Despite that, the India skipper breached another record as the Men in Blue came out on top in another bilateral home series victory.
However, the outcome had virtually been decided long before then, thanks mainly to another inept showing with the bat by the West Indies and a four-wicket haul from spinner Ravindra Jadeja.
With the northeastern monsoon in full cry, the match could well end up shortened as the the weatherman has predicted a brief thunderstorm in the afternoon and late evening. India won by six runs.
Going into the final ODI, with opener Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and skipper Kohli in top form, India will like to keep the momentum into the series decider. Rohit also completed his 37th half-century.
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a beloved figure in the Indian cricket team and on Thursday, he proved yet again why.
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It will be the litmus test for Dhoni, who has been under fire for his continuous poor performances. His partner in crime Kuldeep Yadav, who sits at No. 3, too earned good rewards for scalping nine wickets in the series.
The big news in the batsmen's table was that of Windies batsmen Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer catapulting to No. 25 (up 22 spots) and No.26 (up 31 spots) respectively. They hardly lose or draw any series at home. Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs two wickets to 100 scalps in ODIs.
Jadeja, who turns 30 next month, picked up 4-34 as the West Indies batting line-up capitulated for 104 inside 32 overs after captain Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bat at Thiruvananthapuram.
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The other members of the Windies T20 side who were seen training included Darren Bravo, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Denesh Ramdin and Sherfane Rutherford.