International Cricket

Kohli leads charge as India beat West Indies in 2nd ODI

Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel notched half-centuries as India, given a revised victory target of 183 runs in 37 overs against the West Indies, cruised home in 33.4 overs in the second one-day international at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad, yesterday.

Despite rain interrupting play and the fall Shikar Dhawan’s early wicket, the Indians hardly looked troubled as the diminutive Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli put on 120 runs for the second wicket.

The two were at the crease when rain had stopped play after India were cruising at 100/1 in 22 overs.

The wicket-keeper batsman Patel reached his fifty off 56 balls with the help of 2 sixes and 2 fours.

Kohli’s 14th half-century came off 78 balls and was studded with four hits to the fence.

Chasing a 241-run target, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan (3) early.

Earlier, opting to bowl first, leg-spinner Amit Mishra took 4 wickets for 31 runs to help India restrict West Indies to 240/9 in 50 overs.

Mishra (4-31) was the wrecker-in-chief for India against the hosts and was also on a hat-trick when he clean bowled Carlton Baugh (2) a ball after dismissing Dwayne Bravo (8) in the 44th over.

The leg-spinner also trapped Kieron Pollard (0) LBW soon after the hard-hitting batsman arrived on the crease for naught in the 42nd over – Windies first batting powerplay over.

Pacer Munaf Patel (3-35) also bowled superbly to take three wickets for 35 runs in ten overs. Patel dismissed Ramnaresh Sarwan (56) in the 41st over soon after the batsman scored his 37th ODI fifty.

Sarwan played a steady inning as he took 90 balls for his 56 with just three fours.

Marlon Samuels (36) became Yusuf Pathan’s second victim as the part-timer halted the rapid West Indies charge against India.

Samuels played an aggressive knock of 36 off 32 balls as he smashed a six and three fours and also added a valuable 51-run with Ramnaresh Sarwan. With that Windies put up three consecutive half-century partnerships as they look to level the one-day series after losing the first one by four wickets on Monday.

Yusuf earlier gave India a crucial breakthrough by dismissing Lendl Simmons (53) in the 27th over. Simmons hit two sixes and three fours in his cautious 84-ball inning as he added 67-run for the second wicket with Sarwan to lead the West Indies innings.

Sent in to bat, Windies lost Kirk Edwards (25) after the openers gave them a steady start. Openers Simmons and Edwards started cautiously and added 57 runs before leg-spinner Amit Mishra gave India first breakthrough in 12.1 overs.

Edwards hit a six and three boundaries in his 28-ball knock.

Earlier, India skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and decided to field against West Indies on Wednesday.

Raina chose to bowl citing the fact that teams have generally done better chasing at the Oval. India retained the same team from the first one-dayer.

Windies left out Darren Bravo as part of rotation policy and brought in hard-hitting all-rounder Kieron Pollard for the match.

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