New Delhi: Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first in the second ODI against the West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The men in blue were comprehensively beaten in the first ODI by 124 runs.
India won by 48 runs
West Indies innings, target 264
Over 46.3 || Score 215
India register an emphatic win in Delhi. Mohammed Shami led the charge with a four-wicket haul, while Jadeja and Mishra contributed with three and two wickets respectively. Umesh Yadav got a wicket too.
Chasing 264 to take a commanding 2-0 up in the series, West Indies succumbed to persistent pressure and good bowling change from the Indian camp. Dhoni utilised six bowlers with Shami topping the charts. He conceded 36 runs for those four wickets. Good effort.
But, during the middle overs, spinners especially Mishra dictated the terms, allowing India to press hard for the win.
Rampaul c & b Shami 16 (13b)
Over 45 || Score 208/9
West Indies imploded after a solid start to the chase. In the last five overs, Indians removed as many as five wickets, those of Ramdin, Russell, Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Jerome Taylor, some to good bowling, some to reckless shot making and one brilliant stumping.
With five overs left in the play, West Indies need another 56 runs but they have one wicket in hand. They collapsed from, 170 for 2 to 201 for 9. Drama all around in Delhi as Indian bowlers suddenly found their rhythm amidst Calypso collapse.
And leading the Indian fightback were two spinners Mishra and Jadeja. Mishra got two wickets at the end of his ten overs quota while Jadeja was rewarded with three from his nine so far.
Taylor c Kumar b Jadeja 0 (3b)
Dwayne Bravo c Dhawan b Shami 10 (15b)
Sammy b Jadeja 1 (3b)
Russell st Dhoni b Jadeja 4 (6b)
Ramdin c Raina b Mishra 3 (7b)
Over 40 || Score 188/4
The match tantalizingly poised after two quick wickets for India. In the space of four overs, Shami and Yadav removed Smith and Samuels respectively and India are right back in contention. First, Shami returned to remove Smith who was playing exceptionally well. In a bid to execute a smart short, Smith ended up playing on, ricocheting the ball into the stumps. Then, Umesh Yadav got lucky, earning Samuels' wicket off a wide delivery.
Smith b Mohammed Shami 97 (97b)
Samuels c Kohli b Yadav 16 (38b)
Over 35 || Score 162/2
India wrested back some initiatives from West Indies in the last five overs by conceding only 20 runs. In the middle of it, Amit Mishra bowled back-to-back maiden overs to keep India in the hunt. The period also witnessed a 14-run over from Virat Kohli. West Indies, riding on Smith's excellent knock, are 102 runs away from victory.
Over 30 || Score 142/2
Desperate measures in desperate hours. Dhoni introduced not-so-regular Virat Kolhi into the attack. Despite the fall of Pollard, who was undone by a Amit Mishra turner, continue to score in a brisk pace. And the worrying part is, the danger man Smith is playing beautifully on 74. West Indies need 122 runs from 20 overs.
Pollard b Mishra 40 (50b)
Amit Mishra stuck to his strengths and reaped the reward with Pollard going for yet another hit. In the penultimate ball of 29th over, Pollard tried to slog-sweep but, the ball castled into the stumps after taking an edge.
Over 25 || Score 111/1
West Indies consolidated their good start with both Smith and Pollard scoring runs with relative ease. They now need another 153 runs from 25 overs. Smith is already on 61 from 68 deliveries, while Pollard is on 24 from 38 balls. For India, Mishra has somewhat controlled the flow of runs, but Dhoni will need more than the containment.
Over 20 || Score 89/1
Despite the fall of Bravo, West Indies continue to press hard and are comfortably placed at 89 after the end of 20 overs play in the second innings. In the last five overs, the West Indian duo of Smith and Pollard has shown some glimpses of Calypso show in hard hitting, the nonchalant way dispatching the ball without any effort. This partnership is blooming.
MS Dhoni introduced both his spinners in Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra but without much success.
Over 15 || Score 67/1
Finally, the opening stand is broken. Thanks to Mohammed Shami. Beauty of a good length delivery uprooted the stumps to send back Darren Bravo. The West Indian opener tried to push the ball for a single but missed the line.
Bravo b Mohammed Shami 26 (44b)
Since then, India have controlled the proceedings, tightening up the bowling. After 15 overs, West Indies still need 197 at a rate of more than five and half. Hard hitting batsman Keiron Pollard is the new batsman and his partner Smith is on 39 from 37.
