India v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam

West Indies' last-wicket heroics

Stats highlights from the second ODI in Visakhapatnam

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

December 2, 2011

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Ravi Rampaul hits out on his way to a half-century, India v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam, December 2, 2011
Ravi Rampaul made the highest score by a No.10 batsman in ODIs © AFP
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When the ninth wicket fell for the West Indies with the score on 170, the result all but seemed a formality and India were expected to win at a canter. However, a remarkable 99-run last-wicket stand between Ravi Rampaul and Kemar Roach pushed the score to an extremely competitive 269. Despite early hiccups, India's powerful batting line-up ultimately proved too strong for the inexperienced West Indies bowlers. Here are some interesting stats on the last-wicket stand and other numbers.

  • Rampaul's 86 is the highest score by a No.10 batsman, going past Mohammad Amir's 73 against New Zealand in 2010. During his innings, Rampaul hit six sixes, the most by a No.10 batsman in an ODI.
  • The 99-run stand between Rampaul and Roach is the third-highest last-wicket stand in ODIs. It is also the second-highest tenth-wicket stand in which the two batsmen involved were the No.10 and No.11. Of the top five tenth-wicket partnerships, West Indies have been involved in three, while Pakistan have been involved in the other two.
  • The last-wicket stand lasted 84 balls. This is fourth-highest on the list of most deliveries faced by a tenth-wicket pair in ODIs. The highest is 105 balls, during the 62-run stand between Ajay Jadeja and Javagal Srinath in Sharjah in 2000. The partnership run-rate of 7.07 is also the second-highest for West Indies for all fifty-plus tenth-wicket stands.
  • Virat Kohli scored his eighth century in ODIs and his second in two matches in Visakhapatnam. In the ODI against Australia last year, he has scored 118 to lead India's successful chase of 290. Kohli has now scored five centuries and averages 56.77 in chases.
  • R Ashwin went for 74 runs off his ten overs. This is the third-highest number of runs conceded by an India bowler in a completed spell in an ODI against West Indies, after S Sreesanth and Ajit Agarkar, who conceded 79 and 75 runs respectively in Nagpur in 2007. Ashwin, in conceding six sixes, equalled Yuvraj Singh, who also conceded six sixes at The Oval in 2007. Only Dwayne Leverock of Bermuda has conceded more sixes in an innings (eight against India in 2007).
  • The 163-run stand between Kohli and Rohit Sharma is the second-highest for the fourth wicket for India against West Indies. The highest is 165 between Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh in Colombo, in 2005.
  • Rohit scored his fifth half-century of the year against West Indies. He has scored 434 runs in ten innings against West Indies at an average of 72.33. Rohit's 90 is his third-highest score in ODIs after his 114 and 101 against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka respectively.
  • The target of 270 is the second-highest achieved by India in ODIs against West Indies, after the 325 in Ahmedabad in 2002. The win is also India's 11th consecutive win in home ODIs. They were last defeated at home during the World Cup game against South Africa in Nagpur.
  • Lendl Simmons' 78 is his third-highest score in ODIs and his fourth score in the seventies. He has been dismissed twice in the seventies this year.

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Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 23:48 GMT)

The problem is not with West Indies players, as much as it is with the captain's strategy. He set his fields wrong, not aggressive when needing to be, too aggressive at other times. The batting lineup was bad.Need a seasoned veteran opener to feel things out and create a foundation and build confidence against the seamers.As far as the bowling goes, they need to mix it up more. Spinners can come in early, and mixed pace bowlers working together can seriously screw up the timing and consistency of the opposition. Player selection is highly suspect: we all know that West Indies have a large number of better players sitting on the sideline. And then there is the batters shot selection. They don't seem to put much value on their individual wicket. A CRICKETER'S BAT IS NOT ONLY HIS SWORD, BUT ALSO HIS SHIELD! They tend to forget this. Most of all they need to replace Captain Sammy. The simple fact is that he makes poor decisions in the field when it comes to playing under pressure.

Posted by riverlime on (December 3, 2011, 23:05 GMT)

Wicket keeping is not an easy job, nor is it something everyone can do. You have to have natural reflexes and fast hands. (That is why part-time keepers drop catches and give away byes). You cannot therefore "groom" Bravo to be the keeper. That is something only an armchair umpire would say..... As for Ganga, yes, he is the best captain in the West Indies, but he has resigned the TnT post so that Ramdin can be his successor, and if his plan works, become WI captain as well. (He is a clever fellow, Ganga, isn't he ?) Ganga is aiming higher for himself and we wish him well . He will need all his considerable influence.

