West Indies seemingly waited until the middle of the match to go through with their threatened strike action at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi today.
But in reality it was an inept batting performance that saw them slip from 170 for 2 in the 36th over to 215 all out in the 47th, as India won the second One-Day International by 48 runs and levelled the five-match series at 1-1.
Batting first after winning the toss, India were restricted to 263 for 7 in their 50 overs with half-centuries from Virat Kohli (62), Suresh Raina (62) and captain MS Dhoni, an unbeaten 51. Fast bowler Jerome Taylor was the pick of the West Indies’ attack with 3 for 54 in his ten overs.
West Indies had a good opening stand of 64 between Dwayne Smith and Darren Bravo before the latter was dismissed for 26. Smith was joined by Kieron Pollard and they batted enterprisingly to add 72 with Pollard contributing 40. But when the big Trinidadian was bowled by leg-spinner Amit Mishra in the 29th over and that was the initial signal of things to come.
Smith and a very subdued Marlon Samuels took the score from 136 for 2 to 170 before Smith, the mainstay of the innings was bowled off his pads by Mohammed Shami for a run-a-ball 97, his highest ODI score. Smith struck 11 boundaries and two sixes but his dismissal would spell disaster for West Indies.
Samuels then slapped an innocuous delivery from Umesh Yadav into the hands of Kolhi for a painstaking 16 off 38 balls and the rest of the batting then crumbled under the pressure created by India as well as poor shot-selection. West Indies lost their last nine wickets for 79 runs and their last eight for 45.
Shami collected the Man-of-the-Match award for his probing bowling which brought him figures of 4 for 36 in 9.3 overs.
The third ODI is slated for October 14 at Visakhapatnam.