after opting to bat. The first rain interruption came in after just 1.3 overs and yet there was no shortage of action in those nine balls. Bhuvneshwar Kumar started with a maiden but a Mohammed Shami free-hit was dispatched by Gayle for a six in the second over.
When play resumed, Lewis and Gayle collaborated to toy with the Indian bowling as Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Khaleel Ahmed were tonked around the park. Gayle raced to his half-century - off 30 balls - as West Indies crossed the 100-run mark in the tenth over. Lewis, though, got carried away and tried to match Gayle without proper execution. Trying to slog a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery, he mistimed the ball to Dhawan at long-on.
Five balls later, Gayle slapped at Khaleel delivery to Kohli at mid-off as West Indies found themselves in a fairly strong position at 121 for 2 in 11.4 overs. The next 62 balls resulted in 37 runs as Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer tried to build on the bullish start with the spinners pulling things back for India.
West Indies were 158 for 2 in 22 overs when the second delay arrived but play did resume at 235pm local time. After resumption, West Indies played out 29 deliveries without a boundary as Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope fell looking for quick runs. Nicolas Pooran propped up the score with some crisp hits - fetching the side 30 off 16 - to set up a challenging total for the visitors.
Brief scores: West Indies 240/7 in 35 overs (Chris Gayle 72; Khaleel Ahmed 3-68) lost to India 256/4 in 32.3 overs (Virat Kohli 114*, Shreyas Iyer 65) by six wickets by DLS method.