New Delhi: Cricketers are known to be superstitious and senior pro Yuvraj Singh once again showed that as he came out to bat at the fall of Hardik Pandya’s wicket wearing his jersey from the just concluded Champions Trophy. The change of jersey did not bring change in luck as he was dismissed for just 14 off 10 balls in the closing stages of the India innings.
Despite Yuvraj’s poor outing, India produced a stunning all-round performance to thrash West Indies by 105 runs in the second ODI at the Queen's Park Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the five match series on Sunday.
The bowlers stunned the hosts with their impeccable line and length after India's top three came up with the goods as the Men in Blue recorded their biggest ever victory in West Indies.
Chasing a mammoth target of 311, West Indies got off to the worst start possible as Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Kieron Powell for a duck. Bhuvi wasn't done there as in his next over he got rid of Jason Mohammed for make it 4/2.
Shai Hope and Evin Lewis then stitched an 89-run stand for the fourth wicket to steady the ship. Hope also slammed his second ODI half-century in the process.
But the partnership was finally broken by Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who got rid of Lewis to pick his first ODI wicket of his career. Kuldeep then removed Hope for 81 and with that went away any chance of a West Indies victory.
Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane smashed his third ODI hundred as India produced a dominating batting display to pile on 310 for 5 in their second cricket ODI.
Put into bat, India dashed West Indies hopes of any early breakthrough on a damp-looking pitch as they negotiated the initial overs without losing any wicket before launching on the erratic home side bowlers to post a big total after the match was reduced to 43-over a side due to rain.
Rahane (103) and his opener partner Dhawan (63) laid a strong foundation with a 114-run stand and despite a bit of a wobble in the middle overs, India went past 300 with captain Virat Kohli stamping his class with a 66-ball 87 later in the innings.