An easy 105-run win for Team India

The Indian bowlers struck at the right times in defence of 310, to help their team win the 2nd ODI against the West Indies by 105 runs and take a 0-1 series lead. A rejigged West Indian batting line-up just didn’t have the firepower necessary to keep scoring at 7.2 runs per over. Shai Hope was the only one who scored at a good clip and played a substantial knock of 81 off 88 balls, though, he had too much to do with the significant lack of support from the rest of the top order.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck twice in his first two overs, removing Kieran Powell and Jason Mohammed for ducks and reducing West Indies to 4/2 inside the first three overs. Hope and Evin Lewis shared an 89-run third wicket partnership to resurrect the innings. And just when these two batsmen wanted to up the ante, debutant Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Lewis with a well-flighted delivery that got Lewis stumped.

Batting at No. 5, Jonathan Carter, like Lewis, struggled for timing and neither could he find the boundary nor rotate the strike. The Indian bowlers did well to bottle one end up and build pressure on Hope. Kuldeep Yadav, who had a good rhythm about his left-arm chinaman, struck for the second time, in the 25th over, with a well-flighted delivery once again. Hope was done in by the flight and dip on him, as he was wrapped on the pads. Team India had to review Chris Gaffaney’s not out decision. On review, Hope was given out.

Hope just had too much to do singlehandedly and once he fell, West Indies lost all hope of getting close to India’s 310/5 and fell short by 105 runs.

Bhuvneshwar was the standout of the Indian bowlers, taking 2/9 in five overs and doing early damage to the West Indian innings. Kuldeep, on debut, took 3/50 and will have gathered plenty of confidence from his nine-over spell. Yuvraj Singh, who the Indian fans have wanted to see bowl since the start of the Champions Trophy 2017, was used as the sixth bowling option by Kohli, and he bowled a decent spell of 5-0-25-0.

Rahane, for scoring his third ODI hundred, was awarded the man-of-the-match. Overall, a good day’s work for India.

Having been put into bat for the second match in a row, the Indian batting line-up produced a dominant display and posted a formidable total of 310/5 in 43 overs. The overs had been reduced due to a delayed start and the conditions were bowler-friendly to start off with. But Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane cashed in on inconsistent bowling from the West Indies with the two new balls, which were sprayed all round the pitch by Alzarri Joseph and captain Jason Holder, and made a fluent beginning to the innings.

Rahane and Dhawan put together their second consecutive 100-run partnership and fifth overall, in 15 innings, providing India yet another solid base on which to build the innings. Dhawan was easily the more fluent and made his second consecutive half-century. He had looked absolutely imperious before Nurse got a ball to grip and turn past the outside edge of Dhawan, who overbalanced and was stumped by Shai Hope for a well-made 63 off 59 balls.

One good partnership was followed by another between Rahane and Virat Kohli. The Mumbai batsman gathered fluency as his innings progressed and started scoring at close to a run a ball. He was given a second life when on 28 and Rahane made the hosts pay for this sloppiness on the field. Rahane went on to score his third ODI century and his first against the West Indies, making a 104-ball 103 (10×4 and 2×6).

Virat Kohli gave the Indian innings the final flourish with sublime strokes in front of the wicket on either side. Some of his strokes were a sight to behold, as his wristy, bottom-handed flicks were on view at the Queen’s Park Oval. He made 87 (66), his innings punctuated by four fours and four sixes. Hardik Pandya, who was promoted ahead of the two veteran middle order batsmen, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni struggled for timing and from India’s perspective, Kohli’s ability to accelerate was vital in taking them to a total past 300.

Four of the West Indian bowlers struggled to get their lines and lengths right—each one of them was either too full or too short—and the in-form Indian batting line-up didn’t miss out on the loose deliveries that were on offer. Ashley Nurse was the only one who managed to keep the batsmen on a tight leash, conceding just 38 runs in his nine overs and dismissing Dhawan with a delivery he can be proud of. Barring Dhawan’s dismissal, every other Indian wicket was a result of the batsmen pretty much getting themselves out in trying to up the ante during the death overs, indicating the lack of penetration in the West Indian bowling attack.


