Written by Staff Writer
12 Oct, 2014 | 10:16 am
India levelled the one-day international series with a 48-run victory over West Indies in Delhi.
The tourists appeared on course to chase down a modest victory target of 264 in the second ODI thanks to Dwayne Smith’s run-a-ball 97, but the opener’s dismissal proved something of a turning point.
From 170-2 in the 36th over, the Windies’ fortunes changed sharply as they lost their last eight wickets for just 45 runs, with Mohammed Shami the pick of the bowlers with career best ODI figures of 4-36.
Earlier, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli each scored 62 while India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 51 from 40 balls lifted the hosts to 263 for seven.
After winning the toss, India lost both openers cheaply, with Shikhar Dhawan bowled between bat and pad in the second over by Jerome Taylor, while Ajinkya Rahane contributed just 12 from 28 balls before slapping a slower ball from Darren Sammy straight to cover.
Kohli settled into his stride, alongside Ambati Rayudu, with three fours in as many balls but Rayudu was out shortly afterwards for 32 after edging Sulieman Benn to slip.
Kohli and Raina kept the Windies fielders on their toes by alternating the strike to keep the run rate ticking over, although the latter was given a life when he was dropped by Dwayne Bravo at cover off Marlon Samuels.
He made the Windies pay for that drop by quickly moving through the gears and he brought up his run-a-ball 50, with Kohli following suit soon after.
Raina thumped Ravi Rampaul for six over extra cover but perished in the next over when he carelessly spooned Taylor to deep mid-off, while Kohli also failed to push on as he hit Rampaul straight to Samuels at wide long-off.
Nevertheless they laid the platform for another late cameo from Dhoni, who settled straight into his stride and carried India to a defendable total with his quickfire half-century, which included 15 runs in the final over.
Smith and Darren Bravo put on 64 as the Windies’ chase began in earnest before the latter was bowled by Shami for 26.
But Smith reached his half-century in the 21st over and he and Pollard looked to be taking the game away from India, with the latter clubbing three sixes in his 40 before being bowled by Amit Mishra.
Smith continued to look in fine touch but after the opener hammered Shami for six, the bowler had his revenge by dislodging the opener’s bails with his next delivery.
Despite still being in a decent position, the Windies crumbled. Samuels departed for a painstaking 16 off 38 balls by hitting Umesh Yadav to cover and from then on it appeared a procession.
Ravindra Jadeja (three for 44) took two wickets in an over as the Windies crumbled to 215 all out after 46.3 overs.
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