India Rides smoothly On The Back Of Kohli




Virat Kohli - Cricket India

Virat Kohli – Cricket India

The Indian cricket team continued its winning way after a scintillating performance against the West Indies in the 2nd one dayer at Trinidad. Indians dominated the proceedings by pushing the West Indies to the back foot at regular intervals. They were set a modest total of 240 to chase and they accomplished the chase by D/L method with 7 wickets in hand.

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The West Indies proved to be a cropper once again as they failed to shift to the top gear. They rattled out the opening Indian bowling duo to sustain at 50 for no loss at a steady run rate. Mishra got his drift in to get rid of Kirk Edwards who had lost concentration after battling so long at the non strikers end. Then Simmons and Sarwan elongated the innings with great batting but Simmons was tricked by the part timer Yusuf Pathan. Then came in Samuels and he set the pace going and was all ready to get the team total past 250 but suddenly after hitting a six in the over of Yusuf, his ambitious stride forward earned the quick offie his second wicket. This started the dramatic collapse with Pollard not troubling the scorers, Bravo getting out cheaply, and Baugh exited giving Mishra a chance to pick up a hat-trick. Sarwan built his innings steadily and a sorrowful figure emerged when his valiant 50 was up on the scorecard with others falling like a pack of domino in the batting powerplay. Sammy had something to cheer as his little cameo along with Ravi Rampaul made the total look better than in the 1st ODI as they set India 241 to chase.

Ravi Rampaul eluded confidence from his batting to get rid of Shikhar Dhawan early to raise hope for the West Indies. But this was the turn of Virat Kohli to establish himself and settle down to these conditions. Parthiv Patel got his stroke play going with fine leg glances and swift playing making full use of his bottom hand. Rain interruption was frequent and twice it just vanished with the same speed at which it had attacked. But that hardly had any effect on these players as they kept the required run rate in check. After Kohli reached his 50, rain was pouring down heavily and after loss of some overs India had to get 183 in 37 overs. Patel got to his fifty but soon was dismissed and then the captain took the responsibility to play more aggressively as his little 26 was more than enough to win the match and take a crucial 2-0 lead in the series.

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