West Indies beat India by six wickets in second ODI to level series 1-1

West Indies put up a disciplined bowling performance, with Gudakesh Motie (3/36) and Romario Shepherd (3/37) restricting India to 181 runs in the second ODI. Although Ishan Kishan (55) saw India off to a good start, the team struggled to capitalise on it, as the batters struggled with the pitch conditions, which was aided by bounce.

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In reply, the hosts managed to secure a convincing six-wicket win in just 36.4 overs thanks to an unbeaten half-century by Shai Hope (63) and a crucial 91-run partnership with Keacy Carty (48 not out).

The hosts began steadily, with Kyle Mayers and Brandon King setting up a fifty partnership. However, Thakur dismissed Mayers and King in quick succession, giving India some hope of a comeback.

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However, Hope’s stay at the crease allowed the West Indies to maintain good pace in their innings. Kuldeep Yadav removed Shimron Hetmyer, but Hope and Carty kept rotating the strike, guiding the home team towards their target.

Earlier, despite a solid opening partnership of 90 runs between Kishan and Shubman Gill, the Men in Blue struggled against the West Indies’ bowlers, particularly when rain interrupted play. This led to India losing quick wickets, including stand-in captain Hardik Pandya and Sanju Samson. Eventually, India ended their innings at a mere 181 runs.

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This win for the West Indies marked their first ODI victory against India in their last 10 encounters, levelling the three-match series 1-1.

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