West Indies was on the verge of its largest ever defeat in a One-Day International with the scorecard reading 77/7 in the 19th over, while chasing a target of 378. Captain Jason Holder, with a fighting 54, led a fightback, but it wasn’t enough as the Caribbean side lost by 224 runs to India – its second worst defeat in the 50-over format after its 257-run loss to South Africa in the 2015 World Cup.
For India, the win at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium – hosting an international match after nine years – was its third largest in terms of runs, just behind its 257-run victory over Bermuda in the 2007 World Cup and a 256-run win over Hong Kong a decade back.
Opener Rohit Sharma’s 137-ball 162 means the Mumbai batsman now has seven scores of 150 plus – two more than the second man on the list, Sachin Tendulkar – and looked to be cruising to a fourth double century before holing out to short third man.
Sharma has hit three of the eight double hundreds in ODI cricket. He was ably supported by Ambati Rayudu, with whom he shared a 211-run stand as the latter raced to an 81-ball 100.
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