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Ajinkya Rahane scored a century © Getty Images

After the first One-Day International (ODI) got rain-washed, India won the second ODI against West Indies to kickstart their journey on a positive note. At the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad on Sunday, India scored 310 for 5 after the match was forced to be curtailed to 43 overs each side due to rain. The visitors later restricted West Indies for 205 for 6 in their 43 overs, winning the match by 105 runs. Ajinkya Rahane scored a century while Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli both scored half-centuries. For West Indies, Shai Hope was the lone warrior with the bat with his 81. Debutant Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with a 3-for while Bhuvneshwar Kumar was at his usual best bagging 2 wickets at a brilliant economy. Full cricket scorecard: India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI

Reported AFP, Rahane’s well-paced 103 in another dominant opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan (63) set the tone for the tourists after they were put in to bat in heavily overcast and damp conditions. Kohli then picked up the pace even further when Dhawan departed after a first-wicket partnership of 114, the left-hander being deceived by Ashley Nurse to be stumped. It was the off-spinner’s only success of the innings although Nurse was by far the best of the West Indies bowlers, conceding just 38 runs off nine overs. Rahane eventually reached three figures with a boundary off Miguel Cummins.

However the medium-pacer got his revenge in the same over when the batsmen attempted an ungainly heave and was bowled for 103.

Rahane’s innings occupied 104 deliveries and was embellished by two sixes and ten fours.

Having dominated a 97-run second-wicket partnership with Rahane, Kohli made centre stage all his own in the final assault.

He seemed destined to reach another ODI hundred to the delight of a decent contingent of visiting Indian fans when he was caught at long-off by Nurse off Alzarri Joseph for 87 off 66 balls in the penultimate over, a thoroughly entertaining effort highlighted by four towering sixes and four fours.

West Indies’ indiscipline in the field added to the challenge and their woes were encapsulated by a horrific final over delivered by their captain Jason Holder.

He conceded 20 runs, bowled three no balls and had to be pulled out of the attack with one ball left because two of those no balls were delivered over waist-high to the batsman on strike.

It was left to Jonathan Carter to complete the over and the innings, encapsulating a shoddy effort overall by the home side.

Promoted to open the batting, Hope was the lone bright light in the West Indies response, his attacking innings off 88 balls with three sixes and five hours keeping slim hopes alive until he fell leg-before to Kuldeep Yadav.

Having his first bowl in ODIs, the left-arm wrist-spinner conceded 32 runs off his first four overs but then tasted success by having Evin Lewis stumped before adding the scalps of Hope and Holder to complete a miserable day for the Caribbean side’s leader.