CHENNAI, India (AP) — Manoj Tiwary struck a fine century to help India reach a challenging 267-6 against the West Indies on Sunday in their fifth and final one-day international at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium.
Tiwary retired hurt on 104 with cramps but with Virat Kohli also making a fluent 80, India had put itself in position for another win after taking a decisive 3-1 lead in the series.
A fringe player for over three years, Tiwary slammed 10 fours and a six to long-off off spinner Sunil Narine to make the most of the opportunity in his sixth ODI.
A prolific batsman in first-class cricket but who has never hit a century in any domestic limited overs game,Tiwary got to the three-figure mark with a leg glance off Narine before breaking into a celebration.
He was involved in two useful partnerships, adding 117 runs for the fourth wicket with Kohli after having laid the base along with Gautam Gambhir (31).
Kohli helped consolidate the team's position with an 85-ball knock of 80 in which he hit five fours.
Earlier, Tiwary and Gambhir steadied the innings with an 83-run stand for the third wicket after pace bowler Kemar Roach struck early on with two deliveries that kept low.
Roach trapped Ajinkya Rahane lbw off only the second delivery of the game as the ball came in a little. He then bowled left-hander Parthiv Patel with the very next ball.
Roach finished with 2-46 while leg-spinner Anthony Martin took 2-47.
Gambhir, leading the side as captain Virender Sehwag was rested following his world record score of 219 in the previous game at Indore, struck two fours off 41 balls before he fell to Martin.
India also rested off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and pace bowler Vinay Kumar, bringing in batsmen Tiwary and Rahane along with allrounder Irfan Pathan.
The West Indies replaced Ravi Rampaul and Danza Hyatt with Martin and hard-hitting middle-order batsman Jason Mohammed.
Left-handed batsman Darren Bravo missed a second successive game due to a hamstring injury.