India vs West Indies: Hosts battle to a win
In spite of a spirited Indian bowling attack in the beginnnings, the West Indian batsmen faught back to score a respectable total of 269 runs. (AFP and AP images)
It could have been a close match but for one man. Virat Kohli, supported by Rohit Sharma, took the 2nd ODI in his team's favour. A look at proceedings at Vizag. (AFP and AP images)
Umesh Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he claimed three West Indian wickets - Adrian Barath, Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin.
Indian pacers did the job for the team, for most parts of the innings. Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar reduced the West Indies batting to a paltry 63/5 in 16.1 overs.
The celebration continued as Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Andre Russell (11) to reduce the visitors to 149/8 in 30.5 overs soon after he trapped Windies skipper Darren Sammy (2) LBW a few overs earlier.
Ravichandran Ashwin gave India a crucial breakthrough when he dismissed dangerous Kieron Pollard (35) and broke a steady 56-run sixth wicket partnership between Pollard and Lendl Simmons. Simmons went on to play a crucial innings of 78 of 102 balls before he was run out by Parthiv Patel.
That is when the joy for the hosts came to an abrupt end. Ravi Rampaul came to the middle and whacked his way to a 66-ball 86.
In spite of an aggressive bowling performance by the Indians, the gritty batting from Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard and Ravi Rampaul helped West Indies cross the 250-run mark.
Rampaul managed to topple the highest individual total for a batsman coming in at number 10. He had a partnership of 99* with Kemar Roach (24*). WI posted 269/9 in 50.
The good fortune continued as the bowlers gave Sammy's side a perfect start. Kemar Roach dismissed Parthiv Patel early to send alarm bells ringing.
Gautam Gambhir fell early too and the wicket brought Virat Kohli to the middle.
Sehwag at the other end looked classy, in his own way of course. He made the most of some sloppy West Indies batting.
Kieron Pollard may have stopped the ball this time but West Indies dropped Sehwag's catch twice.
The skies opened up soon after and the match was delayed by close to an hour.
Once the match began, India looked to take the aggressive stance but Sehwag was finally dismissed, Marlon Samuels removing him on 26.
Kohli though had other intentions and a sensible tactic to execute those intentions. Supported by Rohit Sharma, he took the match with his brilliant 117. India won by 5 wickets.