West Indies vs India,2nd ODI Match – Video Highlights Online
50 overs West Indies 240 for 9 (Sarwan 56, Samuels 53, Mishra 4-31) v India
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It's a familiar tale for the followers of modern West Indies cricket. They put behind them disappointment, make a good start, capitalise on it in the middle part, but the last mile proves to be the longest. It last happened this past Saturday when they were all over India with the ball, but lost all discipline and control in the last five overs. Today with the bat, they got off to a solid start, ensured minimal damage to the spin threat of Amit Mishra, accumulated steadily in the first 40 overs to reach 192 for 3, and then lost four wickets for five runs, reaching only 240 in the end. Oh well.
The captain and coach could chose from a variety of things to be upset with. Two well-set batsmen, Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels, were stumped to a part-time bowler. Another half-centurion, Ramnaresh Sarwan, got out to a full toss. Kieron Pollard joined Dwayne Bravo in the 42nd over, and immediately they took the Batting Powerplay. Immediately Pollard went back. Bravo was caught at long-off soon, and when the catch was completed he had not even left his crease, just in case the catch be dropped, an image that summed up the sudden brain freeze. That they still managed to reach their highest score of the season that is seven-matches old, beating 221, speaks volumes of how ordinary the season has been.
Mishra, who worked hard in a first spell of 6-1-19-1, was only too happy to provide rope to the batsmen intent on suicide, finishing with another maiden and three more wickets. Simmons and Sarwan had worked hard in denying Mishra in that first spell. Even then, with a newish ball Mishra was beating outside edges with balls pitched outside leg. The googly was a mystery for the majority of that spell.
Mishra's first success ended a promising start to the innings. Edwards had made a huge improvement on a career strike-rate of 56 in his 25 off 28, taking calculated risks and making sure West Indies didn't stagnate as Simmons felt his way into his innings. It came with a legbreak that took the glove and ended the 57-run stand.
Sarwan, replacing Darren Bravo at No. 3, made a slow start, but was offset by Simmons, who had begun to accelerate. He read a Mishra googly and tonked it over long-on, and then began to target Yusuf Pathan, the fifth bowler, introduced in the 21st over. Simmons reached his fifty in the 25th over before going on to demonstrate why he has seven of those and no century. Before charging at Yusuf, he posted his intents on Twitter, and was beaten by the short, big offbreak to be stumped down the leg side.
Samuels was more subtle and powerful in his attack. He played nice-looking shots in his 32-ball 36, working well with the slow but stable Sarwan, but then he went to hit Yusuf for a second six in the 36th over. Yusuf responded well, bowling even slower, tossing it even higher, and pushing it wider outside off. Stumped.
Until then Sarwan had been decent in knocking the odd single around, slightly better at that than in the first match. However, a strike-rate in 60s would need some correcting towards the end. In the 41st over, though, he summed up what has been missing in his recent efforts. Four out of the first five balls he played with hard hands and straight to the fielder at point. Finally when a full toss arrived, he lofted it to deep midwicket.
Thus began the collapse. Pollard moved too far across sweeping, Bravo didn't pick the googly, and Carlton Baugh may as well have had his eyes shut when he slogged at Mishra, connecting only thin air. Captain Darren Sammy, who might have a lot to say to his team, resurrected the situation somewhat with a 19-ball 22, but West Indies were far short of what they had looked good for.