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Jun 9, 2011

Clinical India ease to win to lead 2-0

Half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel followed up Amit Mishra's career-best bowling to lead India to a seven-wicket victory over West Indies in the rain-affected 2nd One-day International on Wednesday.

Virat Kohli struck six fours and one six in 81 from 103 balls to earn the Man-of-the-Match award, and Patel made 56 from 64 deliveries, as the Indians, chasing a revised target of 183 from 37 overs due to rain, reached their target with 20 balls remaining.

Virat KohliIndia skipper Suresh Raina clinched victory, when he steered a delivery from Ravi Rampaul wide of point for two runs.

India now lead the five-match series 2-0, following a four-wicket victory in the first ODI two days ago at the same venue.

Amit Mishra had upstaged half-centuries from Lendl Simmons and Ramnaresh Sarwan, triggering a batting collapse with a career-best spell, as West Indies posted 240 for nine from their allotted 50 overs.

Amit MishraMishra captured four for 31, as the Windies collapsed dramatically from a comfortable 175 for two in the 36th before the WI skipper Darren Sammy added some late order runs.

Munaf Patel bagged three for 35 from 10 overs, and Yusuf Pathan took two for 51 from eight overs to play their part in destabilising the West Indies' batting.

India suffered an early setback, when Shikhar Dhawan was caught at square cover off Ravi Rampaul for three in the third over. However, a second wicket stand of 120 between Kohli and Patel put India firmly on track, while enduring two stoppages for rain.

Patel was caught behind down the leg-side off leg-spinner Anthony Martin in the 27th over but he had made 56 off 64 by then, and Kohli was caught at long-off off Devendra Bishoo, the other West Indies leggie, in the 31st over. However, at that stage, India required only 10 more runs to achieve the D/L adjusted target and get a 2-0 lead, which Raina and Rohit Sharma duly delivered.

The 3rd ODI will be played on June 11 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.

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