Visakhapatnam, Dec 03: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma steer India to victory as the hosts registered a 5 wicket win against Windies at ACA-VDCA stadium on Friday.
[Scorecard: 2nd ODI; India Vs West Indies, Visakhapatnam]
India were 84/3 after a 44 minute delay due to rain during their reply to Windies' 269/9. Dashing opener Sehwag, was off color as he scored 26 runs before being dismissed by Samuels. In fact Sehwag could have fallen on 1 and 15, thanks to Sammy and Darren Bravo who dropped him allowing him to stay on, but nevertheless, those dropped catches did not help India any better as Sehwag's innings lacked the usual momentum. India having lost the top three batsmen for 84 runs by the end of the 17th over, looked very vulnerable as the sight of defeat was becoming vital.
Then came the two youngsters, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and played methodically to ensure a victory as everyone thought a defeat was on cards. Their partnership of 163 runs for the 4th wicket helped India emerge victorious making it sound easy as they made sure the asking rate was under control.
Windies after posing a good total missed out on a few opportunities which cost them the match. Kohli was on 24, while Ramdin failed to grab the ball and on 40, he survived again while Samuels dropped a return catch giving Kohli ample time to settle down and register his eighth century.
Since Sammy had spread his fielders throughout the ground, batsmen were satisfied with singles and doubles as it hardly provoked them to go for risky shots.
Inspite of the two youngsters keeping an eye on the asking rate, there were a few tense moments as Kohli scored 3 boundaries and Rohit did his bit by scoring two boundaries in a span of 10 balls making the chase easier.
Kohli's knock of 117 came to an end as he tried to smash the ball down the ground, due to a feather edge, the ball went on to Ramdin's gloves. His century knock included 14 hits to the fence.
Soon after Kohli's dismissal, Raina followed suit as he was dismissed by Roach for a duck in the 46th over, while India needed 22 to win off 24 balls. Rohit Sharma played another valuable knock as he scored a six to reach 90 to see India emerge victorious.
Earlier, India elected to field and reduced Windies to 170/9 before Rampaul ensured Windies got a decent score on the board. Ravi Rampaul (86*) is the highest score by a No.10 in ODIs. The partnership of 99 runs between Rampaul and Kemar Roach is the 3rd highest 10th wicket stand, Rampaul's six sixes is the most by a No.10.
Ravi Rampaul scored 86 runs from 66 balls to help Windies regain their momentum after losing quick wickets. Windies were 170/9 during the 36th over as Indian pacers did most of the damage while spinners followed. Opener Lendl Simmons showed stability in the middle scoring 78 but all eyes were on Rampaul who smashed six sixes and six fours.
Indian pacers destroyed the Windies batting line-up early on as wickets tumbled down one after the other. The only hope for Windies to score a decent target was if Lendl Smimons held his ground. Windies were shattered after Simmons dismissal leaving them with a low total of 170/9.
Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons looked to build a strong partnership putting up 56 runs for the 6th wicket. Kieron Pollard (35) hit two back-to-back sixes off Ashwin's bowling, but while defending the next delivery the ball lobs off the pad slightly clipping the bat for a diving catch to Parthiv Patel.
Ravindra Jadeja struck soon after, as he trapped skipper Darren Sammy(2) leg before the wicket and and bowled Andre Russell for 11 runs.
Pacers Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar dismissed Windies top order as Yadav took three wickets while Vinay Kumar claimed two wickets in a single maiden over as Darren Bravo's (13) mistimed shot lofted to mid-on for a simple catch to R Ashwin while Danza Hyatt (0) gets a thin egde to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps.
Umesh Yadav continued destroying the Windies batting line-up claiming his third wicket of Denesh Ramdin (2). Ramdin hits a wide ball, failing to keep it low for easy catch to R jadeja at backward point.
Umesh Yadav struck early to dismiss opener Adrian Barath and later Marlon Samuels. An out-swinger from Umesh Yadav to Adrian Barath (0) managed to get a thick edge to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps. A leading edge from Marlon Samuels(4) went low towards Suresh Raina at third slip for an excellent catch.
Ravi Rampaul's inclusion proved crucial for West Indies in the batting department with an unbeaten 86 runs to help Windies cruise to 269/9 in the second ODI.
With India scoring two consecutive victories, take a lead of 2-0 as they await the next one dayer at Ahmedabad on Monday. Windies blossoming every passing day, it remains to be seen whether India can continue their winning streak.