India beat West Indies in rain hit game

Port-Of-Spain. The second one dayer between India and West Indies was all about which team improves more. India just did what the doctor has ordered by lifting their game several notches up in the rain hit game. West Indies on the other hand also did slightly better but couldn’t match the grit and professionalism of the Indian side.

Batting first, West Indies, at one stage were looking at 270-280 with 192 for 3 at the 40 over mark. Thanks to another middle order collapse they ended with 240 for 9 at the end of 50 overs. Mishra sealed his career best figures with 4 for 31 while Munaf took 3 wickets.

When Shikhar Dhawan was out with just 8 runs on the board in the third over, it seemed that India was up for a top order wobble. But Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli had other plans, they stitched together a second wicket partnership of 120 and took the team to safety.

The Indian chase was on course when rain stopped play in the 22nd over. When the game resumed they were given a revised target of 83 off 90 balls. It was a bit stiff, but Raina and Kohli, who are fresh from the IPL stint smoked a few big hits to see India home.

West Indies strategy faltered yet again. Both their leg spinners where kept out of the attack till the 17th over on a pitch where Amit Mishra ripped apart the Caribbean batting line up. Their poor show in the field continued as they dropped Kohli when he was on 38. He made the West Indians to pay heavily for this let off as he went on to play a match winning of 81.

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