Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul score blazing tons to help India level one-day series

Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul smashed splendid centuries to help India level the three-match series in the second game played at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

The day started with West Indies Captain Kieron Pollard winning the toss and opting to field first in perfect batting conditions. The decision backfired completely as Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul put on a mammoth 227 runs in 37 overs. Lokesh Rahul found form with the bat and notched up his third ton in limited overs cricket.

Rohit Sharma continued his excellent form with the bat and smashed 159 runs off 138 balls with the help of 17 boundaries and 5 sixes. He was well supported by Rahul, who chipped in with 102 runs off 104 balls with the help of eight boundaries and three sixes.

Shreyas Iyer scored a crucial half-century with help of three fours and four sixes, whereas wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant chipped in with 39 runs off 16 balls.

For West Indies, Sheldon Cottrell claimed two wickets and conceded 83 runs in his nine overs. Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph and Captain Kieron Pollard claimed one wicket each.

In pursuit of mammoth 388 runs, Evin Lewis and Shai Hope got the side off to a steady start. Evin Lewis failed to capitalize on his good start and scored 30 runs off 35 balls with the help of five boundaries. Left-arm orthodox spinner Ravendra Jadeja dismissed Shimron Hetymer and Roston Chase to see West Indies lose momentum in their innings.

Wicket-keeper Shai Hope played well and finished the innings with the top-score of 78 runs off 85 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes. Nicholas Pooran also played a brisk innings of 75 runs off 47 balls with the help of six fours and six sixes. Despite Kemo Paul’s late blitz in the end, West Indies were bundled out for 280 runs in 43.3 overs.

For India, pacer Mohammad Shami and spinner Kuldeep Yadav bowled well and claimed three wickets.

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