Dominating for most parts of the match, West Indies' wings were clipped by Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra who helped India stage a remarkable comeback. Here are the highlights. (SCORECARD | FIXTURES).
2247 (IST): The third match of the series will be played on 14th of this month at Vizag.
2245 (IST): Dhoni praises his bowlers for a spirited effort. He singles out man of the match Shami for his four wickets. "Shami was able to get the reverse swing which was crucial," he says.
While Dhoni feels Kohli's 62 was crucial and that the knock can help him further improve, the Indian captain is not completely satisfied with the team's performance today. "We won but we could have lost just as easily," he says. "We will have to iron out a few things before the next match.
2238 (IST): Windies skipper Bravo rues batting collapse. "We lost wickets at crucial stages. It is something we need to work on. We need to cope better with pressure," he says at post-match presentation. "India bowled well towards the end, all credit to Mahi and his boys," he adds.
2228 (IST): Jadeja reveals the degree of difficulty faced by India while fielding. "It was hard to grip the ball. The dew made it tough and we had to work extra hard," he says after the match. "It feels amazing to defeat a tough team like West Indies at home," he adds.
2225 (IST): OUT! Match over with Shami picking his fourth and West Indies' final wicket.
2209 (IST): OUT! Jadeja gets his third as Taylor takes the aerial route minus the power. West Indies now a wicket away from defeat.
2207 (IST): West Indies have collapsed from 170/2 to 199/8. This has been excellent bowling from India but the tourists have been guilty of horrendous shot selection as well.
2203 (IST):OUT! West Indies implode as skipper Bravo is the next to go. Shami now has three wickets and the tourists are eight men down.
2201 (IST): OUT! West Indies throwing wickets away. Darren Sammy swings wildly, only to miss the ball completely. Jadeja celebrates his second success in the same over.
2156 (IST):OUT! Andre Russell is stumped off Jadeja's bowling. Excellent work behind the stumps by Dhoni as West Indies' batting clearly crumbling now. Another 69 needed off 47.
2148 (IST): OUT! Mishra gets his second and it is Denesh Ramdin (3) who makes the return journey this time. India slowly but surely getting back into the match and the local fans know it. The decibel levels must be on a record high in the capital.
2137 (IST):OUT! Samuels is removed by Umesh. The batsman looks to smash a short and wide delivery but finds Kohli at cover. He scored 16 off 38. West Indies need 81 from 10.5 and have six wickets to spare.
2134 (IST): SIX! That one goes into orbit and lands deep into the stands. Samuels shows signs of life and how. Mishra can only watch the ball fly past him and down the ground.
2130 (IST): Despite a splendid century in the previous match, Samuels has not been able to score freely today. He has 8 runs from 32 deliveries. Shami, meanwhile, has been absolutely impeccable with his line and length.
2120 (IST):OUT! Smith's wait for an ODI century continues as he is bowled three short of the milestone by Shami. Is this the breakthrough Indians were waiting for?
2113 (IST): Pollard's wicket won't come as much of a respite for India as Samuels comes in. He scored a century in the previous match. (Read: Samuels thanks Llyod, Richards after Kochi ton)
2103 (IST): After 30 overs, West Indies 142/2. India at the same stage were 137/4. Kohli and Raina were in a strong position to push India's innings but it didn't quite happen. Will Windies' tale be any different?
2054 (IST): Kohli brought in to attack West Indies! He scored a fifty today and his good form may extend to bowling as well. Not much in terms of statistics to back his case though as Kohli has only four ODI wickets.
2050 (IST):OUT! Pollard smashes Mishra for a six to race his way into the 40s. The spinner though has the last laugh as he rattles the stump in the same over. West Indies 136/2, 28.5 overs.
2030 (IST): Smith hoists Mishra over deep mid wicket for a massive six. Even Mishra's spin not working out for the hosts currently. Raina is an option for Dhoni. He hit a fifty today and can extend his fine batting form. Meanwhile, West Indies bring up 100 in the 23rd over.
