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Gayle Becomes Windies Highest ODI Scorer But India Win Second ODI

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Rahkeem Cornwall

Set a revised target of 270 off 46 overs when rain interrupted play during their chase, West Indies were on course at 179 for four in the 35th over but then crashed to 210 all out with four overs to spare as seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar triggered the slide with figures of four for 31.

India posted 7-279 after winning the toss at Queen's Park Oval and choosing to bat. Also giving him a good company from the other end was Shreyas Iyer, who scored 71 runs 68 deliveries. In the process, Kohli surpassed Javed Miandad's tally of 1,930 runs to become the highest run-scorer in ODIs against the Windies. However, when he crossed seven, he became the highest run-getter for West Indies in the format as he went past Brian Lara's record of 10405 runs.

Iyer, who scored two fifties for India A during their tour of West Indies last month, said familiarity with the conditions gave him the confidence of doing well in the ODI series.

His remarks come after Kohli's knock of 120 runs in the match.

Battling cramps, Lewis carried on and registered his fifty half-century.

Evin Lewis top scored for the West Indies with an 80-ball 65.

Shami polished off the tail, picking up the wickets of Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas. But Kohli knew he had to bat big as openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were dismissed cheaply.

While Kohli looked in great nick from the onset, Rohit struggled to rotate the strike and played the second fiddle. At 101 for 3, West Indies had India under pressure but also had to find a way to tackle the Kohli threat.

The duo shared 74 runs for the second wicket off 90 balls.

Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes Shreyas Iyer is better suited for the number four spot in ODIs than Rishabh Pant and should be given a permanent slot in the Indian middle-order.

"God has given us such a wonderful life and opportunity to play for the country, so I think it is important to enjoy these small moments".

When Kohli revealed that he was exhausted once he reached 65, Chahal remarked "Breaking News: Even our skipper gets tired". Iyer was bowled around his legs as he went across the stumps for an extravagant shot. "If one doesn't perform, the next one raises his hand and he takes the responsibility to take the team through and this is what has been happening throughout the year". His first hundred against the West Indies came in 2011 in Visakhapatnam. However, West Indies managed to pick up quick wickets after their dismissal to ensure that India didn't cross the 300-run mark.

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