West Indies take first win in India tour
West Indies beat India by two wickets to win the second One Day International at the VDCA Stadium today.
The West Indies have now drawn level 1-1 in the three-match ODI series.
Darren Sammy under pressure from critics top scored with 63 and took 1-11 for the West Indies.
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo said the victory was as a result of team effort and their hunger to win.
“We planned very well. It was a must-win game for us. We communicated well on the field. The bowlers executed, bowling to MS, the best player in the world, is always difficult. Well done to young Powell, Simmons and Darren Sammy. Myself getting out at a crucial time. Our aim was for one of the top five batters to bat through the innings. We had four half-centuries today, so that was good,” he said.
However, Mahendra Dhoni blames excessive dew for his team’s performance especially as the bowling team.
“There was a lot of dew, was difficult for bowlers to even grip the ball, let along putting it in right areas. Toss was crucial and to take it to the last over was a superb bowling effort. When we went into bowl, there was plenty of dew, and it kept getting worse,” said the Indian captain.
“It was very difficult to score runs and rotate strike. We saw that when they batted as well. If there was no dew, 289 was 400-odd on this pitch with so much turn and bounce.”
India 288 for 7 off 50 overs (V Kohli 99, MS Dhoni 51, R Rampaul 4-60, D Sammy 1-11).
West Indies 289 for 8 off 49.3 overs (D Sammy 63, L Simmons 62, K Powell 59, DM Bravo 50, R Ashwin 2-37, M Shami 2-55, B Kumar 2-56). (CMC)