After being inserted into bat, India got off to a brisk start with openers Dhawan and Rahane. Dhawan especially took a liking to both Jason Holder and Jerome Taylor scoring boundaries at well. After adding 70 for the first wicket, Dhawan fell against the run of play for 35. Rahane though went on to score another ODI fifty, before being dubiously adjudged leg before for 68.
Virat peaks in Dharamsala
After a harrowing run in England, Virat Kohli finally found some runs in the second ODI in Delhi. Before the match began, he quipped that he was also human and not a machine. The run machine within him though came to the fore in Dharamshala as he looked confident at the crease, but also went on to score his 20th ODI century. He was finally dismissed of the last ball of the innings for 127 off 114 balls. His innings included 13 fours and three sixes.
Virat and Raina – The deadly duo
Like in Delhi, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina combined yet again to accelerate the Indian scoring, just when it was needed. Both added 138 runs for the third wicket in just 18 overs. Raina was eventually was outfoxed by a slower ball from Jerome Taylor for 71, not before he and Kohli laid the foundation for some slog over hitting.
In the wake of all the controversies surrounding them, West Indies never quite looked like they were going to chase down a mammoth 331 as they had never chased a 300+ score in their ODI history. They scored only 26 runs in the first 10 overs. Both their big hitters, Dwyane Smith and Kieron Pollard had a miserable time with the bat as both could only manage 6 runs together in 42 balls. While Smith was dismissed for an 11 ball duck, Pollard scored six of the 31 balls he faced.
After having impressed one and all in the T20 league, all-rounder Akshar Patel had his first major opportunity against a competitive side. He did not disappoint as he mixed his flighted deliveries with his darts and conceded only 26 runs in his 10 overs and also picked up two wickets, despite a wet ball. His figures also stood out since the rest of the bowlers got carted around the park.
Samuels, the saving grace
In what was a disastrous tour for the visitors, comeback man Marlon Samuels was the only saving grace. He after his century in Kochi, he scored his second of the series in Dharamshala, albeit in a losing cause. He was the last man out for 112 off 106 balls.
- Hormaz Fatakia