India won the second match of the Seagrams ODI cricket series against the West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain Sunday after brilliant knocks by Ajinkya Rahane and skipper Virat Kohli.
Rahane smacked 103 and Kohli 87 to take the Indians to 310 for five off 43 overs, after rain led to a delayed start. The West Indies facing this mountainous target lost two wickets within the first three overs and from that point it was always going to be difficult.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Shai Hope tried his best and scored an excellent 81 but it was not enough in the end, as West Indies replied with 205 for six in their 43 overs.
Buvneshwar Kumar the Indian fast bowler bowled wicket to wicket and created problems very early. Of the third ball of the innings he sent back Keiran Powell caught behind for a ‘duck’ and then had Jason Mohammed caught at gully driving in the air, also without scoring.
Hope was joined by Evin Lewis batting down the order and they brought West Indies back into the game with an 89-run partnership of 17 overs. Lewis played second fiddle to Hope, who was timing the ball sweetly. The Barbadian brought up his half century of 65 balls with five fours and then climbed into the attack. He lost Lewis for 21 but stayed the course until he fell leg before to Kuldeep Yadav for 81. His final tally read 88 balls, with five fours and three sixes.
After his dismissal things went further downhill and despite 29 from Jason Holder, Roston Chase 33 not out and Ashley Nurse 19 not out, the West Indies still fell woefully short.
Earlier, Holder won the toss and decided to send India in with moisture evident on the pitch. The West Indies opening bowlers did not use the conditions well and soon the runs were flowing.
Dhawan continued his great form that he showed during the Champions Trophy and took the West Indies attack part. He made batting look very easy and gave Holder endless headache. Dhawan was aided in his effort by poor bowling and recorded his 21st half century of just 49 balls with nine fours. He and Rahane brought up the century mark off 16 overs such was the extent of the damage done to the West Indies. The two continued to give India wonderful starts and it was the sixth time that recorded over 50 runs for the opening association.
The West Indies got a respite with the score at 114 when Ashley Nurse dragged Dhawan down the track with his score at 63. This came after his 87 in the first match and an opening partnership of 132. After his fall, Rahane took over and brought up his half century of 56 balls with five fours and a six.
Kohli was with him and the tempo was kept up. What was a huge plus for the visitors was the fact that they ran brilliantly between the wickets. When the boundaries were not there, the scoreboard kept ticking over. Rahane built his innings beautifully and was always in control of his craft. He timed the ball sweetly and played an audacious cover drive to bring up his third ODI century. He fell in the same over to Miguel Cummins for 103 of 104 balls with 10 fours and two sixes.
When he fell, Kohli stepped on the gas and brought the fans to their feet with some attractive shots all around the park. He got past his half century of 49 balls with two fours and a six and moved on to 87 before he fell towards the end. He used only 66 balls, four of which he slammed over the ropes and another four he sent rolling to the fence.
WI vs India
A Rahane b Cummins 103
S Dhawan st Hope b Nurse 63
V Kohli c Nurse b Joseph 87
H Pandya c Cummins b Joseph 4
Y Singh c Hope b Holder 14
M Dhoni not out 13
K Jadhav not out 13
Extras 4lb, 4w, 5nb 13
Total for 5 wkts (50ovs) 310
Fall of wkts: 114, 211, 223, 254, 285.
Bowling: A Joseph 8-0-73-2, J Holder 8.5-0-76-1, A Nurse 9-0-38-1, D Bishoo 9-0-60-0, M Cummins 8-0-57-1, J Carter 0.1-0-2-0
K Powell c Dhoni b Kumar 0
S Hope lbw Kuldeep 81
J Mohammed c Pandya b Kumar 0
E Lewis st Dhoni b Kuldeep 21
J Carter lbw Ashwin 13
J Holder st Dhoni b Kuldeep 29
R Chase not out 33
A Nurse not out 19
Extras 6lb, 3w 9
Total for 6 wkts (43overs) 205
Fall of wkts: 0, 4, 93, 112, 132, 174.
Bowling: B Kumar 5-1-9-2, U Yadav 6-0-36-0, H Pandya 9-0-32-0, R Ashwin 9-0-47-1, Kuldeep Yadav 9-0-50-3, Y Singh 5-0-25-0.
Result: India won by 105 runs.