Bhubaneswar: The 270 runs target set by West Indies in the Second One Day International of the Airtel India vs West Indies One Day Series which seemed to be a close contest match between the two turned India’s way in courtesy of Kohli’s (117) and Sharma’s unbeaten (90) .
The target was reached by India with 11 balls to spare. India now lead the five match series by 2-0.
West Indies, after being bailed out of deep trouble by Lendl Simmons 78 and Ravi Rampaul’s 86 off 66 balls, took three wickets for 84 runs. Parthiv Patel (2), Virender Sehwag (26) and Gautam Gambhir (12), who fell to a brilliant one-handed catch by Adrian Barath, left early.
Kohli and Sharma then built up the innings with their 163 runs partnership and took the game away from West Indies.
Kohli, hit 14 fours and scored his eighth century in 70 ODIs. Sharma, who guided India’s innings in the first ODI which India won narrowly, was again the hero of the match. He stood upto the short deliveries and played some beautifully timed pull shots. He struck seven fours and two sixes.
Earlier number ten batsman of West indies, Ravi Rampaul was the star for the visitors as he scored an unbeaten 86 in a late frustrating spell of play for India who had been flying high until his arrival to the crease when the score of West Indies was 170/9 in 36 overs.
Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets for India while Ravindra Jadeja and Vinay Kumar picked up two each. Ravichandran Ashwin was the most expensive of the Indian bowlers (1/74) in his ten overs.