Ton-up Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul powered for India as they beat West Indies by 107 runs in second match of the three-ODI series on Wednesday.
After a humiliating defeat at Chennai in the first ODI, the home side made an impressive comeback, courtesy goes to Sharma and Rahul. They both put 227 runs together for the first wicket.
Sharma made unbeaten 159 with the help of 17 fours and 5 maximums whereas Rahul scored 102 off 104 balls.
An early departure of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, India’s inning was supported by Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant who put up a decent 73-run partnership to take India’s score to 387-5.
Iyer brought up his fourth consecutive half-century and scored 53 runs while Pant contributed 39 runs. Sheldon Cottrell bagged two wickets for West Indies.
In reply, West Indies got off to a conventional start with Evin Lewis (30) and Shai Hope (78) putting up a 61-runs opening partnership. A sudden collapse put the visitors under-pressure as they lost three quick wickets.
Hope while continuing his form partnered with Nicholas Pooran (75) to put 106 runs together. Kuldeep Yadav, later bagged three wickets in a row to further dent the West Indian side.
Mohammad Shami, currently the highest wicket-taker of this year, bagged three wickets besides magnificent Kuldeep.
As the series is now leveled, both teams will lock horns on December 22 in a series decider.