2028 (IST): Both batsmen have appeared quite at ease against India's spin attack. In the first four overs from Ravindra Jadeja, the batsmen have casually dispatched him for 17 runs. Amit Mishra has managed to hit the pads a couple of times but not in a way the umpire would be too perturbed.
2020 (IST): Seventh ODI fifty for Smith! He continues to punish Indian bowlers and has batted maturely so far. At the other end, Pollard has shown early menacing signs.
2005 (IST): Dwayne Smith has 1141 IPL runs at an average of 34.57. He has scored 10 50s in the tournament and is bringing all of that experience in the match today. He has raced his way into 40s.
1952 (IST): Pollard - and not Dwayne Bravo - replaces Darren in the middle. Like India, West Indies too are juggling their lineup. It worked for the hosts with Kohli hitting a half-century at No. 4.
1947 (IST): OUT! Shami strikes and rattles the wicket. Bravo's innings ends on 26 as Indians celebrate.
1936 (IST): West Indies score 45/0 in first ten overs. Earlier, India managed 37 in their first 10. This was the lowest for the team against West Indies since 2001.
1929 (IST): Smith has done bulk of the scoring so far. He has raced into his 20s while Bravo at the other end is providing a support role.
1925 (IST): Dhoni opts to bring in three pacers inside first seven overs. Bhuvneshwar, Umesh and Mohammad Shami get to roll their arms over.
1910 (IST): Smith scored 46 off 45 balls in the previous match. He had the other Bravo - Dwayne - for company in that match. Bravo had scored 17 and has chosen to drop himself in the order today.
1900 (IST):The chase begins...
Dwayne Smith and Darren Bravo open the innings for the tourists. Smith has the experience of playing in India courtesy Indian Premier League. He and Bravo faces off against Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.
18:29 (IST): India finish on 263/7 courtesy Dhoni's 40-ball 51*. Taylor finishes as the best bowler with figures of 3/54.
I feel it's a good score on the board. Wicket looks slow & two paced. We stand a very good chance. What do you say guys? #indvswi- Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) October 11, 2014
18:27 (IST): Fifty for Dhoni! He slams a six and a four to reach the milestone. Did you know? Dhoni is the first number sixth batsman to record 25 innings of fifty-plus in ODIs - a hundred and 24 fifties. Michael Bevan had scored a century and 23 fifties.
18:21 (IST): Breaking - It is confirmed. Lalit Modi removed as Rajasthan Cricket Association president. 23 of 33 districts voted him out. (Full report)
18:20 (IST): OUT! Bhuvneshwar looks for some action but his aerial adventure fails to find the distance. India 248/7 with one over to go.
18:05 (IST): Breaking - Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi may be suspended as Rajasthan Cricket Association chief. Reports suggest RCA looks to make peace with Board of Control for Cricket in India. (Read more here)
18:03 (IST): India's run rate manages to keep its head over 5-an-over mark. Bravo and Taylor ensure that there is no late surge, not yet anyway.
17:55 (IST): OUT! Jadeja's painful struggle ends on 6. He chops a slower delivery onto his stumps as Taylor celebrates his third success of the day.
17:50 (IST): Dhoni and Jadeja fail to find boundaries. After 45 overs, the score is on 219/5. Last four overs have seen just 22 runs.
17:39 (IST): OUT! Kohli's fight ends on 62. He was looking for the maximum but finds Samuels at long off boundary off Rampaul's bowling. Gets the applause from the local fans who also cheer Ravindra Jadeja's entry. India: 196/5, 40.4 overs.
17:34 (IST): End of final batting powerplay. West Indies do well to restrict India in that passage of play with only 29 runs being scored at the cost of a wicket.
If we are going to struggle against the West Indies on Indian soil, I really start to worry about the World Cup.- Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) October 11, 2014
17:23 (IST): Raina's was a confident innings with five fours and two sixes. He paced his innings to perfection and led India out of murky waters. The onus is now on Kohli who has skipper Dhoni for company. India have a perfect launchpad.
17:18 (IST): OUT! Raina's solid knock comes to a sudden end. He spoons the ball to Pollard at deep mid off and Taylor once again celebrates. This wicket means a lot to the tourists especially as Raina put on 105 runs for the fourth wicket with Kohli. This was India's first century stand for the fourth wicket in ODIs since August 2012 - the previous century partnership being 110 between Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary vs Sri Lanka at Pallekele on August 4, 2012.
