After a damning defeat to West Indies in the first match of ongoing India vs West Indies ODI series, India roared back to level the series in Vishakapatnam. Earlier in the day Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put up an opening stand of 227 where they carted the West Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground. While Rohit scored a characteristic ‘daddy’ hundred (159) it was K L Rahul’s continuation of a good run that would have melted the team management’s heart.
Although King Kohli scored a rare golden duck, Shreyas Iyer and Rishab Pant made sure the good work of the openers wasn’t in vain and propelled India to a huge total of 387 in the allotted 50 overs. The West Indians after a shaky start looked well on the course but brilliance in the field by Shreyas Iyer and a record second hat-trick by chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav crushed all hope for Carribean team.
However, India dropped plenty of catches in the field, something which was addressed by Virat Kohli in the post-match press conference too. Kohli who himself took a brilliant catch on the boundary was a bit disappointed by his team’s fielding effort and even went on to say that this wasn’t a true reflection of the second-ranked ODI side’s fielding. He put the missed chances down to the players not wanting to make a mistake at this level thus putting too much pressure on themselves.