Ajinkya Rahane Century
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After the first ODI match was washed out, India should be thanking rain God, allowing a result, in the end, to be possible. Of course, the rain interrupted the match early on, forcing a delayed start by two hours and the game was reduced to 43 overs a side. West Indies put visitors to bat first. For India, it doesn’t matter whether its fifty overs or forty-three overs game as they are poised to score 300 and this time it proved to be more than enough for inexperienced West Indies batting lineup. Sadly West Indies team doesn’t include match winners like Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard, DJ Bravo, DM Bravo and others due to a dispute between the governing Cricket board and cricket players.

Yet again, Shikhar Dhawan and Rahane gave India a solid start as they posted a century stand for the opening wicket. Dhawan carried his impressive Champions Trophy form with yet another half-century, while Rahane went on to make his third ODI century(103 off 104 balls). Dhawan scored 63 off 59 balls before being dismissed by Ashley Nurse. Rahane & Kohli then was involved in quick 97 runs partnership. Virat Kohli knocked off an effortless 87 off 66 balls, helping India to post 310 runs on the scoreboard.

Chasing 311 in 43 overs, the pressure was on West Indies batsmen and it showed off as they lost two wickets before the first run has been scored off a bat. It’s yet again Bhubaneshwar Kumar who took two wickets in the first two overs. His match figure reads 5 overs, 2 wickets for 9 runs. Kuldeep Yadav ran through the middle order as he picked up three wickets. For West Indies Shai Hope top scored with 81 off 88 balls and suffered a heavy 105 run defeat.

Ajinkya Rahane was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’ as visitors takes 1-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series.