Over 10 || Score 45/0
West Indies continue to frustrate Indian fielders. Their opening stand is worth now 45 and they need another 219 runs to win the match lead the series 2 nil against the hosts. Dhoni has so far used three bowlers in Bhuvi, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, but none seemed to know to break this stand. For West Indies, Smith is on 26 from 27 balls with the help of three fours, while Bravo is on 19 from 33 deliveries.
Over 5 || Score 19/0
West Indies are off to a good start in response to India's 263. In comparison to India's start, Caribbean openers have so far played sensibly, rotating the start to keep the scorecard ticking. Indian opening bowlers did well to keep the openers quite for some time, but the fifth over, bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar seemed to have broken the shackles. In that over, West Indies added 12 runs, which included a four, three doubles and a couple of singles. Both Darren Bravo and Dwayne Smith are taking no risks at all.
Over 50 || Score 263/7
A quick-fire fifty from skipper MS Dhoni helped India post a respectable total at the small ground of Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. Dhoni punished Jerome Taylor in the final over of the innings, hitting the fast bowler for six and four to make it a 15-over over. Ironically, Taylor returned as the most successful bowler off the eight used by West Indies with his haul of three wickets. Eralier, India lost quick wickets in the form of Bhuvi and Ravindra Jadeja. But Dhoni made his stay worthwhile, remaining unbeaten on 51 off 40 deliveries.
B Kumar c Pollard b Bravo 18 (14b)
Jadeja b Taylor 6 (16b)
Over 45 || Score 219/5
India somehow lost the initiative in the last five overs. Having lost the wicket of Virat Kolhi at the start of the slog-overs, in the fourth ball of the 41st over, India -- with two new batsmen in the centre -- played it safe, could only added 27 runs.
Kohli c Samuels b Rampaul 62 (78b)
Virat, who was on course to make a big score, departed in a bid to increase the scoring rate. He tried to launch one over boundary, but instead ended up offering a simple catch to Samules, off Rampaul.
Over 40 || Score 192/4
In a relatively quite power-play period, India scored 29 runs by losing the wicket of Raina, in the fifth ball of 36th over. Raina tried to play a chasing ball from an awkward position. Pollard took a well-judged catch at deep mid-off.
Raina c Pollard b Taylor 62 (60b)
Thus arrived skipper Dhoni in the centre to give company to Kohli. By the look of his stay so far, Indian skipper is circumspect and playing his shots to the merit of the ball. Kohli, having completed his half-century, is on 59 from 75 balls.
Over 35 || Score 163/3
The story so far has been that of Kohli-Raina partnership. As their partnership approaches 100 run mark, Raina has completed his fifty, while Kohli is one shy of the mini-milestone. Raina, who seemed to slow down his scoring rate, hit a six over deep mid-wicket off Benn. That was second ball of the 32nd over. West Indies responded with a couple of good overs after that 10-run over, but India continued to milk runs taking singles and doubles.
Power-play is due.
Over 31 || Score 143/3
Kohli and Raina put India in a position from where they can launch onslaught in the latter stage of the innings. The duo has added 69 runs from 13.2 overs and both the batsmen are approaching their respective fifties.
For West Indies, they sure did restraint the Indian run-machine in the last five overs, conceding only 24 runs, which also included a maiden over by Marlon Samuels in the 29th over.
Over 24 || Score 116/3
Suresh Raina consolidated his good start. The Indian southpaw has raced to 25 from 20 balls, and his arrival surely helped struggling Virat Kohli. The Delhi star is on 29 from 33 balls. Not bad, considering his current woeful form. Their partnership is now worth 42 runs from 40 balls.
West Indies introduced Andre Russell in the 24th over, and conceded five runs.
Over 20 || Score 82/3
Suresh Raina walked in after the loss of Rayudu's wicket. Benn seems to be causing some problems for Raina. The left-hander won't be deterred by that as he will adopt his usual attacking approach.
Over 18 || Score 75/3
India lost their third wicket, that of Raydu, who looked really solid. Benn got the ball to spin away from Rayudu as he played against the spin. Sammy completed an easy catch in the slip.
Ambati Rayudu c Darren Sammy b Sulieman Benn 32 (54b)
Over 17 || Score 72/2
Back to back boundaries for Kohli off Taylor. On both occasions, the bowler erred by bowling on Kohli's pads, which is his strong zone. The Delhi lad made no mistake in sending the ball to the fence on both occasions.
Over 15 || Score 56/2
The pressure of his poor form is clearly weighing on Kohli. He is yet to get off the mark after facing seven deliveries. On the other hand, Rayudu is trying to free himself and play some aggressive stokes. He is batting on 28 off 46.
