Windies wilt again

AHMEDABAD, India – West Indies’ two-decade wait for a series success on Indian soil continued yesterday after another top order implosion rendered an otherwise straightforward run chase difficult, and sent them to a humbling 44-run defeat in the second One-Day International.

Opting to bowl first at the Narendra Modi Stadium, West Indies did well to limit the hosts to 237 for nine off their 50 overs, with seamers Odean Smith (2-29) and Alzarri Joseph (2-36) grabbing a couple of wickets apiece.

Suryakumar Yadav top-scored with 64 from 83 balls while KL Rahul struck 49 off 48 deliveries, the pair putting on 91 for the fourth wicket to rescue India from a dodgy position of 43 for three in the 12th over.

In reply, Shai Hope (27) and Brandon King (18) posted 32 for the first wicket to lay the foundation before lively pacer Prasidh Krishna (4-12) crippled the innings with an outstanding spell, to send the Caribbean side crashing to 193 all out in 46 overs.

Elegant Shamarh Brooks arrived to lash a top score of 44 off 64 balls while Akeal Hosein chipped in with 34, but neither could halt West Indies’ slide towards their 13th defeat in their last 19 ODIs against India inside the last five years.

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