Dhoni And RP Singh Steer India To 188
India 188 (Dhoni 95, Rampaul 4-37, Bravo 3-26) v
Second One-Day International, Jamaica
A remarkable 101-run ninth-wicket stand between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and RP Singh rescued India, enabling them to escape the depths of being 82 for eight and set the West Indies 189 to win the second One-Day International at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
Dhoni, who made 95, and Singh, who hit a career best of 23, were brought together in the 22nd over after a string of Indian batsmen perished to catches behind the wicket but the pair coolly worked the singles and punished the bad balls to frustrate the West Indian attempts to bowl them out cheaply.
Dinesh Karthik (4), Gautam Gambhir (0), Yuvraj Singh (35), Ravi Jadeja (7) and Harbhajan Singh (7) all gave catches to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin, who spilled an edge from Rohit Sharma only for it to be snaffled by Runako Morton at slip as India's top order failed to show the required discipline in the face of some good swing bowling from Jerome Taylor (3-35) and Ravi Rampaul (4-37).
Yuvraj was dropped by Morton early on and Dhoni played the ball into Ramdin's gloves only to be given a reprieve and he was to make full use of both this chance, and two drops when on 32 and 85.
He hit five fours and two big sixes, the other two maximums coming from Yuvraj and RP Singh, whose partnership with Dhoni is India's highest in One-Day Internationals against the West Indies.
Dwayne Bravo finally ended the stand when RP Singh pulled him to Sulieman Benn at midwicket and Dhoni was bowled by Taylor trying to guide the ball into the off side in the penultimate over.
India lead the series 1-0 after they won a high-scoring match by 20 runs at the same venue two days ago.
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