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Kohli Finds Form As India Hit Back

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli's half-century helped India set up a winning score
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India 263-7 (Kohli 62, Raina 62, Dhoni 51no) beat
West Indies 215 (Smith 97) by 48 runs
Second One-Day International, New Delhi

A welcome return to form for batsman Virat Kohli helped India beat the West Indies by 48 runs in the second One-Day International at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.

Both Kohli and Suresh Raina hit 62 before MS Dhoni scored 51 not out as India posted 263 for seven.

Dwayne Smith then hit a run-a-ball 97 only for his side to fall short when they were bowled out for 215, Mohammad Shami picking up four wickets.

The win levels the series at 1-1 with three matches to play; the West Indies won the opening game by 93 runs in Kochi.

The runs from India's key players were much-needed after Shikhar Dhawan (1), Ajinkya Rahane (12) and Ambati Rayudu (32) fell after they had won the toss and chosen to bat first.

Kohli, who endured a miserable recent tour of England, then struck 62 in 78 balls, Raina 62 in 60 and Dhoni 51 in 40 to turn things around for the home side.

This was Kohli's 31st ODI half-century and Raina's 30th and Dhoni was unbeaten at the end to finish the innings strongly.

Jerome Taylor finished with three for 54 and there was a wicket apiece for Ravi Rampaul, Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy as Ravindra Jadeja (6) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (18) were the other batsmen to fall.

The West Indies were for a long time in their run chase looking as if they would go on and chase down their target, particularly when Smith, who hit 11 fours and two sixes, was batting.

He put on 64 with Darren Bravo (26) and 72 with Kieron Pollard, whose 40 came from 50 balls, before he fell to Shami within sight of a maiden ODI century.

After that, the West Indies failed to get back on terms, with Marlon Samuels (16), Denesh Ramdin (3) and Dwayne Bravo (10) unable to make good on the foundations laid by the top order.

Shami removed Smith, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Rampaul (16) to finish with four for 36 and Jadeja atoned for his failure with the bat with three for 44 as the West Indian innings ended after 46.3 overs.

The third game in the series is on Tuesday 14th October in Visakhapatnam.

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