New Delhi: In a rain affected match, India registered a comfortable victory by seven wickets against West Indies to taking a crucial 2-0 lead in the five One Day International match series. A disciplined Indian bowling attack ensured that WI team was restricted to 240 runs in 50 overs.

Chasing the targets, India were 100 for one wicket in 22 overs, when heavy downpour stopped the game for nearly 90 minutes. The only wicket to fall was of Shikhar Dhawan who was dismissed by Ravi Rampaul after scoring three runs. According to the Duckworth-Lewis method, the score was revised to 183 runs in 37 overs, which meant that Indian has to score 83 runs from 90 deliveries.

A 120 run second wicket partnership between Virat Kohli (81) and Parthiv Patel (56) kept the Indian chase on target. While Antony Martin took Patel’s wicket, Kohli was dismissed by Bishoo. Indian captain Suresh Raina 26 not out and Rohit Sharma with undefeated on seven runs took the team score past the Windies total.

Rampaul, Bishoo and Martin took over wicket each for the WI side, but none of the bowlers could manage to tighten the noose around Indian batsmen. Runs came thick and fast from both ends, and as a result the Indian team secured a convincing win.

Chasing a target of 241, India suffered an early jolt in the form of Shikhar Dhawan in their first ODI match at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad on Thursday.

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Shikhar Dhawan (3) became the first victim of the Caribbean bowlers as he tried to pull a Rampaul’s bouncer, but managed only an edge and Pollard made no mistake. India were 71/1 in 15 overs with Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli on the crease.

Earlier, batting first West Indies set 241 runs target before India.

Amit Mishra’s continued with his form in the second ODI as well, as he gave two back to back jolts to Windies.

The highest scorer for West Indians in the first ODI Ramnaresh Sarwan lost his control on Munaf’s slow ball and gave an easy catch to Yusuf at mid on.

West Indies opener Lendl Simmons (53) departed after hitting a superb half century against India and bolstered his team to cross the hundred runs mark.

Simmons took 76 balls to complete his half ton with the help of three fours and two dazzling sixes in his knock.

After bowling 17.1 overs match was interrupted for 10 minutes due to passing shower. The Covers were on the pitch for a few minutes as the shower passed they were removed and Praveen Kumar resumed his over.

Rain halted the play between India and West Indies.

Spinner Amit Mishra got the first success for India as he scalped the well settled Kirk Edwards (25) with his magnificent leg spin where wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel did not make mistake and took an easy catch.

West Indies opener Lendl Simmons and Kirk Edwards were off to a sluggish start as the openers took the teams total to post 50 runs mark in 11 overs.

Indian skipper Suresh Raina has won the toss and elected to bowl against West Indies in the second ODI match at Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain on Wednesday.

 

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For Team India, inconsistency in batting is the key issue while bowlers have performed exceptionally will in the last game.

Player of the match in first ODI, Rohit Sharma will have to share the responsibility of middle order along with skipper Suresh Raina and S Badrinath.

It is expected that India will field unchanged team while some changes are likely to be made in the West Indies side.

West Indies: 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Kirk Edwards, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Carlton Baugh (wk), 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Anthony Martin, 11 Devendra Bishoo.

India: 1 Parthiv Patel (wk), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 S Badrinath, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Suresh Raina (capt), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Munaf Patel.

(JPN)