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Rahane, Kuldeep star in clinical Indian win

Rahane, Kuldeep star in clinical Indian win

Rahane’s 114-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan (63) provided the ideal platform, and he continued the good work with a 97-run second wicket stand with Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper laid the finishing touches to the innings, with a 66-ball 87, to help the tourists to a daunting total of 310 for 5.

In stark contrast to India’s innings, Windies couldn’t get going at any stage of their innings, losing wickets at regular intervals and finished with 205 for 6, suffering their biggest loss to India in the Caribbean. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball.

Yuvraj Singh, however, endured another failure, nicking Holder to ‘keeper Shai Hope to depart for 14 in his 300th ODI appearance for India. But Kohli was undeterred, taking on the bowlers as he executed his shots to near perfection. Cummins, Holder and Joseph, all tried their best to minimise the assault, but they had no answers to Kohli’s dexterity, until he miscued one off Joseph in the penultimate over. Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni profited from Holder’s waywardness in the final over, contributing their bit in the death-overs rush that yielded India 107 runs in the last 10 overs.

Brief scores: India 310/5 in 43 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 103, Virat Kohli 87, Shikhar Dhawan 63; Alzarri Joseph 2-73) beat Windies 205/6 in 43 overs (Shai Hope 81, Roston Chase 33*; Kuldeep Yadav 3-50, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-9) by 105 runs.

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