Playing XIs

West Indies: 1. Jason Holder (c), 2. Evin Lewis, 3. Kieran Powell, 4. Roston Chase, 5. Shai Hope (wk), 6. Jonathan Carter, 7. Jason Mohammed, 8. Miguel Cummins, 9. Alzarri Joseph, 10. Ashley Nurse, and 11. Devendra Bishoo

India: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Shikhar Dhawan, 4. Yuvraj Singh/Dinesh Karthik/Rishabh Pant, 5. MS Dhoni (wk), 6. Kedar Jadhav, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Kuldeep Yadav (ODI debut), 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Umesh Yadav, and 11. Ravichandran Ashwin


India 310/5 (Rahane 103 and Kohli 87; Joseph 2/73)
West Indies 205/6 (Hope 81; Kuldeep 3/50 and Bhuvneshwar 2/9)

Indian innings (Toss: West Indies, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Ajinkya Rahane bowled Cummins 103 (104) 10 2 99.03
Shikhar Dhawan Stumped Hope, bowled Nurse 63 (59) 10 0 106.77
Virat Kohli caught Nurse, bowled Joseph 87 (66) 4 4 131.81
Hardik Pandya caught Cummins, bowled Joseph 4 (5) 0 0 80.00
Yuvraj Singh caught Hope, bowled Holder 14 (10) 1 0 140.00
MS Dhoni not out 13 (13) 1 0 100.00
Kedar Jadhav not out 13 (6) 2 0  216.66
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, and Umesh Yadav
Extras: 13(5 no-balls, 4 wides and 4 leg byes)
India’s total: 310/5 in 43 overs, at 7.20 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 114/1 (Dhawan, 18.2), 211/2 (Rahane, 33.6), 223/3 (Pandya, 34.6), 254/4 (Yuvraj, 38.1) and 285/5 (Kohli, 41.2)
West Indies bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken  Economy rate
Alzarri Joseph 8 0 73 2 9.12
Jason Holder 8.5 0 76 1 8.60
Ashley Nurse 9 0 38 1 4.22
Devendra Bishoo 9 0 60 0 6.66
Miguel Cummins 8 0 57 1 7.12
Jonathan Carter 0.1 0 2 0 12.00
West Indies innings (target: 311 runs in 43 overs, at 7.23 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Kieran Powell caught Dhoni, bowled B Kumar 0 (3) 0 0 0.00
Shai Hope leg before wicket Kuldeep 81 (88) 5 3 92.04
Jason Mohammed caught Pandya, bowled B Kumar 0 (8) 0 0 0.00
Evin Lewis stumped Dhoni, bowled Kuldeep 21 (37) 2 0 56.75
Jonathan Carter leg before wicket Ashwin 13 (31) 1 0 41.93
Jason Holder stumped Dhoni, bowled Kuldeep 29 (29) 1 1 100.00
Roston Chase not out 33 (37) 2 0 89.18
Ashley Nurse not out 19 (25) 1 0 76.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Alzarri Joseph, Devendra Bishoo and Miguel Cummins
Extras: 9 (3 wides and 6 leg byes)
WI total: 205/6 in 43 overs, at 4.76 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 0/1 (Powell, 0.3), 4/2 (Mohammed, 2.5), 93/3 (Lewis, 19.6), 112/4 (Hope, 25.3), 132/5 (Carter, 29.2), and 174/6 (Holder, 36.4)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
B Kumar 5 1 9 2 1.80
Umesh Yadav 6 0 36 0 6.00
Hardik Pandya 9 0 32 0 3.55
R Ashwin 9 0 47 1 5.22
Kuldeep Yadav 9 0 50 3 5.55
Yuvraj Singh 5 0 25 0 5.00

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