Suryakumar Yadav conjured up a responsible 64-run knockout before Prasidh Krishna returned an impressive four-wicket throw as India beat the West Indies by 44 runs in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the run of three matches, here on Wednesday. Surya hit a dogged 64 to help India set a decent score of 237 to nine after being invited to bat. The Indian bowlers, led by Prasidh (4/12), then pooled the opposition for 193 at a ‘Motera’ lane, where it was not easy to hit. For the visitors, Shamarh Brooks scored the highest score with 44.
It is the eleventh time in the last 17 games that the West Indies have failed to meet their quota of 50 overs, despite the presence of older players.
India had won the first ODI by six wickets and now the third game will be played on February 11.
Chasing a modest 238, the West Indies lost early on opener Brandon King (18) and Darren Bravo (1), with Indian pacesetter Prasidh accounting for both batsmen.
Opener Shai Hope (27) and Shamarh Brooks (44) tried to put together the innings, but were able to add only 14 runs when Hope went out to Suryakumar in long-on off Yuzvendra Chahal (1/45).
The visitors faltered at 52/3. Prasidh was in turmoil when rival skipper Nicholas Pooran (9) became his third victim. The West Indies lost half of its side for 76.
From here it was only a matter of time. However, Brooks and Akeal Hosein (34) postponed the inevitable. Odean Smith (24) aroused the hopes of Windies, but in the end he fell too.
Prasidh put a fitting end to the match by knocking out Kemar Roach. Pacer Mohammed Siraj (1/38), Shardul Thakur (2/41), Chahal, Washington Sundar (1/28) and Deepak Hooda (1/24) helped Prasidh perfectly.
Previously, the hosts faltered at 43 for three after a collapse of the highest order, but then Suryakumar forged a crucial 91-run tie with vice-captain KL Rahul (49) to get the team back on track.
The elegant Surya, who scored his second fifty, mixed caution with aggression, hammering five fours in his 83 ball knock.
India lost skipper Rohit Sharma (5) cheaply when he tried to chase a large delivery from pacer Kemar Roach (1/42) and advanced to Shai Hope after the West Indies chose to field.
Virat Kohli (18), who is playing his 100th ODI in India, then joined Rishabh Pant (18), who opened for the first time in the 50-over format.
Kohli’s first frontier was an elegant cover drive in the fifth over from Roach and the same bowler he cut behind square to get his second.
The tempo duo of Roach and Alzarri Joseph (2/36) threw a tight line as India could only hit two fours in the first seven overs and crept to 22/1.
Pant got his first frontier, his signature pull shot over deep mid-wicket, then hammered two more fours. But pacer Odean Smith (2/29) held on to the hosts by removing both Pant and Kohli in the 12th as India slipped back to 43/3.
First, Smith removed Pant, who had mis-timed a pull and gave a sitter to Jason Holder, then sent a well-adjusted Kohli, after the former captain tipped over to Hope.
Surya, who got his first four via a drive, was initially the aggressive one, but Rahul then freed his arms, starting with a towering maximum, a pull shot, from left arm spinner Akeal Hosein (1/39).
The two continued to tap the scoreboard, as India was at 91/3 after 25 overs.
Rahul hit four fours and two sixes in his 48-ball knock. But just when it looked like they were going to score big, Rahul was overrun in the 30th.
Surya then found a capable ally in Washington Sundar (24), as the duo added 43 runs for the fifth wicket.
Surya, however, perished in the 39th over and gave Joseph an easy catch, as Fabian Allen (1/50) got his only wicket.
Sundar was also unable to convert his start. Then the 29 of 25 deliveries from Deepak Hooda helped India to exceed the 225 run.
The hosts were able to add just 54 runs in the last 10 overs.
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