Ind vs WI 2nd ODI: Kohli misses ton, Windies draw level
Darren Sammy's heroics with the bat helped West Indies win their first match on tour, as they defeated India in the 2nd ODI at Visakhapatnam by 2 wickets to level the series 1-1.
The visitors won an important toss and forced India to bat first on an outfield that had witnessed torrential rains just days before the match. West Indies brought in Kieran Powell and Veerasammy Permaul in place of injured Chris Gayle and Narsingh Deonarine respectively; while Jaydev Unadkat made way for Mohit Sharma in the Indian side.
The hosts lost both openers, Rohit Sharma (12) and Shikhar Dhawan (35) inside 15 overs, as Ravi Rampaul (4/60) made early inroads for the Windies. It was Virat Kohli (99) who once again constructed the Indian innings in a crisis situation, but was unlucky to have missed out on a certain ton. His knock of 99 included 9 fours and took him to the top of the ODI batting charts in 2013. Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina failed to convert their starts, but not before building 50-plus partnerships with Kohli in the middle order. India were 203/4 in the 38th over until skipper MS Dhoni's arrival at the crease raised hopes of a huge total. Dhoni struck 3 fours and 4 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 40-ball 51 that took India's tally past the 250-run mark in no time. R Ashwin (19) then chipped in towards the end and India finished with 288/7 in 50 overs.
Defending 289 with a nearly toothless bowling attack was always going to be difficult task for India. The Windies lost two quick wickets for a score of 23, but for another 100 runs they held on firmly. Darren Bravo (50) survived three dropped catches to reach his fifty, which was followed by a half-century from opener Kieran Powell (59). Bravo was finally caught behind off Ashwin's bowling in the 4th chance, which was topped with Powell's dismissal. Lendl Simmons (62) then played an important innings in the middle overs, adding 82 runs for the 6th wicket with Darren Sammy (63*), before he departed to Jadeja. At the end, Sammy struck 4 fours and 4 sixes, guiding his side to a crucial victory with 2 wickets and 3 balls to spare.
With this win, West Indies have kept the 3-match series alive. The decider will be a day game to be played on November 27 at Kanpur.