India produced a clinical effort to go 1-0 up in the three-match series against West India in Trinidad after a washout in the first game in Guyana. While skipper Virat Kohli led the pack with the bat. Bhuvneshwar Kumar held India’s chips high with the ball. Meanwhile, it was stunning caught and bowled by Kumar to dismiss Roston Chase which changed the face of the match in India’s favour.
Chasing 280 runs, Evin Lewis gave West Indies a good start with 50+ run knock despite losing his partners at the other end. Kuldeep Yadav brought India back in the game with two wickets; however, it was stunning diving catch from Bhuvneshwar Kumar to dismiss Roston Chase in the middle-order which ended the hopes of the host of going 1-0 up in the series.
With the wicket on the slower side, Kumar bowled a length delivery and was on the stumps. Chase wanted to work it to the on-side but gets squared up a touch, and the white-nut ends up hitting his leading edge. It balloons up in the air and Bhuvneshwar Kumar on his follow-through and against the line, dives to his left acrobatically and grabs it with his left hand. It changed the course of the match as West Indies could only add a handful before getting all out for 210 runs.
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Speaking about the game, batting first, a 125-run partnership between Kohli and Shreyas Iyer propelled India to 279 runs at the end of 50 overs. While Kohli registered his 42nd ODI ton, Iyer played a valuable hand of 71 runs before West Indies made a strong comeback in the death overs to restrict the visitors under 280. While it looked like a chaseable total, Bhuvneshwar Kumar wreaked havoc in the middle order picking four wickets to seal the tie for his side. Evin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran tried their best, but the Indian bowlers emerged on top.