Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Kuldeep 'amazing with what he does with the ball' - Kohli

Yuvraj was demoted in the batting order as all-rounder Hardik Pandya was given a chance to have a crack at the Windies bowler as Indian top order had set a flawless platform for him to play freely. India won the second ODI while the first was called off due to rain.

Courtesy of Ajinkya Rahane's 3rd ODI ton and fifty-plus scores from Shikhar Dhawan (63) and India skipper Virat Kohli (87), India posted a mammoth total of 310 runs in 43 overs in the 2nd ODI that was played at the same venue.

The West Indies batting line-up with the likes of Evin Lewis (15 ODIs), Kieran Powell (38 ODIs), Shai Hope (14 ODIs) and Jason Mohammed (12 ODIs) may find it hard to resist the formidable Indian bowling.

In the first game in Southampton, fifties from AB de Villiers and Farhaan Behardien helped South Africa reach 142 for three - a target that was achieved easily by England in 14.3 overs with nine wickets in hand riding on an unbeaten 60 from Jonny Bairstow and a quick 47 from Alex Hales.

This is a five-match ODI series so Virat will be looking to give a chance to the youngsters who have just come in the side for the West Indies Tour.

"In this series, he has batted really well in both the games".

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Talking about Rahane's knock, Kohli said that he always had faith in the batsman's abilities. "Credit to him for putting up such a performance", he said. He wants to make it count in the shorter format also. Today, the way he paced himself I thought was really, really nice.

"He can be that floater for us in the middle order".

"A wrist spinner is a bonus and it augurs well for us keeping the 2019 World Cup in mind".

Captain Jason Holder (29) tried to get the big shots without any success as Kuldeep and Ravichandran Ashwin (1/47) gave him very few of them.

Kohli said after the win: "Jinks (Rahane) has great potential at the top of the order, but when Rohit and Shikhar as an opening partnership play well in one-day cricket then that becomes a powerful package for us. So, I see him providing more balance to us as a side, like we can take an extra bowling option when he is there".

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