Kuldeep, Rahane steer India to comfortable win over West Indies
India 310-5 (Rahane 103) beat
West Indies 205-6 (Hope 81) by 105 runs
Second One-Day International in Trinidad
Ajinkya Rahane scored a fluent century while Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli contributed with 63 and 87 respectively as India went on to post 310 for five in a rain reduced 43 over game and later restricted West Indies to 205 for six to secure a massive 105 run win in the second One-Day International in Trinidad and go 1-0 up in the series.
After the first game was washed out, rain was in store for the second game as well before the officials decided for a 11am start with the game reduced to 43 overs per side.
West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl first once again. Both teams went with unchanged side.
Rahane (103) and Dhawan (63) looked positive in the first powerplay as they smashed eight boundaries and a six between them to take the score to 63 for naught.
Dhawan looked relentless in his attack as he plundered three more boundaries in the 12th over bowled by Alzarri Joseph (2-73). He completed his fifty off 49 deliveries - his sixth score of over 50 in last eight innings.
The 100-run stand between the duo came off the 18th over and just when Dhawan was looking for another big shot, he was stumped off Ashley Nurse (1-38), bringing an end to a 114 run opening stand.
With a boundary in the 20th over, Rahane completed a brilliant fifty and he stepped up the accelerator when he smashed four boundaries and a six in a span of three overs and by the 30th over mark, India were placed 192 for one. Kohli (87) looked solid at the other end, rotating the strike without much of boundary shots.
Rahane brought his third ODI century off 102 deliveries but fell two deliveries later when he was castled by Miguel Cummins (1-57). Even though, India lost Hardik Pandya (4) and Yuvraj Singh (14) in quick succession, Kohli looked at his aggressive best in the end overs and was dealing with sixes as India completed their innings of 43 overs with a score of 310 for five.
West Indies got off to a worst possible start when Kieran Powell (0) and Jason Mohammed (0) was dismissed in the first and third over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-9).
Shai Hope (81) was trying to keep the fight going as he shared a 89 run stand for the third wicket with Evin Lewis (21). He scored five boundaries and three sixes in his 88 ball innings.
Regular fall of wickets pushed the required run rate past 10 after which West Indies never recovered and were kept down to 205 for six in the 43 overs. Kuldeep (3-50) looked impressive on his first outing in ODI cricket as he picked a three wicket haul.
The 105-run win helped India to a 1-0 lead in the five match series with Rahane bagging the player of the match award.
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