India hit back as WI collapse
NEW DELHI, India (CMC):A now-familiar batting implosion derailed West Indies' run chase, as the Caribbean side quickly returned to their old habits in a 48-run defeat to India here yesterday.
In pursuit of 264 for victory in the second one-day international at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, West Indies slumped from 170 for two in the 36th over to 215 all out off 46.3 overs - losing their last eight wickets for just 45 runs.
Opener Dwayne Smith missed out on a maiden ODI hundred with a run-a-ball career-best 97, and it was his dismissal in the 36th over that triggered the fatal slide.
Kieron Pollard, promoted to number three, managed 40 from 50 balls, while Darren Bravo, who opened with Smith, scored 26 from 44 deliveries.
They were the only three batsmen to pass 20, however, as seamer Mohammed Shami (4-36) combined with left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja (3-44) to destroy the innings.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, finding bounce and turn, dried up the scoring in the middle overs and put pressure on the middle order, and his spell of two for 40 from his ten overs proved incisive.
India had earlier posted 263 for seven off their 50 overs, with Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina both striking 62 and captain MS Dhoni rallying the innings at the end with an important unbeaten 51 off 40 balls.
Fast bowler Jerome Taylor picked up three wickets but conceded an expensive 54 runs from his ten overs.
The defeat saw India level the five-match series at 1-1, with the third match carded for Tuesday in Visakhapatnam.
Coming off a clinical performance in Wednesday's first ODI in Kochi, the Windies had hoped for a repeat, but sustaining those lofty standards proved beyond their reach.
They started well, however, reducing India to 74 for three in the 18th over, after the hosts won the toss and opted for first knock.
Taylor got one to come back to Shikhar Dhawan (1) in the second over to hit the left-hander's off-stump with the score on four, and his partner, Ajinkya Rahane, added 46 for the second wicket with Ambati Rayudu (32), before driving medium pacer Darren Sammy's slower ball to Dwayne Bravo at cover, to fall for 12 in the 13th over.
WEST INDIES IN COMMAND
When Rayudu, who faced 54 balls and struck three fours, edged left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn to Sammy at slip in the 18th over, the Windies were in command.
However, Kohli and Raina breathed life into the innings with a fourth-wicket stand of 105, a partnership that set the ground work for India's late rally.
The right-handed Kohli faced 78 balls and struck five fours, while Raina lasted 70 balls and counted five fours, and two sixes.
They eventually fell within 23 balls of each other, Raina holing out to Pollard at long-off off Taylor and Kohli also perishing in the deep, with Samuels taking the catch inches away from the ropes off seamer Ravi Rampaul.
On 196 for five in the 41st over, India needed someone to drive the innings, and Dhoni stepped forward, hitting five fours and a six in shepherding the lower order.
In reply, West Indies got a patient start from Smith and Darren Bravo, the pair putting on 64 off 79 balls - a measured partnership.
Smith's first 11 balls yielded just four runs, but he blossomed well to hit 11 fours and two sixes. Darren Bravo never quite got going, and was bowled off-stump by Mohammed Shami, playing down the wrong line, after counting two fours.
A. Rahane c DJ Bravo b Sammy12S. Dhawan b Taylor1A. Rayudu c Sammy b Benn32V. Kohli c Samuels b Rampaul 62S. Raina c Pollard b Taylor 62+M.S. Dhoni not out 51R. Jadeja b Taylor 6B. Kumar c Pollard b DJ Bravo 18M. Shami not out 1Extras (b4, lb1, w13) 18Total (7 wkts, 50 overs) 263
Did not bat: A Mishra, U Yadav.
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-50, 3-74, 4-179, 5-196, 6-219, 7-248.
Bowling: Rampaul 8-0-47-1 (w2), Taylor 10-0-54-3 (w2), Benn 10-0-47-1 (w1), DJ Bravo 8-0-51-1 (1w), Sammy 4-0-14-1, Samuels 5-1-21-0, Russell 3-0-14-0 (w2), Pollard 2-0-10-0.
D. Smith b Mohammed Shami 97D.M. Bravo b Mohammed Shami 26K. Pollard b Mishra 40M. Samuels c Kohli b Yadav 16+D. Ramdin c Raina b Mishra 3
D.J. Bravo c Dhawan b Mohammed Sham i10
A. Russell st Dhoni b Jadeja 4D. Sammy b Jadeja 1R. Rampaul c & b Mohammed Shami 16J. Taylor c Kumar b Jadeja 0S. Benn not out 0Extras (lb1, w1) 2Total (all out, 46.3 overs) 215
Fall of wickets: 1-64, 2-136, 3-170, 4-183, 5-189, 6-195, 7-199, 8-199, 9-201, 10-215.
Bowling: Kumar 7-0-32-0, Yadav 9 9-0-42-1, Mohammed Shami 9.3-0-36-4, Jadeja 9-0-44-3 (w1), Mishra 10-2-40-2, Kohli 2-0-20-0.
Result: India won by 48 runs.
Series: Five-match series level 1-1.
Man-of-the-Match: Mohammed Shami.