A superb hundred from Virat Kohli powered India to victory over the West Indies in the second one-day international at Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Much had been made of Kohli’s inability to convert fifties into hundreds at the recent Cricket World Cup, but the Indian skipper looked back to his majestic best as his knock of 120 (125) pushed India to a target of 279/7 – a figure the West Indies fell 59 runs short of by via the DLS method in a rain-affected encounter.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar spearheaded the Indian attack in the second innings – his figures of 4 for 31 from 8 overs hampering the Windies ability to chase the target at every step.
The win ensured India cannot lose the three-match ODI series via a one-nil lead with one to play, and safeguarded India’s undefeated streak on the tour, having swept the three-match T20 series three-nil in the first week of August.
Perhaps the bigger story of the match, however, were the number of records that fell or were surpassed.
Another day, another record broken by Virat Kohli 🙌
With his splendid 120 against West Indies, he went ahead of Sourav Ganguly to No.8️⃣ on the list of all-time run-scorers in ODIs.
— ICC (@ICC) August 12, 2019
Chris Gayle, in his 300th 50-over international became the Windies’ all-time leading run scorer in ODIs (10,353), surpassing the legendary Brian Lara (10,348) with his score of 11.
Virat Kohli moved up into eighth place on the all-time list of ODI run-scorers, leaping ahead of fellow countryman Sourav Ganguly in the process. Sachin Tendulkar’s imposing mark of 18,426 still leads the way by some considerable margin, but at 30-years-of-age, Kohli will back himself to eat up the 7,020-run deficit over the course of the next decade.
Javed Miandad’s mantle of being the highest run-scorer versus the West Indies in ODIs was passed to Kohli. The Indian talisman’s tally now stands at 2,000 runs versus the men from the Caribbean – 70 more than the previous record held by the Pakistani great.
James Anderson will play for Lancs second XI as his rehabilitation steps up.
Smith underwent a “precautionary scan” of his neck that thankfully had not revealed any structural damage.
“I think it was important that we bounced back strongly after Edgbaston and I think we’ve certainly done that.”
Jofra Archer has changed the mood if not the scoreline.
Steve Smith out, Marnus Labuschagne in.
Woakes enjoyed Archer v Smith just as much as the rest of us.
The marquee might read England v Australia, but we all know it’s Steve Smith v Jofra Archer
Thankfully, Smith appears to have suffered no lasting damage.
Olly Stone has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a partial lower back stress fracture.
It’ll take a superb spell of bowling or a shambolic batting collapse for either side to win from here.