Powell an adequate replacement for Gayle

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The recalled Kieran Powell was pleased to successfully fill the void left by the injured Chris Gayle, as the West Indies beat India by two wickets in Sunday's second ODI in Visakhapatnam.

The recalled Kieran Powell was pleased to successfully fill the void left by the injured Chris Gayle, as the West Indies beat India by two wickets in Sunday's second ODI in Visakhapatnam.

Powell and fellow half-centurions Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons and Darren Sammy saw the Windies surpass a formidable opposition total of 288 for seven, which was built on the back of the in-form Virat Kohli's fine 99, with three balls to spare.

The talented opener, drafted into the XI after Gayle sustained a hamstring injury in last week's series opener in Kochi, orchestrated a patient 59 from 70 deliveries – seven fours and a solitary six included.

"There was no pressure. I cannot play the way Chris plays, there was definitely no pressure on me. I just wanted to play my game and enjoy it and it worked in our favour and we won," said Powell.

"We'll be very confident after this win taking the momentum into the next match. It is a day match, so totally different in terms of dew. It's up north so it might be a bit cooler but we just have to assess the conditions and play accordingly."

While host captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lamented conditions, which were increasingly influenced by dew during the second innings, Powell implored the visiting batsmen to convert half-tons into centuries – come the third and final fixture in Kanpur on Wednesday.

"Luck is part of any sport. Fortunately for us we made the right decision to bowl first. There was quite heavy dew and the ball got a bit wet so it had to be changed a few times. It worked in our favour and that's just part of the game," he added.

"We believe we can beat anybody anywhere in any conditions. It's just for us to put the pieces of the puzzle together now. Obviously, we have not been playing good cricket on this tour.

"We have not been building partnerships, nobody has been carrying on from good starts. Unfortunately nobody carried on today and got a century but we had enough performances to get the job done. So we're looking forward to building on that from here."

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