Kohli, Rohit guide India to win 2nd ODI

Visakhapatnam: A rather close contest turned India`s way as Virat Kohli (117) and Rohit Sharma took the hosts out of murky waters and beat West Indies by 5 wickets in the 2nd ODI at Visakhapatnam on Friday.

Early wickets of Parthiv Patel and Gautam Gambhir as well as a rain delay could not halt India as Kohli showed form continues to favour him. He had 14 boundaries in his innings and led from the front. The match was evenly balanced when Virender Sehwag was removed by Marlon Samuels but a 163-run 4th wicket stand between Kohli and Sharma took the match beyond Darren Sammy and his team.

Earlier, West Indies scored 269/9 much to the agony of Indian bowlers. Ravi Rampaul was the star for the visitors as he scored an unbeaten 86 in a late frustrating spell of play for India who had been flying high until his arrival to the crease. A combination of some accurate pace followed by a decent performance by Ravindra Jadeja ensured that West Indies were restricted to 170/9 as West Indies stared at a total well below 200.

Number 10 batsman Ravi Rampaul however, had other ideas as he stormed his way to 86 in an unbeaten 99-run last wicket partnership that took the visitors to a more than competitive total. In an innings that comprised of six sixes and as many fours, Rampaul was in no mood to let Indian bowlers dominate like they had for most part of the West Indies innings until then.

Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets for India while Ravindra Jadeja and Vinay Kumar picked up two each. Lendl Simmons was the anchor man for most of the West Indies innings as he scored 78 runs but he was run out in a bid to retain the strike while batting with the tail. After his departure Rampaul not only helped Windies pose a tough target for India but also dented their confidence in what was a frustrating end to the innings for the hosts.