Windies level India series

2013-11-24 21:24
Darren Sammy (AFP)

Visakhapatnam - Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons shared an 82-run partnership to give the West Indies a two-wicket victory over India in the second one-day international in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

According to the website, the pair batted together for 12.3 overs and scored at 6.56 per over to leave the tourists on 289 for eight at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.

Unfortunately Simmons would not see out the victory as he was trapped in front of his wickets by all-rounder Ravi Jadeja in 47th over for 62, with the visitors needing 22 runs from the last three overs.

This seemed to spark a tail-end collapse as Jason Holder (7) and Sunil Narine (0) both fell in the 48th over to leave the Windies needing four runs from seven balls with just two wickets remaining.

With three runs needed and all the fielders inside the circle saving the single, Sammy and Veerasammy Permaul were able to negotiate the first three balls of the last over to give them the runs they required. Sammy ended on an unbeaten 63 from 45 balls.

However, much of the hard work had been done upfront with Darren Bravo (50) and Kieran Powell (59) combining to put on a run-a-ball 100-run third-wicket partnership

With Marlon Samuels and Johnson Charles gone cheaply within the first six overs, Bravo struck eight boundaries in his innings before Ravichandran Ashwin broke the partnership when he had Bravo caught behind in the 23rd over.

Powell brought up his fourth one-day international half-century before Ashwin made him his second scalp when he had him stumped with a big-turning delivery.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami picked up two wickets each with Ashwin recording figures of 2-37 from his 10 overs.

The hosts had earlier posted 288 for seven, with Virat Kohli making 99 from 100 deliveries, after being sent in to bat by the visitors who won the toss.

The 25-year-old middle-order batsman played a pivotal role in three successive partnerships that helped build a solid foundation for the hosts. He and Shikar Dhawan added 48 for the second wicket before Dhawan (35) was given out LBW to a Permaul delivery.

Kohli then put on 69 and 65 for the third and fourth wickets with Yuvraj Singh (28) and Suresh Raina (23) respectively.

Needing just a single to reach his 18th one-day international hundred, Kohli got duped into playing a short ball from Rampaul which he failed to control and was caught by Jason Holder at fine leg. Kohli hit nine fours in his innings.

With the situation tailor-made for him, Indian skipper MS Dhoni (51 not out), came in and did what he does best. He smashed four sixes and three fours to bring up his 50th one-day international half-century in a sensational seventh-wicket partnership with Ashwin (19) of 47 runs from just 19 balls.

Rampaul registered figures of 4-60.

The West Indies have now levelled the three match series 1-1, with the third and final match taking place in Kanpur on Wednesday.


India: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina, MS Dhoni (captain/ wicketkeeper), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, MM Sharma

West Indies: KOA Powell, J Charles (wicketkeeper), MN Samuels, DM Bravo, LMP Simmons, DJ Bravo (captain), DJG Sammy, SP Narine, V Permaul, JO Holder, R Rampaul

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