17:10 (IST): Fifty for Kohli! A wide smile on his face reveals the relief for the batsman. This is his first fifty in nine ODIs. Did you know? Kohli's average of 54.61 is the second highest by an Indian batsmen vs West Indies in ODIs, next only to Rohit Sharma - 823 (ave.54.86) in 20 matches, including nine fifties.(minimum ten innings)
17:07 (IST): Spectators get set for another round of celebration as Kohli takes singles to make his way to 49.
17:03 (IST): FIFTY for Raina! A well measured knock from the batsman - his first milestone since scoring a 100 against England in Cardiff on August 27. His scores in recent ODIs were - 0, 18, DNB, 42 and 100.
16:55 (IST): The strength of the partnership between Raina and Kohli lies in the fact that the two have hit 10 fours between them but have not taken the aerial route even once.
16:42 (IST): Windies have used seven bowlers so far. While Taylor began on a fiery note, the attack has taken a beating since Kohli and Raina combined forces.
16:35 (IST): Kohli averaged 68.40 from 17 matches in 2012 - his best in recent years. In 2014, he averages 47 from 15 matches. That may change slightly as he continues to find boundaries against West Indies.
16:24 (IST): The run-rate has slowly but surely crept up from under four an over to about 4.70. Raina is closing in on the 30-run-mark - a dangerous sign for West Indies.
16:10 (IST): Both Raina and Kohli are looking in their respective zones currently. Both batsmen have managed to find the ball with the middle of their bat.
Slips taken off. Seems like WI have given up on Kohli's widely-discussed 'flawed technique.' This may not end well #IndvsWi- Prakash G (@PrakashG_89) October 11, 2014
16:01 (IST): In terms of ODI innings, 2014 has not been a complete black blotch in Kohli's international career. He scored 123 against New Zealand in Napier in January and followed it up with a a 136 a month later against Bangladesh in Fataullah.
1554 (IST): OUT! Rayudu (32) edges Benn and Sammy makes no mistake as the sole slip fielder. India: 74/3, 17.4
15:46 (IST): Kohli slams three fours! The batsman cuts Benn for a four on the off-side. He follows it up with two wristy shots down the leg side and gets a splendid cheer from spectators.
15:35 (IST): Meanwhile back home -
Wiggle that big toe.. pic.twitter.com/DgJAReWVoE- Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) October 11, 2014
15:29 (IST): A loud cheer from Delhi fans as local boy Virat Kohli walks to the middle. Woefully out of form, today presents a perfect chance for him to please his fans and get back among the runs. "It is a matter of one big knock and it is only a matter of time. God has been kind in the past and there is no point getting frustrated now," he said before the start of play today.
15:27 (IST): OUT! Rahane falls for 12 as he fails to read a slower delivery from Darren Sammy. The batsman is caught at cover by skipper Bravo.
15:18 (IST): West Indies bring in Suleiman Benn's spin. Rayudu and Rahane show they are at ease against the spinners and score seven off his first over. India 37/1 after 10 overs. In the mandatory overs (1-10) this is India's lowest score vs West Indies in the first ten overs since 2001.
15:08 (IST): Even as Taylor bowls his heart out, Rayudu has managed to find some runs. The same however is not true for his partner at the other end. Rahane has played 17 balls but found only three runs so far. India 24/1 after 8.
14:59 (IST): Taylor bowling a fiery line and has managed to trouble both Rayudu and Rahane. The Jamaican is constantly keeping it at around the 140kmph mark and has even found the edge of the bat a couple of times. No success after Dhawan's prized wicker though.
