India are just one win away from wrapping up the three match ODI series against the West Indies. After rain cancelled the first ODI, India made sure they won the second ODI to take an unassailable series lead. They won the second ODI on 11 August by 59 runs based on the D/L method.
V Kohl Hits 42nd Century
India batted first and were in trouble immediately as S Dhawan departed for just 2 in the first over. V Kohli arrived at the crease with a statement to make given the fact that he hasn’t been at his best for a few months. While R Sharma notched up 5 centuries at the World Cup, Kohli could only get to 5 half centuries.
R Sharma (18) departed next and Kohli looked to build a partnership with R Pant but that did not work out very well as Pant (20) also followed Sharma. Kohli decided to play the anchor role and put together a century run partnership with S Iyer (71). The partnership worked wonders for India as Iyer played freely, scoring at a strike rate in excess of 100.
Kohli got to his 42nd century to overtake S Ganguly (11,363) on the list of list of leading ODI run scorers for India. He still has a way to go to catch up to S Tendulkar who tops the list with 18,426 runs.
While Kohli’s century was brilliant to watch, Iyer’s composure and confidence at the other end was good for Indian cricket. He has both the game and temperament to not only be a permanent fixture in the middle-order but there is every reason to push him up the order to number 4 as Iyer is definitely a better batsman than R Pant.
Kohli praised S Iyer for his innings during his post-match speech saying that he is not only confident but has the right attitude!
B Kumar Takes Four To Seal Victory
All of the bowlers were amongst the wickets but it was B Kumar who impressed the most taking 4 crucial wickets that helped India win the match. He took two wickets in the 35th over to swing the game India’s way. B Kumar took the crucial wickets of C Gayle, N Pooran, R Chase and K Roach to finish with impressive figures of 8-0-31-4.