Kohli’s ton after 5 months sealed the victory for India against West Indies
India defeated West Indies by 59 runs (DLS) in the rain-curtailed second ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The match witnessed Virat Kohli smash his 67th international hundred and set the record for hitting most ODI hundreds as captain against one team (six, West Indies).
India won the toss and elected to bat first just to witness both the openers to fall cheaply. Dhawan failed to gather form after injury who got out for just 2 runs. After stitching a 74 run partnership with Kohli, Rohit was gone nicking one behind for just 18 runs. While other batsmen were struggling to get going, Kohli just paced his innings beautifully in his own style. Yet another failure for pant who made his way to pavilion for just 20 runs.
Then came Shreyas Iyer with the most promising innings appreciating Virat’s ease of scoring form the other end. These two stitched a gigantic 125 run partnership. Meanwhile, Kohli scored his 42nd ODI century and perished after adding 20 more runs for a teasing delivery from Brathwaite. Iyer completed his half-century but Windies bowlers made their way back into the game and restricted India for just 279 who are threatening to reach 300 at one stage.
Chasing a par total on this ground, Chris Gayle, who is playing his 300th ODI match, fell early but Evan Lewis continued to battle on the other side. Hetmeyer and Hope left him midway but Pooran batted beautifully for his 42 until he was foxed by Bhuvaneshwar. While Lewis leading the team for an easy win, Bhuvi gave a double blow for Windies in one over getting rid of Chase and Lewis. Lewis scored an 80 ball 60 and Bhuvaneshwar took 4 wickets. Kohli was awarded 'Man of the Match.'