At Visakhapatnam, December 2, 2011 (day/night). India won by five wickets. Toss: India.
Kohli and Sharma wrested the game away from West Indies with a 163-run partnership under cloudy skies, on a pitch that had more bounce than is usual on the subcontinent. Kohli was dropped by Ramdin on 24 when he feathered a pull off Russell down the leg side, and might have been caught on 40 when Samuels spilled a tough return chance. But he went on to his eighth one-day hundred and, by the time Rampaul removed him for 117, India needed only 23 from five overs. Raina went quickly, but Sharma finished the job. West Indies' innings had been built around two contrasting half-centuries. Simmons held it together while those around him succumbed to out-swing and seam movement from Yadav and Vinay Kumar but, when he was ninth out at 170, a thrashing seemed imminent. Instead, Rampaul - boasting a one-day average of nine and a previous best of 26 not out - clouted the ball with immense power on his way to an unbeaten 86 in 66 balls, including six sixes. It was the highest score by a No. 10 in one-day internationals, and he added 99 with Roach, the third- best for the last wicket. But it still wasn't enough.
Man of the Match: V. Kohli.
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