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Second-string India too good for WI again

India have resembled a track athlete running against the clock so far on the Caribbean tour, trying more to keep up their own standards as the home team's challenge has looked quite feeble.

cricket Updated: Jun 10, 2011 00:08 IST
N. Ananthanarayanan

India have resembled a track athlete running against the clock so far on the Caribbean tour, trying more to keep up their own standards as the home team's challenge has looked quite feeble.

It was no different on Wednesday as the world champions wrapped up the second one-day international by seven wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis method, brushing aside an almost 90-minute rain interruption.

Youth brigade
India's youth brigade has been the talking point in a side missing many senior players. This time it was Virat Kohli who stepped up, top-scoring with an assured 81 to kill the contest. India move to Antigua 2-0 up with three more matches to go, indications are the series will be settled in Saturday's game barring a dramatic reversal of fortunes.

The Delhi batsman took charge after Parthiv Patel marked his comeback with a third one-day fifty, a neat 56.

The pair raised 120 runs for the second wicket and were cruising towards the 241-run target when steady shower brought proceedings to a halt.

India were 100 for one after 22 overs at that point and were left to score 83 more in 15 overs, after the target was revised to 183 in 37 overs.

Kohli-Raina hang on
However, Kohli, first with Patel, and then skipper Suresh Raina (26 not out), ensured there were no hiccups.

Kohli's 103-ball effort included six fours and a six, fetching him the man-of-the-match award ahead of leg spinner Amit Mishra, whose career-best four for 31, along with Munaf Patel's three for 35, helped restrict the West Indies.

The West Indies batsmen wasted a good start with a shocking collapse that saw their six wickets tumble only for 37 runs.