Port of Spain, June 9: India eased to a comfortable victory of 7 wickets with 20 balls remaining in the second one-dayer against the West Indies, to go 2-0 up in the ongoing tour. After the Windies put on 240/9 in their 50 overs, rain reduced the target for India to 183 in 37 overs. But the hosts had no answers to the application and fortitude of Parthiv Patel (56 off 64 balls) and Virat Kohli (81 off 103 balls), who put on a match-snatching 120-run stand, before Kohli and Suresh Raina carried on the chase. In the end, Raina and Rohit Sharma took India home wthout much fuss.
India's innings began in tentative fashion with Windies paceman Ravi Rampaul getting the opening breakthrough early. He had Shikar Dhawan caught for 3 off 4 balls as the score read 8/1 in 2.1 overs. But then new batsman Virat Kohli settled in with a four off the same bowler, before surviving opener Parthiv Patel, struck Darren Sammy for a six. In the 9th over, Kohli went after Rampaul again, smacking him for two boundaries as India climbed 39/1 in 9 overs.
Then Parthiv took a double off Dwayne Bravo in the 11th over to take the visitors to 50/1. The batting duo kept plugging away and even though the boundaries appeared to have parched up momentarily, the run-rate remained healthy: Parthiv and Kohli guided India to 100/1 in 22 overs, as the latter brought up his 50. Then rain intervened for an hour and a half.
When play resumed, India needed just 79 more runs in 14 remaing overs. Almost immediately, Parthiv was dropped by Dwayne Bravo off leg-spinner Anthony Martin and went on to hit a six off the same bowler. But his belligerent innings was brought to an end in the 27th over when Martin had him caught behind for 56 off 64 balls. India's score at that juncture was 128/2 in 26.1 overs.
The new man at the crease Suresh Raina, began his innings in an aggressive manner, smacking Martin for a six and a four in the 29th over. And after he and Kohli scampered a couple more runs, India had reached 150/2. Then Kohli began to get impatient and hit Kieron Pollard for a four before clobbering Devendra Bishoo for a boundary and a six. But Bishoo had the last laugh when he had the batsman snapped up by Pollard at long-off for 81 off 103 balls.
India however, were on the threshold of victory, requiring just 10 more runs off 36 balls. Raina, not out on 26 and Rohit Sharma, batting on 7, performed the last rites on the Windies, taking India to 183 in 33.4 overs.