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IND vs WI 2nd ODI: Bowlers Combine To Lead India To Series-equalising Win

By on October 11, 2014

India 263 for 7 (Kohli 62, Raina 62, Dhoni 51*, Taylor 3-54) beat West Indies 215 (Smith 97, Pollard 40, Shami 4-36, Jadeja 3-44) by 48 runs…

The Indian bowlers had a great day at the office at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

India got all their prayers answered as Virat Kohli returned to form in the team’s series-equalising 48-run win against the West Indies in the second game of the five ODI series at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Saturday.

IND vs WI 2nd ODI: Mohammed ShamiThe Indian bowlers, lead by Amit Mishra, put the wind up the tourists in the second half of their chase, eventually bowling them out for 215 in 46.3 overs.

The Caribbean team was cruising towards the target at 136 for 1 in 28.4 overs at one time when Mishra cleaned up Kieron Pollard for 40.

That wicket, in many ways, turned the match on its head. After conceding 22 runs in his first four overs, Mishra transformed himself into an unplayable bowler in his next six overs and finished with figures of 2 for 40, Denesh Ramdin (3) being his second victim following a ball-change due to excess dew in the 41st over.

The legspinner’s dominance could be gauged from the fact he yielded just two runs in his overs from 6-8. The other Indian bowlers also rose to the occasion having conceded 321 in the first ODI at Kochi.

After Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, who replaced the injured Mohit Sharma for this match, sent back Dwayne Smith, who fell three runs short of his maiden ton, and Marlon Samuels (16), Ravindra Jadeja’s two wickets in the 43rd over- those of Andre Russell (4) and Darren Sammy (1) – made it all over bar the shouting for the visitors at 199 for 7 in 43 overs.

The change of ball seemed to do the trick for the home bowlers. Dwayne Bravo (10), Jerome Taylor (0) and Ravi Rampaul (16) perished soon to bring an end to the match. Shami was India’s most successful bowler with 4 for 36 – his second successive four-for – while Jadeja returned 3 for 44.

It was an unbelievable win for the Indians considering their defence of the total started off badly. Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yadav bowled tight spells in the initial overs but except Shami’s wicket of Darren Bravo for 26 after the left-hander and Smith added 64 for the opening stand, nothing happened for them.

When bowlers run out of luck, a team needs it fielders to turn it around but that also didn’t happen as Jadeja missed two direct throws from backward point with Smith being the beneficiary on both occasions early in his innings on 21 and 26.

India’s desperateness to get back into the match could be understood from that fact after Mishra managed to get rid of Pollard after getting some punishment from the Caribbean captain earlier, they brought Kohli on, probably hoping that he would be lucky with his bowling too.

Such quirky decisions have often worked for MS Dhoni in the past but it didn’t work this time as Kohli’s two overs- producing 20 runs without any success – took the match further away from India. It was nothing short of a miracle that the Indian managed to pull off an unlikely win.

Earlier in the day, playing in front of his home fans, Kohli (62 off 78 balls, 8x4s) at last put his poor run with the bat behind as he combined with Suresh Raina (62 off 60 balls) for a fourth-wicket 105-run stand to set up Dhoni’s fifty towards the end of the innings.

Twice in his cricketing career the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium has witnessed Kohli defy the odds. Almost eight years ago, playing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy, the right-hander scored 90 to help his team earn a draw in a tight situation, having dealt with his father’s sudden demise just the previous day.

That innings brought him into the spotlight. On Saturday against the Caribbean team, Kohli was again under pressure, for different reasons though.

Having failed in England – both in ODIs and Tests – and in the first ODI of the series in Kochi, he had begun facing the heat from a demanding Indian public.

A failure at the Kotla would have made the situation even worse but he finally managed to see light at the end of the tunnel. With the Indian team reeling at 74 for 3 on a wicket demanding patience, Kohli was joined by Raina and both set about reviving the innings.

It was not a fluent innings from Kohli though. He took eight balls to get off the mark. The next three balls yielded fours for him but he didn’t get carried away, focussing all his attention on getting a big knock. The two off Rampaul on the leg side that brought him his 32nd fifty evinced a big smile from him.

At last he had done it. It was the first time since February this year that he crossed 50 in ODIs. However, it’s ironical that the only time he sought a maximum he ended up finding Marlon Samuels on the long-off boundary.

Raina’s innings was contrasting in nature to that of Kohli. From the word go, he kept himself busy taking singles and doubles. He also had the rub of the green when Dwayne, at cover, dropped him on 14 off the bowling of Samuels.

Making the most of the reprieve, the left-hander from Gaziabad unleashed five fours and two sixes. Raina perished caught in two minds whether or not go aerial off a Taylor delivery that followed him moving away to leg and Pollard completed a simple catch at deep mid-off.

Raina, Kohli and Jadeja (6) departed in the space of 40 runs as the hosts lost the momentum a bit but Dhoni (51* off 41 balls, 5x4s, 1x6s) stayed till the end, ensuring the good work from Kohli and Raina didn’t go up in flames. Bhuvneshwar (18) played a crucial hand in his seventh-wicket 29-run stand with Dhoni.

The India captain hit Taylor for a six and a four in the last over to complete his 56th fifty. India made 71 runs in the last 10 overs for the loss of three wickets. Taylor finished as the best West Indies bowler with figures of 3 for 54.

India’s start to the game wasn’t ideal after Dhoni decided to bat first. Shikhar Dhawan (1) got a peach of a delivery from Taylor as the ball moved in after pitching and uprooted the left-hander’s offstump.

Ajinkya Rahane (12) went in a soft manner, giving Bravo a simple catch at cover off Sammy while attempting a drive. Ambati Rayudu batted solidly for his 32 but pushed hard at a spinning-away Sulieman Benn delivery bringing Sammy into play at slip.

Source: gocricket

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