Kohli’s ton helps In­dia in win against Windies

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VISAKHA­P­AT­NAM, In­dia: Vi­rat Kohli com­piled his eighth hun­dred in one-day­ers and with able sup­port from Ro­hit Sharma took In­dia to a com­fort­able five- wicket vic­tory against West Indies in the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional here yes­ter­day.

Chas­ing 270 for vic­tory, Kohli (117) and Sharma (90 not out) bat­ted with a lot of ma­tu­rity and added 163 for the fourth wicket to give In­dia a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI se­ries against the tourists.

Man- of- the- match Kohli hit 14 bound­aries be­fore edg­ing a catch be­hind with In­dia still 23 away from the win.

But Sharma, who brought up his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive half-cen­tury in the se­ries, kept his calm to take In­dia home with 11 balls to spare.

In­dia lost Parthiv Pa­tel and Gau­tam Gamb­hir early but Kohli and Viren­der Se­hwag (26) added 55 for the third wicket to steady the ship.

The vis­i­tors were still in the hunt af­ter Se­hwag de­parted try­ing to clear off-spin­ner Mar­lon Sa­muels over the long-off bound­ary and In­dia were re­duced to 84-3.

But the stand be­tween Kohli and Sharma put paid to their hopes of lev­el­ling the se­ries.

Ear­lier, tailen­der Ravi Ram­paul blasted his way to an un­beaten 86 from the num­ber 10 po­si­tion to deny In­dia’s hopes of re­strict­ing West Indies to a far lower to­tal.

The left-han­der hit six fours and six sixes in his 66-ball in­nings to lift West Indies to 269 for nine.

Ram­paul, whose high­est score in ODIS be­fore this match was an un­beaten 26, added 99 in 14 overs for the un­bro­ken fi­nal wicket with Ke­mar Roach (24 not out).

Pace duo Umesh Ya­dav (3-38) and R. Vi­nay Ku­mar (2-43) picked up the first five wick­ets to fall, re­duc­ing the vis­i­tors to 63-5, be­fore opener Lendl Simmons (78) and Kieron Pol­lard (35) stemmed the rot with a 56-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Simmons an­chored the in­nings with his pa­tient 102-ball knock but was run out with West Indies on 170 and with just the last pair left to bat.

The third ODI will be played in Ahmed­abad on Mon­day. – Reuters

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