India skipper Virat Kohli once again led his side to post a challenging total on the scoreboard in the second ODI against West Indies on August 11 (Sunday) at Port of Spain in Trinidad. Kohli and Shreyas Iyer staged a 125-run partnership to score 279 runs in their 50 overs as the host will need an outstanding effort with the bat to chase down the target.

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India post a stiff total in Trinidad

Virat Kohli went with an unchanged XI in the second ODI while Jason Holder had to make a forced change. Unfit Fabian Allen had to sit out while fast bowler Oshane Thomas made a comeback to the playing XI. West Indies got a breakthrough in the first over of the match removing Shikhar Dhawan, whose poor run with the bat continues. It was a controversial call as Jason Holder asked for the review after the stipulated 15 seconds. Despite that, on-field umpire Nijel Llong reviewed the decision which turned his original verdict of not out.

Shreyas Iyer. Credit: Twitter

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Since then, Kohli led the revival for India with another swashbuckling knock alongside Rohit Sharma. While Rohit looked out of socks, the India skipper was dominant and dictated terms over the West Indies bowlers. Roston Chase provided the breakthrough getting the better of the Mumbai-born cricketer. Rishabh Pant also followed the pack soon as Carlos Brathwaite cleaned him up with a reaper of a delivery to have India at 101 for three. The departure of Pant brought Shreyas Iyer to the crease who made full utilisation of the opportunity with a brilliant knock.

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Virat Kohli looked flawless, bringing his 42nd ODI century in style as India marched toward a massive total. On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer also looked strong ring his third ODI half-century b Brathwaite once again led West Indies’ bounce back getting Kohli out after a well-made knock of 120 runs. Since then, the host made a strong comeback led by Brathwaite and skipper Jason Holder.  Ravindra Jadeja scored some valuable runs for India down the order to help post 279 runs.

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