In the second ODI of the 5-match series, India managed to put up a healthy total of 263 on the board after electing to bat first against West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
With Rampaul bowling some rank looseners and Dhawan taking eternity to get ready to face his first ball, the match got off to a slow start. However, Jerome Taylor added some action in the second over when he castled the local boy Dhawan to give West Indies their first breakthrough.
India promoted Rayudu ahead of Virat Kohli at number three. While Rayudu hit some crisp boundaries, India’s run-rate could not improve much. The hosts brought up their fifty in the 13th over but they lost Rahane in the same over bowled by Darren Sammy.
Batting at number four, Virat Kohli made a bright start hitting three wonderful-looking boundaries. But Rayudu, who replaced Kohli at his regular position at number three, was sent back to the dressing room by Sulieman Benn.
From thereon though, West Indies were made to struggle by Raina, Kohli duo. The local boy Kohli who had been having a torrid time played sensibly without risking his wicket. Raina, on the other hand, was more fluent and authoritative in his knock. The pair not only revived Indian inning but also put the pressure back on the West Indian team.
Kohli who had been under pressure to perform and get out of his poor form, looked visibly happy after he crossed fifty.