Team India registered a 107-run win in Vizag to level the series 1-1. All in all, it was a dominant win for Men in Blue but there were occasions when the players did not live up to the expectations. Once again, the fielders dropped catches while Rishabh Pant again got a review wrong.
Apart from praising openers, Indian skipper Virat Kohli also addressed both the issues and slammed the fielders once again. The Indian fielders dropped three chances in the second ODI.
Shai Hope, who scored 78 off 85, was yet to open his account when KL spilt a catch at slips off Deepak Chahar. The second drop came when Chahar dropped Nicholas Pooran off Ravindra Jadeja when he was batting on 22 – Pooran would go on to score 75 off 47. Shreyas Iyer dropped the third catch of WI’s innings as he gave a chance to Keemo Paul.
“Catching has been disappointing. It is not the representation of the kind of standards that we set. It’s very important to maintain standards and live upto it. We are one of the best fielding sides in the world. Fielding is all about wanting the ball. As long as we are enjoying that, we will be right up there,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Unlike the first ODI, dropped catches didn’t cost India much as the Indian batsmen had already piled up a score of 387/7.
Addressing the wrong review taken by Rishabh and Kuldeep Yadav, Kohli said that both of them were convinced but he isn’t pleased with how the review was taken. “Reviews are always left upon the keeper and the bowler. Both of them were convinced but the replays suggested otherwise. Wasn’t really pleased with how we took the review,” Kohli said, further expressing his disappointment.
Despite all such mistakes, India successfully defended a total of 387/7. After being asked to bat first, Men in Blue had a brilliant start as Rohit Sharma (159) and KL Rahul (102) put up 227 runs for the first wicket. Shreyas Iyer (53) and Rishabh Pant (39) did not allow the run-rate to come down and their power-hitting saw India finish at a big score.
Chasing the target, West Indies did lose first three wickets inside 100 runs but Pooran and Hope brought them back with a partnership of 106 runs for the fourth wicket. Mohammed Shami provided a big breakthrough by dismissing Pooran and Kieron Pollard on successive deliveries.
Three overs later, Kuldeep Yadav took the second hat-trick of his ODI career to rule West Indies out of the game. The visitors were dismissed for 280 in 43.3 overs.
The third and the deciding ODI of the series will be played in Cuttack on Sunday.