After the 1st One Day International was washed out due to rain, India and West Indies battled it out against each other in the 2nd ODI on Sunday.
Both teams were unchanged for this match like the 1st ODI. West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first but the rain gods were in no mood to go away. After some hours of heavy showers the covers were finally taken off and played started with overs reduced per side.
In this match, the overs was reduced for 43 overs per side.
The Indian openers Dhawan and Rahane walked out in he middle. Dhawan was in good form. In last 7 ODI matches he has scored 4 fifties and 1 hundred. His hundred came against the Sri Lankans in India’s 2nd match of the ICC Champions Trophy.
Comeback man Ajinkya Rahane too was in full flow, he made good use of this opportunity to play in place of Rohit Sharma.
Dhawan and Rahane started off from where they left in the 1st ODI. Both the Indian openers cashed in the chance to make more runs against the weak and in experienced West Indies bowling attack.
Dhawan and Rahane added their 2nd consecutive 50 and 100 run partnership in West Indies. They also became the 1st Indian openers to smash two fifties in the West Indies.
Dhawan was the first one to go for 63. This 114 run opening stand was ended by Ashely Nurse.
Rahane continued his magic at the other end this with skipper Kohli. Kohli too was in good touch. The 97 run partnership between Kohli and Rahane took the game away from the hosts.
Rahane became just the 2nd opener and 4th Indian overall to score a hundred against West Indies in West Indies. He played well for his 103 runs but he was dismissed very quickly after reaching his milestone.
The move to promote Hardik Pandya didn’t walk for India. Even though he got a second chance he managed only 4 runs.
Yuvraj Singh again disappoints, when India needed some quick runs the South Paw only managed to score 14 runs from 10 balls.
Kohli took the charge of that Indian innings in later stages. His magical batting in last few overs earned him another half century in One Day International Cricket.
Skipper Kohli was looking good, however in need of quick runs he gave his wicket away to Alzarri Joseph for well made 87.
Then MS Dhoni and Kedar Jhadav finished of the Indian innings with some lusty blows. India managed 310 for the loss of 5 wickets in their alloted 43 overs.
Rahane ‘s 103 was the top score for India. He was also well supported by Dhawan’s 63 and Skipper Kohli’s 87.
It was a hard struggle for the Windies bowlers. All the bowlers leaked runs just like the 1st ODI on Friday 23rd June.
West Indies Skipper Jason Holder was the most expensive bowler. He had too be taken out of the attack in the last over because he had already bowled 2 no balls for height.
Alzarri Joseph took two wicket for 73 runs and Ashely Nurse, Miguel Cummins took 1 each wicket. Despite of being the most expensive bowler Jason Holder had picked up 1 wicket to his name.
The chase of 311 runs was the tough one, West Indies needed to start of well but new ball brilliance from Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the wicket of Kieran Powell for 0.
Jason Mohammed too didn’t open his account; he out on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s superb bowling spell in his 2nd over.
It was only the wicket keeper batsman Shai Hope who played the Indian bowlers well. Evin Lewis build up a partnership with Hope but that was not enough to bring back the momentum.
Lewis was also out cheaply for 21 runs. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav got his first wicket in his ODI career.
After the wicket Lewis, Windies fell like a pack of cards. Their man in form batsman Shai Hope was dismissed after scoring his fifty. He was dismissed by Kudeep Yadav for 88.
Ashwin too joined the party by picking the wicket of Jonathan Carter for just 13 and Skipper Jason Holder didn’t bat well his was also dismissed soon by Kuldeep Yadav for 29 runs.
Roston Chase and Ashley Nurse were left a lot do, which was merely impossible for the lower order batsmen.
West Indies only managed 205 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 43 overs.
India won the match by 105 runs and takes the 1-0 lead in the 5 match ODI series.
Kuldeep Yadav got 3 wickets, Bhuvenshwar Kumar got 2 and Ashwin got 1 for India in this innings.
Man of the match was awarded to Ajinkya Rahane for his splendid innings of 103 runs.
Next match – 2nd ODI on 30th June 2017 Friday 6:30 PM