Over 13 || Score 50/2
India lost their second wicket as Ajinkya Rahane mistimed a slower ball from Sammy and popped the ball straight into the hands of Bravo in the covers. Virat Kohli is the new man in.
Ajinkya Rahane c Dwayne Bravo b Darren Sammy 12 (28b)
Over 12 || Score 49/1
Extras have been a significant contributor to the Indian score so far. Already 15 conceded by the Windies bowlers. Benn has been guilty of giving away 9 of those since coming on.
Over 10 || Score 37/1
Bravo introduced Benn into the attack. After conceding 5 wides off the first ball, the left-arm spinner bowled a decent first over.
Over 9 || Score 30/1
Rahane finally picks up a boundary for India by dragging a ball from near the off-stump to direct it to the backward square leg region.
Over 8 || Score 24/1
Boundaries still hard to come by for the Indians. Taylor's fourth over cost just 3 runs.
Over 7 || Score 21/1
After picking up 2 runs with a well executed square cut, Rayudu edged a delivery from Taylor to first slip. Fortunately for him, the ball fell just short off the fielder.
Over 5 || Score 16/1
Another tidy over from the West Indians. Ravi Rampaul conceded just one run off his over. He along with Taylor have bowled a fabulous first spell and kept the pressure firmly on the Indians.
Over 4 || Score 15/1
Taylor has been impressive so far. He has not let the Indian batsmen rotate strike. This isn't the easiest pitch to bat on from the looks of it.
Over 2 || Score 5/1
Jerome Taylor got one to slightly nip back in to take out Dhawan's off-stump after finding the gap between bat and pad. Interestingly, Rayudu and not Kohli has come out to bat after the loss of that wicket.
Shikhar Dhawan b Jerome Taylor 1 (9b)
Over 1 || Score 4/0
Ravi Rampaul opened the bowling for the Windies. Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan started very cautiously and opened his account with a single off the fifth bowl.
Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav
West Indies Team
Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Sulieman Benn, Ravi Rampaul, Jerome Taylor
Toss: MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first.
Still licking their wounds after a sound thrashing in the lung opener, India will have to regroup quickly and plug the loopholes when they take on a determined West Indies in the second cricket one-dayer today.
Starting the series as overwhelming favourites, India's inept batting in the first match led to a crushing 124-run defeat against a side, which was threatening to pull-out of the series due to a payment dispute with their parent body and cricketer's union.
The Caribbean players did a commendable job, leaving behind distractions and disappointment of not having atleast their top two players - Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine - in the side.
If Gayle was recovering from a hamstring injury then off-spinner Narine, who had to miss the Champions League T20 final for Kolkata Knight Riders because of being called twice for chucking, was withdrawn from the series to work on his action.
India though will hope to draw level at Feroz Shah Kotla, where pitches have improved off late and a keen contest is on the cards.
However with India's World Cup preparations starting with this series, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be looking to set his combination in order before the team travels Down Under in six weeks time.
The batting slots are more or less fixed even though the side was shot out for a paltry 197 on a belter of a track at Kochi.
The biggest concern is Virat Kohli's prolonged lean patch since the tour of England. Even former skipper Sunil Gavaskar has spoken openly about Kohli's technical flaws but opined that the talented batsman should be dropped down the order to make him get back to his run-making ways.
India's fortunes in this series and their title defence in the upcoming 50-over showpiece event depends a lot on Kohli's form.
The only spot that is not confirmed is that of Ambati Rayudu, who has got a break due to Rohit Sharma's injury.
Rayudu has not exactly set the stage on fire and would like to make best use of the opportunities before a fit-again Rohit is available for selection.
The opening slot is also a matter of concern as Shikhar Dhawan, who was top -scorer in the first match, didn't look convincing with his shot selection. With Murali Vijay in the dressing room and Unmukt Chand waiting in the wings, the team management would expect Dhawan to pull up his socks.
Bowling is also a big worry for India as the hosts conceded 321 runs -- another 300 plus score on home soil in the past one year.
The spinners leaked 142 runs in 22 overs in Kochi and that cost India dearly. The hosts would expect their spinners to do better in home conditions.
While Dhoni did not criticize his bowlers but the spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra performed below-par while Mohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami, who did bag a four-wicket haul, bowled too many loose deliveries.
Ishant Sharma's return will bolster the bowling attack, though it remains to be seen whether Dhoni inducts the lanky pacer into the XI. Sharma has been drafted into the team in place of an injured Mohit Sharma.
It will be interesting to see if chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav is blooded since Dhoni does not believe in too much chopping and changing.
West Indies on the other hand are heavily dependant on senior players like captain Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard.