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Dwayne Smith’s 97-Run Knock in Vain as West Indies Succumb to Fine Indian Bowling Attack in 2nd ODI

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Dwayne Smith’s 97-Run Knock in Vain as West Indies Succumb to Fine Indian Bowling Attack in 2nd ODI

October 13
13:42 2014

india vs wiNew Delhi, Monday, October 13 – Nothing could have been a better treat for Indian cricket fans than to see their team winning the match, which somehow seemed to be won by West Indies due to good start as similar to the first One-Day international held at Kochi. Despite the fact that Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, wasn’t jam packed on account of Karva Chauth, which is celebrated merrily in North India as well as other parts of the country, the level of joy amongst the youngsters was something to acclaim.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and invited West Indies to bowl first. The decision to bat seemed wrong at the outset as left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by Jerome Taylor in the second over. His dismissal made talented Ambati Rayudu to arrive on the crease and repair the loss. The youngster was in some way successful in doing the same by playing a knock of 32 runs of 54 balls, including three boundaries.

Despite the fact that the opener Ajinkya Rahane was able to score only 12 runs of 28 balls, which comprised a four, he made an effort not to lose his wicket early and let Rayudu hit the runs. Darren Sammy was the man who sent Rahane back to the pavilion. After a few overs, Sulieman Benn took the wicket of 29-year-old all-rounder, giving India a quick jolt. However, the new batsmen Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina were in no mood to spare Caribbean bowlers and pocketed identical runs. 62-run innings apiece by Kohli and Raina made Indian squad expect for putting humongous total at the end but before they could have gone for further runs, Ravi Rampaul and Taylor put a ceiling on their beautiful play. Kohli’s knock helped him regain his form for which is famous across the world.

The responsibility to score big came on the shoulder of Dhoni, who punished WI by attaining an attractive half-century with the help of 5 fours and a six. The skipper played a not out inning but did not get desired support from players on the other end. Ravindra Jadeja (6 runs of 16 balls) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (18 runs of 14 balls; 4 x 1) were out by Taylor and Bravo, respectively. Mohammed Shami stayed unbeaten at 1 run. After 50 overs, India were 263 for the loss of 7 wickets.

West Indies were heading in the right direction while chasing the target. Dwayne Smith was sending the ball into the fences at different time intervals. His opening Darren Bravo lent him the hand to go for big shots by changing the strike but Mohammed Shami showed him the way to the dressing room when 25-year-old Bravo was batting at the individual score of 26 runs, together with a couple of boundaries. Then arrived Kieron Pollard on the 22 yards pitch and struck 40 runs, inclusive of a boundary and three biggies. Amit Mishra stopped him from going for long shots when 29th over was in progress.

Smith’s wicket by Shami in 35.4 was the game changer. As soon as he departed, the entire middle and lower batting lineup plunged. Marlon Samuels (16 runs), wicketkeeper batsman Denesh Ramdin (3 runs), skipper Dwayne Bravo (10 runs), Andre Russell (4 runs), Darren Sammy (1 run), Ravi Rampaul (16 runs) and Jerome Taylor (0 run) succumbed to brilliant bowling attack by the young Indians, giving the rivals a magical chance to log victory and equalize the series by 1-1. Sulieman Benn was not out at zero. The brilliance of ‘men in blue’ is understandable by the fact West Indies could not even play for whole 50 overs.  Shami bagged man of the match award thanks to claiming 4 wickets of just 36 runs.

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