rahane-kuldeep-help-india-register-easy-win.jpg

Rahane, Kuldeep Help India Register Easy Win

Ajinkya Rahane hit 103 off 104 balls as India comfortably defeated West Indies by 105 runs on Sunday in the second one-day worldwide at Queen’s Park Oval to lead the five-match series 1-0.INDIA – Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.Virat Kohli (32) and M.S. Dhoni (9) were unbeaten when the weather intervened, while Bishoo, Joseph and captain Jason Holder picked up one wicket each for West Indies.All the fun came to an end at 39.2 overs though as persistent rain washed the match away.Shai Hope and Evin Lewis then stitched an 89-run stand for the fourth wicket to steady the ship.Shikhar Dhawan’s 87 and comeback-man Ajinkya Rahane’s 62 were the highlights of the Indian innings.The Jason Holder-led side, on the other hand, would lock horns with India, following a drawn three-match ODI series against Afghanistan 1-1.Both the teams are unchanged. The rain did let up for a bit, and the water and the covers were cleared too, West Indies were then set 194 in 26 overs, but more rain arrived before they could begin their chase.In the first match, India could manage 199 runs for the loss of three wickets before the rain played a spoilsport. “The team know and I know that if we play our best cricket, that we can do very well in this tournament and we’re looking forward to it”. But Yuvraj Singh’s patchy form will be a concern for the Indian skipper while going into the second ODI.India will look to the heavens when they take to the field today, hoping to avoid the rains that forced officials to abandon the first ODI of the five-match series against the West Indies here at Port-of-Spain, also the venue of the first match. The 105-run margin gave the visitors their biggest win in the Caribbean.Rahane brought his third ODI century off 102 deliveries but fell two deliveries later when he was castled by Miguel Cummins (1-57).Rahane hit pacer Alzarri Joseph for a huge six in the third over before Dhawan sent Holder for two boundaries in the next over.After Dhawan was stumped off the bowling of off-spinner Ashley Nurse, Kohli joined Rahane in the middle and the duo proceeded to continue the good work with a steady 97-run partnership.