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WI v IND Report: Rahane and Kuldeep set up India win in ODI

Mon, 26th, Jun 2017 |
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WI v IND Report: Rahane and Kuldeep set up India win in ODI

Ajinkya Rahane's 3rd ODI hundred and fifties from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli helped India post 310/5 before the bowlers kept the West Indian line up to 205/6 to seal a 105 run win in the 2nd ODI at Port of Spain.

Fortunately for the spectators at the Queen's Park Oval, only 7 overs a side were lost to rain which held up the start of play. Jason Holder elected to bowl first upon winning the toss, hoping to exploit the damp conditions. His bowlers did not oblige though. 

Rahane, who had to watch the entire Champions Trophy from the bench started off the more aggressive partner. He and Dhawan picked up from where they had left off on Friday, this time with a higher tempo given the reduced overs. They were helped with inconsistent bowling and hit-me lines. By the time Dhawan departed for 63 in the 19th over, India had racked up 114 for the first wicket. Rahane kept a good strike rate throughout except for when he neared his hundred, finally getting there off 102b in the 34th over. He was dismissed in the same over trying to go for a big hit. By then, he had added 97 with Kohli for the second wicket, setting India up for the big end overs slog. 

Hardik Pandya was promoted to do the job but he fell to the West Indian plan of bowling full and wide outside off. He edged his first ball behind but it turned out to be a no ball. He flashed at a few more and was gone within the end of the over, caught at third man. A slight drizzle too started but not enough for play to be halted. Kohli who was on 44 off 43b then began to accelerate. Yuvraj Singh showed some touch in his brief 14 while Dhoni's connections weren't the best timed in his 13*. Kohli put away bad balls from Cummins, Holder and Joseph to sprint away to 87 (66b, 4x4, 4x6) before a slower ball from Joseph did him in. A horror last over from Holder saw him bowl three no balls (two of them above waist height) which were put away for boundaries and saw him being taken off the attack. Kedar Jadhav managed to put two of them away for boundaries, 22 runs came off it and India raced to 310/5 within the 43 overs. 

Windies lost opener Kieran Powell and Jason Mohammed early in the chase to Bhuvneshwar. Kuldeep Yadav in his first outing for India was patient on his debut after going for runs early. An 89 run partnership between Shai Hope and Evin Lewis for the 3rd wicket raised West Indian hopes, especially with Hope looking very comfortable. The stand was broken by Kuldeep when he tempted Lewis down the track to be stumped. The young left arm spinner got the big wicket of Hope soon to effectively end the Windies chase. R Ashwin trapped a confused Jonathan Carter LBW before Kuldeep returned to end another 42 run blossoming partnership between Holder and Chase, having the Windies captain stumped. He finished with figures of 3/50. 

Chase and Nurse milked the field and saved their wickets to keep the margin of defeat to 105 runs, still India's biggest win against the hosts in West Indies. 

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