West Indies vs India 2nd ODI: Kohli scores 120 as India take 1-0 lead

Virat Kohli 120 West Indies India 2nd ODI Trinidad cricket

Virat Kohli scored his 42nd ODI hundred

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India captain Virat Kohli scored a superb 120 to lead his side to a 59-run win via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the second ODI against the West Indies in Trinidad.

Choosing to bat first, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan early on as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell for two runs.

Kohli and Rohit Sharma made up for the loss of Dhawan with a 74-run partnership, during which Kohli brought up his fifty, before Rohit was dismissed by Roston Chase for 18.

Rishabh Pant mustered 20 runs before he was clean bowled by Carlos Brathwaite.

Kohli and Shreyas Iyer stabilised the innings with a 125-run stand, during which Kohli surpassed his hundred and Iyer his half-century, before Kohli was removed by Brathwaite for 120, which came off 125 balls and included 14 boundaries and a six.

During his knock, Kohli went past former captain Sourav Ganguly to become India’s second-highest run-scorer in ODI history.

Iyer went on to score a 68-ball 71, which included five boundaries and a six, before he was cleaned up by West Indies captain Jason Holder.

India lost wickets at regular intervals after Iyer’s dismissal and ended up finishing on 279/7.

Brathwaite was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Chase, Holder and Cottrell chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 280 to win initially, the West Indies got off to a solid start before Chris Gayle, who was playing in his 300th ODI, was given out lbw off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 11 runs.

Shai Hope only scored five runs before he was clean bowled by Khaleel Ahmed.

Shortly after Hope was dismissed, the rain came and the West Indies were set 270 to win from 46 overs.

Shimron Hetmyer mustered 18 runs before he was sent packing by Kuldeep Yadav.

Evin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran added 56 runs to the score before Lewis was brilliantly caught by Kohli off the bowling of Kuldeep for 65, which came off 80 deliveries and included eight boundaries and a six.

Pooran went on to make 42 before he was dismissed by Kumar, who took out Chase three balls later.

Brathwaite failed to trouble the scorers as he was removed by Ravindra Jadeja for a duck, while Kemar Roach was clean bowled by Kumar for the same score.

Cottrell scored 17 runs before falling to Mohammed Shami, who finished things off by trapping Oshane Thomas lbw three balls later, which led to the West Indies being bowled out for 210.

Kumar was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Shami and Kuldeep took two wickets apiece. As for Jadeja and Khaleel, they claimed one wicket each.

Kohli was named Man of the Match.

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