New Delhi: Suresh Raina hit a sparkling 62 while Virat Kohli returned to form with his first half-century in eight months as India posted a competitive 263 for seven against the West Indies in the second cricket One-day International, here today.
Raina carried his splendid T20 form into the match and Kohli regained his lost touch at his home ground as the two players added 105 runs for the fourth wicket after a sedate start by India.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also contributed in India's total with his unbeaten 51 off 40 balls. In his trademark style, Dhoni hit a six and a four off paceman Jerome Taylor to complete his 56th half-century in the last over of the innings.
Raina batted like as if an artist was on work and struck the ball elegantly, effortlessly. His drives, late cuts and one inside-out six off paceman Ravi Rampaul were a treat to watch after India elected to bat.
Raina's assuring presence at one end not only pulled India out of the slump but it also gave Kohli a chance to arrest his slide as the Delhi lad could play freely without having to worry about run-rate. Kohli struggled in the entire England tour, where he could score only one fifty and that too at the tour-ending T20 match.
While Raina scored at a good pace, Kohli was patient in his approach, going for singles and hitting the odd boundary in between.
The stand was broken when Raina miscued a shot off Jerome Taylor and the edge flew to Kieron Pollard at mid-off. Raina's 62 came off 60 balls with five fours and two sixes.
Kohli's 62-run knock was his first ODI fifty since scoring a century against Bangladesh in February this year. His knock came off 78 balls with five shots to the fence.
Before the two joined hands, India were struggling at 74 for three inside 20 overs as the visitors strangled the Indian batting with some courageous effort, especially their pace duo of Rampaul and Taylor.
Taylor was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors as he took three wickets for 54 runs.