Oct 13 () : India bounced back in the five match ODI series against the West Indies in Delhi winning the second ODI by 48 runs. The teams headed into the third ODI at Vizag tied 1-1.
It was only the 5th time India opted to bat first after winning the toss since the beginning of 2013 as they have been comfortable chasing most of the time. It proved to a good choice as the team put on a fighting total of 263 for the loss of 7 wickets.
Kohli, who has been having a horrid run lately, finally scored a 50 and in the process added 100 runs for the fourth wicket with Raina, a feat which last happened in August 2012 for India in ODI’s. Dhawan who had scored a fifty in the last innings fell cheaply for 1. The early wicket saw Rayudu walking in instead of the out of form Kohli and it proved to be a good move.
Rayudu added 46 runs with Rahane before the latter was dismissed by Sammy for a scratchy 12 off 28 deliveries. Rayudu scored 32 in 54 deliveries but this helped set the base for the later batsmen. Kohli and Raina joined together with the score on 74 and in the next 19 overs added 105 runs. Raina was the aggressor as he used his feet well and scored 62 off just 60 deliveries. He kept scoring freely before falling to Taylor trying to check his shot as he stepped down the pitch.
Kohli fell soon after for an identical score as Rampaul had him caught by Samuel. The scoring rate kept hovering around 4.7 for most of the innings and when Jadeja was dismissed with the score of 219 and only 29 deliveries left, it looked like India would struggle to reach 250.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar added some zing to the innings scoring 18 off 14 deliveries before Dhoni finished the innings with 15 off the last over , adding a 50 to his name as well.
West Indies who have the lowest success rate of chasing more than 250 in the last 10 years, looked intent of improving their winning percentage. The opening pair of Smith and Bravo added 64 in 13 overs before Shami provided the breakthrough. Skipper Bravo surprised everyone by sending Pollard at No 3 and the batsmen proved his mettle as he scored 40 with the help of 3 sixes and added 72 for the second wicket.
Smith, whose highest first class score was 96 before this innings, looked set to score a hundred as he moved to 97 with the help of a six, but was unfortunate to miss out on his maiden hundred, Shami being the spoilsport. At this stage West Indies required 94 runs with 7 wickets in hand in 86 deliveries with the last match centurion Samuels and Ramdin at the crease.
Mishra bowled two consecutive maiden overs which built the pressure as Samuels failed to keep the score board ticking. He was finally dismissed for 16 off 38 deliveries. The wickets then started to fall quickly as Mishra, Jadeja and Shami all found success and from 169 for 2 , the team folded for 215 , an addition of only 46 runs for the last 8 wickets.
Shami walked away with the man of the match award giving away only 36 runs for his 4 wickets.
India vs West Indies Scorecard
|INDIA innings (50 overs maximum)||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|AM Rahane||c DJ Bravo b Sammy||12||59||28||1||0||42.85|
|S Dhawan||b Taylor||1||9||9||0||0||11.11|
|AT Rayudu||c Sammy b Benn||32||72||54||3||0||59.25|
|V Kohli||c Samuels b Rampaul||62||124||78||5||0||79.48|
|SK Raina||c Pollard b Taylor||62||83||60||5||2||103.33|
|MS Dhoni*†||not out||51||66||40||5||1||127.50|
|RA Jadeja||b Taylor||6||21||16||0||0||37.50|
|B Kumar||c Pollard b DJ Bravo||18||20||14||1||0||128.57|
|Mohammed Shami||not out||1||6||1||0||0||100.00|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 1, w 13)||18|
|Total||(7 wickets; 50 overs)||263||(5.26 runs per over)|
|WEST INDIES innings (target: 264 runs from 50 overs)||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|DR Smith||b Mohammed Shami||97||141||97||11||2||100.00|
|DM Bravo||b Mohammed Shami||26||52||44||2||0||59.09|
|KA Pollard||b Mishra||40||58||50||1||3||80.00|
|MN Samuels||c Kohli b Yadav||16||44||38||0||1||42.10|
|D Ramdin†||c Raina b Mishra||3||25||7||0||0||42.85|
|DJ Bravo*||c Dhawan b Mohammed Shami||10||22||15||1||0||66.66|
|AD Russell||st †Dhoni b Jadeja||4||8||6||0||0||66.66|
|DJG Sammy||b Jadeja||1||3||3||0||0||33.33|
|R Rampaul||c & b Mohammed Shami||16||20||13||1||1||123.07|
|JE Taylor||c Kumar b Jadeja||0||6||3||0||0||0.00|
|SJ Benn||not out||0||13||3||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 1)||2|
|Total||(all out; 46.3 overs)||215||(4.62 runs per over)|
Fall of wickets 1-64 (DM Bravo, 13.1 ov), 2-136 (Pollard, 28.5 ov), 3-170 (Smith, 35.4 ov), 4-183 (Samuels, 39.1 ov), 5-189 (Ramdin, 40.2 ov), 6-195 (Russell, 42.1 ov), 7-199 (Sammy, 42.6 ov), 8-199 (DJ Bravo, 43.2 ov), 9-201 (Taylor, 44.2 ov), 10-215 (Rampaul, 46.3 ov)
Scorecard Courtesy: espncricinfo.com