Kohli's brilliance powers Indians to 2-0 advantage

Kohli's brilliance powers Indians to 2-0 advantage

Kohli's brilliance powers Indians to 2-0 advantage

Virat Kohli walked in in the third over of the Indian innings to a venomous welcome by Ravi Rampaul. The West Indian quick banged one short to hit Kohli on the helmet, and, sensing a chink in the youngster’s armour Rampaul, a few balls later, offered another short-pitched ball. But this time. it was greeted with a thunderous pull over mid-wicket, and Kohli never let the momentum down while successfully anchoring India’s chase of a revised target of 183 off 37 overs.

Spurred by fifties from Kohli (81, 103b, 6x4,1x6) and Parthiv Patel (56, 64b, 2x4, 2x6), India romped home in 33.4 overs for a seven-wicket win and a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Kohli’s self-belief, concentration and the desire to occupy the crease for a longer duration without compromising on the need to score runs was simply remarkable, and none of the West Indians could claim to be in the same league as the 22-year old. Even the experienced campaigners in their ranks like Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels were guilty of either wasting too many balls or perishing to overtly aggressive ways.
There were two rain delays in the Indian innings, which eventually forced the revision of the original target of 241 to 183, but Nature’s interruption hardly seemed to affect the Delhiite. His ability to focus on the job could have made the aforementioned veterans nod in admiration while watching from close quarters.

In fact, the West Indians batted when the pitch was most suitable for batting, and for a while they seemed to be on the right track, reaching 175 for two in the 36th over. The 51-run alliance between Samuels and Sarwan too promised to swell into something more substantial till the former’s yearning to hit everything out of the Queens Park Cricket Club met with a fatal end.

The separation of the partnership set off of a sort of panic in the West Indian ranks as they lost the next four wickets for a mere 22 runs, slumping to 197 for seven. It was not that Amit Mishra was spinning his leg-breaks in Shane Warne proportions, but his subtle variations were enough to put the home side batsmen under pressure. West Indies would have been defending a vastly different total, had one of the batsmen showed as much as coolness as man of the match Kohli.

Kohli also had an equally strong-minded partner in Parthiv, who notched up a well-crafted fifty after a modest outing in the first one-dayer. The 26-year-old left-hander’s innings was an example for how to pace an innings while chasing such tricky targets. The Gujarat batsman played a few spanking shots while helping Kohli realise 120 runs off 24 overs for the second wicket that effectively sealed the match in favour of India.

It was not a brazen innings, but Parthiv guessed the occasion for a big hit to a nicety, like that slog-swept six off leg-spinner Anthony Martin immediately upon the resumption play after a lengthy second rain break. In using power judiciously, Parthiv too showed the West Indians the value of prudence at this level.

Martin managed to get rid of Parthiv, caught by stumper Carlton Baugh down the leg-side, but by then, the Kohli-Parthiv association has the put the match beyond the West Indians. Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma did the rest of the job with no fuss as India taught the West Indies another hard lesson.

 SCORE BOARD

WEST INDIES
Simmons st P Patel b Pathan    53
(84b, 3x4, 2x6)
Edwards c P Patel b Mishra    25
(28b, 3x4, 1x6)
Sarwan c Yusuf b M Patel    56
(90b, 3x4)
Samuels st P Patel b Pathan    36
(32b, 3x4, 1x6)
Bravo c Harbhajan b Mishra    8
(17b)
Pollard lbw Mishra    0
(3b)
Baugh b Mishra    2
(9b)
Sammy (not out)    22
(19b, 1x4, 2x6)
Rampaul c Raina b M Patel    14
(16b, 3x4)
Bishoo c P Patel b M Patel    0
(2b)
Martin (not out)    0
(1b)
Extras (B-1, LB-6, W-16, NB-1)    24
Total (for 9 wkts, 50 overs)    240
Fall of wickets: 1-57 (Edwards), 2-124 (Simmons), 3-175 (Samuels), 4-192 (Sarwan), 5-192 (Pollard), 6-197 (Bravo), 7-197 (Baugh), 8-228 (Rampaul), 9-229 (Bishoo).
Bowling: Praveen 10-0-54-0 (w-6), Munaf 10-2-35-3 (nb-1, w-3), Mishra 10-2-31-4, Harbhajan 10-1-51-0 (w-4), Yusuf 8-0-51-2 (w-3), Raina 2-0-11-0.
Scoring pattern: 5 overs: 21/0, 10: 40/0, 20: 96/1, 30: 136/2, 40: 192/3, end of innings: 240/9 in 50 overs.
Power Play 1: 1-10: 40/0, Power Play 2: 11-15: 36/1, Power Play 3 (batting): 41.1-46: 20/3.
INDIA (revised target: 183 in 37 overs):
P Patel c Baugh b Martin    56
(64b, 2x4, 2x6)
Dhawan c Pollard b Rampaul    3
(4b)
Kohli c Pollard b Bishoo    81
(103b, 6x4, 1x6)
Raina (not out)    26
(19b, 1x4, 1x6)
Rohit (not out)    7
(14b, 1x4)
Extras (W-8, NB-2)    10
Total (for 3 wkts, 33.4 overs)    183
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Dhawan), 2-128 (Parthiv), 3-173 (Kohli).
Bowling: Rampaul 6.4-0-32-1 (w-4), Sammy 10-1-38-0, Bravo 3-0-20-0 (w-2), Bishoo 7-0-37-1 (nb-2), Martin 4-0-29-1, Pollard 3-0-27-0 (w-2).
Scoring pattern: 5 overs: 21/1, 10: 45/1, 20: 94/1, 30: 160/2, End of Innings: 183/3 in 33.4 overs.
Power Play 1: 1-10: 45/1, Power Play 2: 11-15: 26/0, Power Play 3 (batting): Not taken.

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