Powered by another phenomenal performance from the bowlers,
India sealed the series win against the West Indies with a 44-run victory in
the second ODI in Ahmedabad. Following a mediocre performance with the bat,
India defended 237 in the second innings thanks to an inspired spell of bowling
from Prasidh Krishna, who finished with extraordinary figures of 9-3-12-4 to
help the Men in Blue bowl out the visitors in 46 overs for just 193.
Krishna extracted plenty of bounce from the Ahmedabad
surface with his hard lengths, and the seamer helped the hosts put pressure on
the West Indies early on in their run-chase. After a brisk start from openers
Brandon King and Shai Hope at 31 for no loss, Krishna struck first blood with
the third ball of his spell as he had Brandon King caught behind on 18. In his
next over, Krishna removed Darren Bravo in a similar fashion, angling one away
from the left-hander and finding a faint edge.
Yuzvendra Chahal, meanwhile, ended Shai Hope’s struggle of
27 from 54 balls before Krishna struck again in his second spell, dismissing
the stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran with an excellent delivery that shaped
away and caught the outside edge to give Rohit Sharma a regulation catch at
The visitors slipped further when Shardul Thakur caught the
splice of Jason Holder’s bat with another into-the-deck delivery, leaving the
West Indies reeling at 76 for five. Shamrah Brooks, Akeal Hosein and Odean
Smith provided some resistance in the lower order to give the tourists some
hope, but wickets at regular intervals continued to dent the West Indies’
progress before Prasidh Krishna returned to apply the finishing touches with
the dismissal of Kemar Roach.
Earlier in the day, India similarly struggled against the
West Indies seamers as the hosts collapsed to 43 for three inside 12 overs. A
much-improved Kemar Roach nicked off Rohit Sharma for five while Odean Smith
removed his opening partner Rishabh Pant and number three Virat Kohli in the
same over to expose the Indian middle order.
Batting at number four on his return to the side, KL Rahul
steadied the ship for India following the early wickets alongside Suryakumar
Yadav. The vice-captain weathered a testing spell from Jason Holder before
cutting loose upon the introduction of Akeal Hosein, carting the left-arm
spinner for a six off his first delivery. Rahul picked up the pace after a
sedate start, but his innings was cut short on 49 after a mix-up between him
and Suryakumar Yadav while running between the wickets.
Yadav carried on following the loss of Rahul to bring up his
second ODI fifty, but the Mumbai batter couldn’t convert it into a big one as
he top-edged a sweep off Fabian Allen to short fine leg on 63. Deepak Hooda
added a vital cameo of 29 to take the hosts past 200, but Alzarri Joseph closed
out the innings strongly to limit the hosts to 237.