Did you know? Taylor had played just one match for Jamaica before being selected for West Indies debut. He made his first international appearance against Sri Lanka in 2003. In the past though, he has had verbal tiffs with West Indies Cricket Board when his commitment to fitness was questioned. "As far as commitment is concerned towards cricket I don't think my efforts can ever be questioned. If you ask anybody in Jamaica, where I have played my cricket, they will tell you I am somebody who has always shown commitment towards cricket and my development," he had said. (Read full report here)
14:50 (IST): Interestingly, Rayudu recently made news off the field when he took home-made biryani for MS Dhoni and his Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad. The local boy's gesture was appreciated by the team - to an extent where when the players were told not to have the meal in the hotel, they reportedly checked out! (Read)
14:48 (IST): Rayudu finds 2 fours - one edgy though slips, other a confident drive through extra cover. India 13/1 after 3
14:45 (IST): Ambatti Rayudu walks in at No. 3! So, the Indian team has decided to drop out-of-form Virat Kohli down the batting order. Will this move work?
14:42 (IST): OUT! Jerome Taylor strikes in the first over and it is Dhawan who has to return early. He completely failed to read a ball that seamed in just a bit to rattle the stumps.
14:35 (IST): Ravi Rampaul gifts three wides in the first over as Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane make a watchful start.
14:25 (IST): West Indies outplayed India in every department in the previous match to leave the hosts stunned. It was a dramatic performance from the underdogs - one that showed West Indies' players are not mere shadows of the glorious past. (Read: Hoodwinked by their Board, vintage West Indies rob India of win)
Was it a fluke though or can the team once again force India to surrender?
14:16 (IST): Full squads -
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (c), Darren Smith, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Sulieman Benn, Ravi Rampaul, Jerome Taylor. (Toss report)
14:15 (IST):Did you know? If the opening partnership scores 50+ for India, the team has an 85% chance of winning the match. (Based on stats from matches played in Asia since 2011). If Virat Kohli scores 50+, India has a 79% chance of winning. Kohli's form though throws the biggest question - he scored 2 in the previous match.
14:09 (IST): For West Indies, the strategy is simple - don't change a winning combination. The tourists opt to play the same eleven that got them a comprehensive win in Kochi.
14:05 (IST): Is it a good move to play Umesh despite Ishant being available? Ishant has not played a single ODI since January this year while Umesh played the ODIs in England last month. While India is looking to test its pacers ahead of World Cup, who will get the nod and who will rust away in the pavillion. For today, it is Ishant's turn.
14:02 (IST): MS Dhoni has won the toss and will bat first. Umesh Yadav has come into the team ahead of Ishant Sharma after Mohit Sharma.
India remain a massive force on paper but in Kochi West Indies proved that they are not going to be punching bags, at least in the 50-over format. Full of charmers, West Indies' biggest problem has been their consistency. They can go from brilliant to horrible in a matter of overs. But this time, men like Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin seem to be on a mission. The duo scored a match-winning 165 runs for the fourth wicket to make a mockery of Dhoni's bowlers.
The toss can be key. Unlike Kochi, where the balmy weather and overnight rains forced Dhoni to field first after winning the toss, Delhi's clear and sunny weather should simplify decision making. With its formidable batting line-up, Kotla should be a bat-first strip. One-nil down in the five-match series, India are unlikely to experiment with their playing XI. Ishant for Mohit Sharma should be the only change as Dhoni will hope his players strike the perfect balance between bat and ball and back it up with smart fielding.
Interestingly, India have played just one ODI versus West Indies at Kotla. Exactly 25 years ago (October 23, 1989), West Indies had beaten India by 20 runs in a low-scoring match. Two men of that 1989 team are here with Dwayne Bravo's side. Richie Richardson, who had top scored with a 57, is the current manager and speedster Curtly Ambrose, who churned out an economical 7-1-19-0, is the bowling coach.
Dhoni's team also has a connection to that 1989 game. Ravi Shastri, in his new role as team director, batted in the middle-order and scored a 25-ball 20, with a six. He was not asked to bowl his left-arm spins. Interestingly, skipper Vivian Richards destroyed India with a six-wicket haul. For a part-time off-spinner to wreck an Indian line-up that had captain Krish Srikkanth, Raman Lamba, Navjot Sidhu, Mohinder Amarnath, Mohammed Azharuddin and Kapil Dev in its ranks, it means the Indians were just overconfident. Dhoni's team will have to guard against similar indiscretion. The lessons from Kochi must be learnt.