India Dodge Rainshowers To Move Into 2-0 Lead

India Dodge Rainshowers To Move Into 2-0 Lead
India Dodge Rainshowers To Move Into 2-0 Lead
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India 183-3 (Kohli 81, Patel 56) beat
West Indies 240-9 (Sarwan 56) by 7 wickets
Second One-Day International, Trinidad

Virat Kohli composed a measured half-century and Amit Mishra took four wickets as India moved to a 2-0 series lead over the West Indies with a seven-wicket Duckworth/Lewis method win in the second One-Day International.

After an improved batting effort had seen the home side post 240 for nine, India reached an adjusted target of 183 for three  well inside 37 overs.

Half-centuries from Ramnaresh Sarwan (56) and Lendl Simmons (53) put the West Indies in a strong position but they failed to capitalise.

Leg-spinner Mishra returned four for 31, removing Kirk Edwards for 28 and then dismissing Dwayne Bravo (8), Kieron Pollard (0) and Carlton Baugh (2).

Munaf Patel (3-35) also put the brakes on the West Indian innings and they always looked short despite the slowness of the pitch.

They struck early with the ball when Shikhar Dhawan cut Ravi Rampaul to Pollard at point for three but a partnership of 120 between Parthiv Patel (56 in 64 balls) and Kohli (81 in 103 balls) kept India on course.

Despite the rain interruptions, they remained well ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis par score and Kohli became the third fastest Indian to reach 2000 ODI runs, reaching his milestone in 53 innings to the 52 managed by both Sourav Ganguly and Navjot Sidhu.

After Patel and Kohli fell to Anthony Martin and Devendra Bishoo respectively, Suresh Raina, unbeaten on 26, and Subramaniam Badrinath, on seven, steered India to victory.

The third match in the five-match series is on 11th June in Antigua.

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