Prasidh Krishna New Stars India Cricket Team

India smashed the West Indies by 44 runs in the second One-Day International here on Wednesday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Suryakumar Yadav played a responsible 64-run knock before Prasidh Krishna returned an outstanding four-wicket haul. Surya scored a tenacious 64 to help India register a respectable 237 for nine after being sent to bat. On a ‘Motera’ surface where batting was difficult, the Indian spinners, led by Prasidh (4/12), cleaned out the opponents for 193. Shamarh Brooks led the visitors with 44 points.

Despite the presence of senior players, West Indies have failed to bat their quota of 50 overs for the 11th time in the last 17 games.

The first ODI was won by India by six wickets, and the third will be played on February 11.

West Indies lost opener Brandon King (18) and Darren Bravo (1) early in their chase for a modest 238, with India bowler Prasidh Kumar dismissing both batters.

Shai Hope (27) and Shamarh Brooks (44) attempted to recover the innings but only managed to add 14 runs, with Hope holed out to Suryakumar at long-on off Yuzvendra Chahal (1/45).

At 52/3, the visitors were in serious trouble. Prasidh was on a killing spree, and rival captain Nicholas Pooran (9) was his third victim. For 76 runs, the West Indies lost half of their team.

It was only a question of time from there. Brooks and Akeal Hosein (34), on the other hand, managed to postpone the inevitable. Odean Smith (24) gave the Windies hope, but he, too, came short.

Prasidh’s dismissal of Kemar Roach was a fitting finale to the game. Prasidh was brilliantly assisted by pacer Mohammed Siraj (1/38), Shardul Thakur (2/41), Chahal, Washington Sundar (1/28), and Deepak Hooda (1/24).

The hosts had been reduced to 43 for three after a top-order collapse, but Suryakumar and vice-captain KL Rahul (49) put together a crucial 91-run stand to get the side back on track.

Surya, who scored his second fifty, blended caution with aggression in his 83-ball innings, smashing five fours.

India lost skipper Rohit Sharma (5) cheaply when chasing a wide delivery from bowler Kemar Roach (1/42) and had to settle for Shai Hope when the West Indies chose to field.

After that, Virat Kohli (18), who is playing his 100th ODI for India, was joined by Rishabh Pant (18), who was playing his debut 50-over match.

Kohli’s first boundary came off Roach with a beautiful cover drive in the fifth over, and his second came off the same bowler when he cut behind square.

Roach and Alzarri Joseph (2/36) bowled a tight line, allowing India to reach 22/1 after only two fours in the opening seven overs.

Pant smashed two more fours after his first boundary, a signature pull shot over deep midwicket. However, India were reduced to 43/3 when bowler Odean Smith (2/29) removed both Pant and Kohli in the 12th over.

Smith dismissed Pant first, after the former captain mistimed a pull and gave a sitter to Jason Holder, and then Kohli after the former captain edged to Hope.

Surya, who scored his first four with a drive, was the more aggressive batsman at first, but Rahul then unleashed his arsenal, beginning with a magnificent maximum, a pull shot, off left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (1/39).

India was poised at 91/3 after 25 overs as the two continued ticking the scoreboard.

In his 48-ball innings, Rahul hit four fours and two sixes. But, just as it appeared that they were on their way to a big score, Rahul was run out in the 30th over.

Surya then found a willing partner in Washington Sundar (24), with whom he put up 43 runs for the fifth wicket.

Surya, on the other hand, fell in the 39th over, giving Joseph an easy catch, and Fabian Allen (1/50) grabbed his only wicket.

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Sundar was unable to convert his first start as well. Then India passed the 225-run barrier thanks to Deepak Hooda’s 29 from 25 deliveries.

In the last ten overs, the hosts could only add 54 runs.

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