Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

India vs West Indies: First ODI abandoned as rain play spoilsport

A file image of Virat Kohli. India Tv India vs West Indies: First ODI abandoned as rain play spoilsport
Stacy Diaz | 27 June, 2017, 08:09

In a match where Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli and Kuldeep Yadav's heroics helped India win, Yuvraj's jersey mishap had all talking.

Kohli said Rahane remained India's preferred back-up opener in limited-overs cricket and offered the team the option of selecting an extra bowler because of his ability to bat in the middle order as well.

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was key for the Indians with three for 50, including the wicket of Hope, while seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed two for nine in an early burst with the new ball. Kohli saw the Mumbai batsman as a "floater" in the side with the ability to open the innings or bat in the middle order as well. Didn't get an opportunity in the Champions Trophy, and I was hungry. Their first total in excess of 350 was against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup encounter in Taunton while their first 400-plus score in ODIs came against Bermuda in the 2007 World Cup encounter in Port of Spain.

"It becomes hard when he bowls cross-seam deliveries turning both ways".

The series which holds huge value for the West Indies especially.

Kohli eventually got 87 runs, with four fours and two sixes in a sizzling effort that nearly yielded another century for the Indian captain. I thought Shai played really well, he showed good intent, and got good support from Evin Lewis.

Dhawan raised his second half-century in three days, in the 14th over of 49 balls, before departing in the 19th over, drawn from his crease by off-spinner Ashley Nurse and stumped.

Speaking to reporters after the team's win, skipper Virat Kohli praised Rahane, saying that he has been part of the ODI set up for long and his presence gives the side the leverage of adding an extra bowler. Kohli put away bad balls from Cummins, Holder and Joseph to sprint away to 87 (66b, 4x4, 4x6) before a slower ball from Joseph did him in.

Kuldeep was handed a debut during the first match in place of Ravindra Jadeja, who didn't have a great Champions Trophy with the ball.

Meanwhile, the third ODI between India and West Indies will be played on Friday, June 30 at Antigua's Sir Vivian Richards stadium.

He conceded 20 runs, bowled three no-balls and had to be pulled out of the attack with one ball left in the innings because two of those no-balls were delivered over waist-high to the batsman on strike.