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Second ODI: Sammy helps Windies to level Series

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West Indies managed to keep the 3-match ODI Series alive by winning their do-or-die contest at Visakhapatnam by 2 wickets with just three balls to spare. Asked to bat first, India posted 288 for 7 in the allotted 50 Overs. Virat Kohli was the top scorer of the Indian innings with 99 from 100 balls with 9 fours. Skipper MS Dhoni played a crucial knock of 51 from just 40 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes to lift India from an otherwise modest total to something big.

India struggled to contain West Indies despite taking a couple of early wickets. There was heavy dew on the outfield making life very tough for the Indian spinners and the seamers were easy to score off with the ball nicely coming off the pitch. West Indies had a mixed bag going at the target, getting a couple of good partnerships but losing wickets at regular intervals to keep India’s hopes alive.

The run chase though was smartly sealed by Darren Sammy, who held his nerve to score a match-winning knock of 63 not out from just 45 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes. Apart from him, three more West Indian batsmen – Kieran Powell (56 from 70 balls), Darren Bravo (50 from 54 balls) and Lendl Simmons (62 from 74 balls) scored half centuries.

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