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Kohli hits 42nd ton as India down West Indies in rain-hit second ODI


India’s captain Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century against West Indies during their 2nd ODI match in Port of Spain on Sunday. Agence France-Presse

Indian captain Virat Kohli ended a run of 10 matches without a century on Sunday, setting the platform for his team’s 59-run (DLS) victory over the West Indies in a rain-hit second One-Day International (ODI) at Queen’s Park Oval.

Kohli went a long way towards justifying his decision to bat first with a typically assertive innings of 120 off 125 deliveries, with 14 fours and four sixes adorning his 42nd ODI hundred as India totalled 279 for seven.

Set a revised target of 270 off 46 overs when rain interrupted play during their chase, West Indies were on course at 179 for four in the 35th over but then crashed to 210 all out with four overs to spare as seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar triggered the slide with figures of four for 31.

Kumar’s first wicket was near the start of the innings when he removed Chris Gayle, the hard-hitting opener falling for just 11 although it was enough to take him past Brian Lara for the most runs in ODI cricket by a West Indian, a record which now stands at 10,409.

It was also Gayle’s 300th ODI, making him the first West Indian to reach that landmark.

Following a no-result from the rain-ruined first ODI in Guyana three days earlier, India will defend an unassailable 1-0 lead going into the final match, also at Queen’s Park Oval, on Wednesday.

Man of the Match Kohli received excellent support from Shreyas Iyer who contributed 71 and featured in a 125-run fourth-wicket stand with his skipper.

As their partnership progressed through the middle overs of the innings a total closer to the 300-run mark seemed inevitable.

However Kohli’s dismissal to Carlos Brathwaite in the 42nd over triggered a mini-collapse and the West Indies retained their discipline through the final overs in conceding 67 runs over the last 10.

Brathwaite was the most successful of the bowlers, finishing with figures of three for 53 off 10 overs.

Sheldon Cottrell got the West Indies off to an excellent start when he trapped Sharma’s opening partner, Shikhar Dhawan, leg-before in his first over, a decision determined by the television official after on-field umpire Nigel Llong turned down the initial appeal.

Kohli’s eighth ODI hundred against the West Indies and second in succession in the Caribbean underlined both his supreme class and ravenous appetite for runs.

Agence France-Presse



S Dhawan lbw b Cottrell    2

R Sharma c Pooran b Chase    18

V Kohli c Roach b Brathwaite    120

R Pant b Brathwaite    20

S Iyer b Holder    71

R Jadeja not out    16

B Kumar c Roach b Brathwaite    1

M Shami not out    3

Total (7 wkts, 50 overs)    279

Bowling: S. Cottrell 10-0-49-1 (2w), K. Roach 7-0-54-0 (1nb, 2w), J. Holder 9-0-53-1 (1w), , R. Chase 10-1-37-1, C. Brathwaite 9-0-53-3 (2w)

West Indies

C Gayle lbw b Kumar    11

E Lewis c Kohli b Yadav    65

S Hope b Ahmed    5

S Hetmyer c Kohli b Yadav    18

N Pooran c Kohli b Kumar    42

R Chase c and b Kumar    18

J Holder not out    13

C Brathwaite c Shami b Jadeja    0

S Cottrell c Jadeja b Shami    17

O Thomas lbw b Shami    0

Total (all out, 42 overs)    210

Bowling: B Kumar 8-0-31-4 (1w), M Shami 8-0-39-2 (2w), K Ahmed 7-0-32-1 (2w), K Yadav 10-0-59-2, R Jadeja 4-0-15-1 (1nb)

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