India gains a 1-0 lead with runs from Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Shreyas Iyer
In India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI played at Queen’s Park Oval, Virat Kohli was shining, as he scored his 42nd ton and 8th ODI century. Praises for him are galore for having assessed pitch conditions with precision and putting up a great conversion rate. Additionally, Bhuvneshwar Kumar successfully inhibited the West Indies’ chase for runs.
Scores and Tallies
Virat Kohli: innings: 34; runs: 2032; average: 72.57; 100s or 50s: 8/10
Shreyas Iyer: runs: 71; balls: 68; SR.: 104.4; 4s or 6s: 5/1
For the fourth wicket, Kohli and Iyer added 125 runs to the scoreboard in 19.1 overs
India 279 for 7 (Kohli 120, Iyer 71, Brathwaite 3-53) beat
West Indies 210 (Lewis 65, Pooran 42, Bhuvneshwar 4-31)
India won by 59 runs (DLS method)
With his 42nd century in the format, Virat Kohli spoilt Chris Gayle’s 300thODI celebrations with his and helped India win by 59 runs via the DLS method. As the first game was washed out, in the three-match series, India have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead, with this victory. India went on to score 279 for 7 as Kohli was assisted by Shreyas Iyer, who scored a half-century. The West Indies’ target was, however, reduced due to rains to 270 in 46 overs. At one point, with only 71 balls in hand, they needed 91 runs. This was before they slipped down gradually from 179 for 4 to 182 for 8. Picking up three out of four wickets, Bhuvneshwar Kumar – the great wrecker – effectively sealed the game finishing with figures of 4 for 31.
Kohli ended his relative drought with 120 off 125 balls after failing to convert five 50-plus scores into a hundred at the World Cup. He even surpassed Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 11,363 ODI runs during his knock. Among the Indians, only Sachin Tendulkar who has 18,426 runs has more ODI runs than Kohli who is currently at 11,406.
With 71 off 68Iyer managed to leverage his first innings on the tour. He found several singles and boundaries at regular intervals and played the perfect foil to Kohli as the duo finally added 125 runs in 115 balls across the 4th wicket.
India had got enough by then even as West Indies conceded only 67 from the last ten overs.
After winning his fifth successive toss on this tour, on a humid day, Kohli had opted to bat first. Yet, India did not get a good start. In the first over of the innings, Shikhar Dhawan fell to Sheldon Cottrell’s delivery. Before coming in off the seam, the ball seemed to be swinging away and trapped the batsman at LBW. Until his 11th delivery Rohit Sharma struggled to get off the mark. In the end, it was Kohli who always ensured that the runs on the scoreboard rose. Kohli drove Kemar Roach for four through extra cover, in the second ball he faced. Roach’s next delivery similar to the previous one was wristily flicked across to deep-midwicket boundary. Kohli scored many on the leg side when the West Indies pacers bowled straight.
While Rohit did not get going at the other end, Kohli reached his fifty with a four to the third man. Next, he sliced Roston Chase towards the cover, in an attempt to break the shackles. But an alert Nicholas Pooran ran backward to complete the catch over his shoulder.
Rishabh Pant hit some fours as he continued at no. 4 in the batting line up. There was a beautiful cut behind square and a whip through the midwicket. But when he failed to connect a pull off Carlos Brathwaite, he was bowled for 20 off 35. Especially Chase and the West Indies applied the brakes on the scoring rate with those two wickets. For his ten overs, Chase bowled unchanged and finished with 1 for 37.
Putting away anything loose for four, Kohli kept collecting runs with a nudge for a one and push for two runs. Finally, he came over to 89 with a majestic six off Jason Holder over long-off. Kohli brought up his hundred four overs later off 112 balls. It was very humid and draining. A tired shot in the 42nd over brought an end to his knock. Brathwaite’s slower ball was mistimed and landed straight into Roach’s hands at long-off.
A drizzle halted play in the 43rd over for about 25 minutes. When Iyer and Kedar Jadhav returned, they took the side to 250 in the 45th over and India’s acceleration stopped there.
West Indies had to still, pull off a highly successful chase, to win at the venue. From the West, IndiesGayle became the leading ODI run-scorer. He went past Brian Lara’s tally of 10,405 runs, which also includes scores for ICC combined teams. Gayle did score a four off Khaleel Ahmed, but with Bhuvneshwar’s delivery, he was out for LBW soon after. Shai Hope came in next but did not last long against Khaleel Ahmed who chopped onto his stumps.
Nature intervened again in the form of rain in the 13th over of the chase. There was a forced reduction of four overs and ten runs were taken off the target.
Before the break, Lewis had struck four fours and pulled a six off Bhuvneshwar. When he resumed, he scored another boundary as he swept a four off Kuldeep Yadav. Kohli’s magic worked as he got ShimronHetmyer at extra cover, who ended up skying a quicker one.
Lewis brought up his maiden ODI fifty even as he struggled with a calf injury. But after failing to middle a cut shot, he became Kuldeep’s second victim. Kohli plucked a one-handed catch as he leaped in the air. Both Kuldeep and Jadhav, Pooran was severe, even as Chase kept rotating the strike. A slice of luck in the 33rd overcame for Chase when Mohammed Shami could not connect on to a return catch with the batsman on just 10.
But returning for his second spell, Bhuvneshwar, in the same over removed both the batsmen, to push West Indies back. A knuckleball was top-edged to Kohli in front of the square by Pooran and Chase was back at the pavilion, with a brilliant one-handed return catch. In the next overreach chopped one on to his stumps to give Bhuvneshwar, his fourth wicket and Brathwaite fell to Ravindra Jadeja. West Indies were all but out of the game even as Cottrell towards the end, tried to whip up some fireworks.
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