When the ninth wicket fell for the West Indies with the score on 170, the result all but seemed a formality and India were expected to win at a canter. However, a remarkable 99-run last-wicket stand between Ravi Rampaul and Kemar Roach pushed the score to an extremely competitive 269. Despite early hiccups, India's powerful batting line-up ultimately proved too strong for the inexperienced West Indies bowlers. Here are some interesting stats on the last-wicket stand and other numbers.
The 99-run stand between Rampaul and Roach is the third-highest last-wicket stand in ODIs. It is also the second-highest tenth-wicket stand in which the two batsmen involved were the No.10 and No.11. Of the top five tenth-wicket partnerships, West Indies have been involved in three, while Pakistan have been involved in the other two.
The last-wicket stand lasted 84 balls. This is fourth-highest on the list of most deliveries faced by a tenth-wicket pair in ODIs. The highest is 105 balls, during the 62-run stand between Ajay Jadeja and Javagal Srinath in Sharjah in 2000. The partnership run-rate of 7.07 is also the second-highest for West Indies for all fifty-plus tenth-wicket stands.
Virat Kohli scored his eighth century in ODIs and his second in two matches in Visakhapatnam. In the ODI against Australia last year, he has scored 118 to lead India's successful chase of 290. Kohli has now scored five centuries and averages 56.77 in chases.
R Ashwin went for 74 runs off his ten overs. This is the third-highest number of runs conceded by an India bowler in a completed spell in an ODI against West Indies, after S Sreesanth and Ajit Agarkar, who conceded 79 and 75 runs respectively in Nagpur in 2007. Ashwin, in conceding six sixes, equalled Yuvraj Singh, who also conceded six sixes at The Oval in 2007. Only Dwayne Leverock of Bermuda has conceded more sixes in an innings (eight against India in 2007).
The 163-run stand between Kohli and Rohit Sharma is the second-highest for the fourth wicket for India against West Indies. The highest is 165 between Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh in Colombo, in 2005.
Rohit scored his fifth half-century of the year against West Indies. He has scored 434 runs in ten innings against West Indies at an average of 72.33. Rohit's 90 is his third-highest score in ODIs after his 114 and 101 against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka respectively.
The target of 270 is the second-highest achieved by India in ODIs against West Indies, after the 325 in Ahmedabad in 2002. The win is also India's 11th consecutive win in home ODIs. They were last defeated at home during the World Cup game against South Africa in Nagpur.
Lendl Simmons' 78 is his third-highest score in ODIs and his fourth score in the seventies. He has been dismissed twice in the seventies this year.