India put the disappointment of their resounding first ODI defeat to the West Indies behind them with a 48-run victory over the visitors in Delhi.
Having won the toss, India decided to bat first and were in need of a very good performance as their grip on the ODI World number one spot was loosening. They could lose top spot if they don't win the remaining four ODIs against the West Indies and Australia win their series against Pakistan 3-0. They currently lead the series 2-0.
Jerome Taylor (3-54) took his 100th ODI wicket as the West Indies made early breakthroughs to leave India on 74-3 before India's star batsmen produced the form that is expected of them.
Firstly Virat Kohli (62) and Suresh Raina (62) produced a fourth wicket partnership of 105 and then captain MS Dhoni produced a typically unbeaten half-century in quick-time to propel his side to 263-7 in their fifty overs.
Dhoni in the process reached the milestone of 8,000 runs, the sixth Indian to achieve such a feat.
The West Indies would have been confident of reaching their victory target especially after their first ODI victory in Kochi and being on course at 170-2 in this game. Dwayne Smith (97), Darren Bravo (26), Keiron Pollard (40) gave the visitors the perfect platform.
However, with Marlon Samuels (16) failing to continue his match-winning performance from the first ODI, West Indies wickets tumbled at an alarming rate. From 183-4 they slumped to 201-9 with Mohammed Shami (4-36) and Ravindra Jadeja (3-44) the main wicket takers for the home side.
When the last wicket fell with the score on 215 India were celebrating a victory by 48-runs that was in serious doubt at one stage. The West Indies will be rueing their batting collapse as a 2-0 series lead was within their grasp.
Now with the series all square there is a lot to play for for both sides. India will now be favourites to capture the series and the West Indies may look back at the end of the series at a batting collapse that may have turned the momentum in the Indians favour.
Will India now hold on to their World number one spot or surrender it to the Australians?
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