Virat Kohli and Co aim to take lead in series

Tanya Simon
August 12, 2019

India captain Virat Kohli had earlier struck his 42nd One-Day International hundred to become his country's second highest run-scorer in ODIs as the visitors reached 279 for seven off their 50 overs, after choosing to bat first. He brought up his 7th run in the match in the 9th over. "The wicket was not easy, when he came back after getting dismissed, he said the wicket is not that easy", Kumar told reporters after the second ODI.

Gayle was given a standing ovation and a shake of the hand by Kohli when he surpassed Lara's tally, but Bhuvneshwar sent him on his way soon after leg before.

"If Chris Gayle wants to play an ODI series or a T20 series, well, that " s not a problem. We knew if we could get one or two wickets then we would be back in the game. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure of me. First, he put on 40 or the third wicket with Shimron Hetmyer (18) before adding a further 56 for the fourth with Pooran. "The more stops you have, the more you want to be careful to ensure that the players don't injure themselves", Kohli said in a post-match presentation.

With West Indies selection committee not paying heed to his request for a farewell Test match at his home ground, the next two games could well be the last of an eventful and colourful character. "Those two wickets were crucial".

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Despite the second of the two-Test series against India being played at his home ground of Sabina Park in Jamaica from Aug 30-Sept 3, it looks like Gayle's final worldwide appearance in the Caribbean will instead be on Wednesday in the third One-day global at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain.

Iyer's performance was overshadowed by Kohli's, but he was as impressive, with a sensible 71 from 68 balls.

The second ODI of the three-match series was the 300th ODI for Windies opener Chris Gayle. Iyer has a nice attitude as well and is a confident player. Kumar lauded the partnership between the duo and he also complimented Iyer on the maturity he displayed during his innings.

Kohli said the number of left-handers in West Indies team prompted him to play Kuldeep Yadav in place of Yuzvendra Chahal. Following the conclusion of the ODI series, the two teams will feature in two Tests in Antigua and Jamaica.

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