India vs West Indies 2nd ODI: India tie up series after West Indies self-destruct

Shami finished with career-best bowling figures of 4-36 off 9.3 overs

Shami was named Man of the Match for hisĀ career-best bowling figures of 4-36

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India managed to tie up the series at 1-1 after the West Indies self-destructed and subsequently lost the second ODI by 48 runs in Delhi.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the batting duo of Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina all made half-centuries, while pace bowler Mohammed Shami took four wickets.

However, West Indies opener Dwayne Smith deserves a lot of credit for his valiant knock of 97.

Dhoni would have been brooding over his decision to bat first early on after opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was clean bowled by Jerome Taylor for one run.

Ajinkya Rahane only scored 12 runs before he was caught by West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo at cover off the bowling of Darren Sammy.

Ambati Rayudu managed to make 32 runs before he was caught by Sammy at slip off the bowling of Sulieman Benn.

Kohli and Raina stabilised the innings with a 105-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Raina was caught by Kieron Pollard at deep mid-off off the bowling of Taylor.

Raina’s excellent knock of 62 came off 60 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes.

Raina's excellent form with the bat continued

Raina’s excellent form with the bat continued

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Kohli also scored 62 runs, which came off 78 deliveriesĀ and included five boundaries, before he was caught by Marlon Samuels at long-off off the bowling of Ravi Rampaul.

Kohli finally found his touch again

Kohli finally found his touch again

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Ravindra Jadeja only made six runs before he was cleaned up by Taylor.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar made a quickfire 18 before he was caught by Pollard at long-on off the bowling of Bravo.

Thanks to Dhoni’s unbeaten knock of 51, which came off 40 balls and included five boundaries and a six, India finished on 263/7 off their 50 overs.

Dhoni smashed five boundaries and a six during his unbeaten knock of 51

Dhoni smashed five boundaries and a six during his unbeaten knock of 51

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Taylor was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Rampaul, Benn, Bravo and Sammy chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 264 to win, the West Indies got off to a great start as Smith and Darren Bravo amassed a 64-run partnership before Bravo was clean bowled by Mohammed Shami for 26.

Smith and Pollard kept the runs flowing with a 72-run partnership, during which Smith brought up his half-century, before Pollard was clean bowled by Amit Mishra for 40.

Smith ended up making a career-best 97, which came off 97 balls and included 11 boundaries and two sixes, before he was cleaned up by Shami.

Smith's career-best innings of 97 went in vain

Smith’s career-best innings of 97 went in vain

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Following Smith’s dismissal, the West Indies pushed the self-destruct button and went from 170/3 to being bowled out for 215.

Shami inflicted the most damage with his four wickets, while Jadeja snapped up three, Mishra took two and Umesh Yadav claimed one.

Bravo was disappointed with his side’s collapse, and said: “I thought at one point we had it in the bag. Give credit to India. Jaddu. Mahi and the boys put pressure on us. It was a very small ground, we batted well upfront. But, we kept losing wickets at crucial times and lost our way in the middle. We definitely have to work on that. At CSK he (Dhoni) says he always hits my slower balls out of the ground. So I am still waiting.”

Dhoni was pleased to have levelled the series at 1-1, and said: “It’s quite difficult (to get 263), but quite a few batsmen got off to a decent start. We lost two wickets close to the 40th over. That was very crucial. We were short by 20 runs because of that. Virat is an important character in our team and the way he bats, he got runs today which will definitely help him. Raina batted excellently and has carried his form from the Champions League. They have to convert these starts into bigger innings. Shami bowled really well. There was a bit of reverse swing, he got us vital breakthroughs. Mishra was crucial again, he was willing to flight the ball. Once the ball gets wet or there is no turn, Jadeja does not flight the ball. That is why I used Mishra more. I feel quite a few things are missing. We have to pull our socks up. We have not played to our potential. This game is a crucial eye opener for us. We are on the winning side, but we could have lost this.”

Shami edged out Kohli, Raina and Dhoni to take home the Man of the Match award.

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