West Indies Level Series With Two-Wicket Win
West Indies 289-8 (Sammy 63no) beat
India 288-7 (Kohli 99) by two wickets
Second One-Day International, Visakhapatnam
The West Indies took full advantage of a poor display with the ball and in the field from India to win the second One-Day International in Visakhapatnam by two wickets.
After Virat Kohli had fallen for 99 in India's score of 288 for seven, the West Indies reached their target with three balls to spare.
India dropped a number of catches and were far from convincing as they failed to defend a competitive score, leaving the series level at 1-1 with one game remaining.
Despite a late flurry of wickets that looked as if they might be taking the game back to India, Darren Sammy held his nerve to remain unbeaten on 63 in 45 balls for the tourists.
Kohli's 99 came from 100 balls and held the Indian innings together after Rohit Sharma (12), Shikhar Dhawan (23), Yuvraj Singh (28) and Suresh Raina (23) fell relatively cheaply, although he did share half-century stands with both Yuvraj and Raina.
At the end of the 40th over, Kohli was caught by Jason Holder off Ravi Rampaul to make the score 209 for five but thanks to Mahendra Singh Dhoni hitting his 50th ODI half-century, scoring 51 not out in 40 balls including three fours and four sixes, India continued to accelerate and finished strongly.
Rampaul ended with figures of four for 60, dismissing Sharma, Kohli, Raina and Ravindra Jadeja (10).
Johnson Charles (12) and Marlon Samuels (9) then fell early but the West Indies recovered as Kieran Powell (59 in 70 balls) and Darren Bravo (50 in 54) both hit half-centuries.
They both fell to Ravichandran Ashwin (2-37) in quick succession, Powell trying to charge the spinner and being stumped to leave the West Indies 147 for four.
When Bhuvneshwar Kumar had Dwayne Bravo caught by Dhawan for 21, the tourists still needed more than 100 to win in less than 15 overs but they managed to turn the game on its head with Lendl Simmons and Sammy putting on 82 for the sixth wicket.
Simmons hit 62 in 74 balls and when he was trapped in front by Jadeja, West Indian chances rested with Sammy.
Despite Holder (7) and Sunil Narine (0) falling to Mohammad Shami (2-55), the former captain held his nerve, hitting the winning runs off Mohit Sharma to finish unbeaten on 63 in 45 balls.
The decisive final game is in Kanpur on 27th November.
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