Posted by Metman on (December 3, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

Hey ! I am not a fan of Darren Ganga......not worth a place in any WI lineup.....shelf live has expired....Very poor test av.of around 25 in 48 tests...Everton Weekes had a test av.of around 58 from the same no. of tests.........BUT....with ALL things being equal,,if he WAS skipper of this team, and the thinking capt.,that he is,the result could have been different. He and T.Lambert of Jamaica,are the only thinking captains in the WI at present.,and both of them would have given the Indians gripe to get that total !Bravo is pathetic in the field......drop Ramdin, give him his cheque,and send him home....let Bravo keep wicket,and groomed him to be the next keeper( seeing that the selectors don't intend to let Simmons do the job ) ....and bring in Narine....action looks suspect though.Open with either Samuels or Narine with a pacer at the other end.DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT SAMMY,...you are not going to beat India with the same old stuff over and over again,man !

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

I wonder if Amir knows his record has been broking? Anyone gonna send him a message to Feltham YOI !!??

Posted by Dav1daKing on (December 3, 2011, 16:43 GMT)

west indies has a whole lot a issue to address, but takin tings a step at a time. wi cricket can be good again. firstly, there is the issues of the match winners missin in action fo W.I. Gayle, Bravo,Jerome Taylor (if fit) and to a lesser extent, Sarwan. then there is the issue of Captaincy, which in my opinion, a team captain should be a leader capable of being a match winner, to either play a CAPTAIN'S INNINGS or to come in and take vital wickets at important times to give their team a chance of winnin the match.ei, Simmons (i kno captaincy is more than performance, and a captain should know good field placements, when to bowl who, etc, but, seeing all these captains making clueless decisions, he can grow into being a gr8 captain.).and i know sammy has a good bowling average, but that is simply not good enough. sammy is a liability and he's only occupying a place in the 11 that is needed by another player. then there is the issue of finding a wicket-keeper!

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 16:26 GMT)

FOR ME GAYLE, DWAYNE BRAVO, SARWAN, JEROME TAYLOR SHOULD BE REPLACE BY BARATH, POLLARD, SAMMY AND HAYAT. THIS IS A REAL GOOD TIME IF. GAYLE, SIMMONS, SARWAN, DARREN BRAVO, SAMULES, DWAYNE BRAVO, KEEPER, RUSSEL, TAYLOR, RAMPUAL AND ROACH. BUT UNFORTUNATLEY THIS WILL NOT HAPPEND BECAUSE OF THIS IS SAMMY AND RIDICOULIS WICB. FOR THERE EGO 6 YEARS AGO THEY SEND A WEEK TEAM TO SRILANKA MADE THEM SUFFER, 2 YRS AGO AGAINST BAGLADESH AND NOW BANGLADESH HAVE A STANDOUT RECORD AGAINST THE GREAT WI OF THE PAST. AFTER WC 2011 AGAINST PAKISTAN AND INDIA AND NOW AGAIN INDIA MAKING WI RECORD WEEK DAY BY DAY. BECAUSE WICB IS NOT HONEST WITH THEIR COUNTRY.

Posted by insightfulcricketer on (December 3, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

Lets not call Rohit Sharma the real deal yet.All he has done so far is perform against Zimbabwe and West Indies. Let him consistently perform against top 5 teams in meaningful games (where the cause is not lost already) then we should rate him.He has shown lack of temperament before and even in this game his overthrowing just after dropping a simple sitter showed traces of fraility. Game is bigger than the individual this wisdom is lost on Sachin in his pursuit of 100/100s let not a young Rohit lose it early in his career no matter how much Gavaskar and Shastri go ga-ga over him.Those guys too never learnt the fact that cricket is a team sport.

Posted by khiladisher on (December 3, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

@ CHILLED AVENGER-GAMBHIR-KOHLI -RAINA-AND ROHIT SHARMA ARE GAME CHANGERS AND MATCH WINNER IN THE ONE DAY FORMAT-I NEVER MENTIONED TEST MATCHES HERE-THE MATCH WINNING CAPACITIES OF THESE 4 PLAYERS ARE WELL KNOWN-GAMBHIR HAS SCORED 4302 ONE DAY RUNS AT AVG OF 41 AND STRIKE RATE OF 87/KOHLI -2737-AVG-47-STRIKE RATE-84/RAINA 3177 RUNS-AVG-35-STRIKE RATEAMAZING 92 COMING IN AT #7 AND THE HIGHLY TALENTED MAGICIAN ROHIT SHARMA -1700 RUNS AT AVG 35/STRIKE RATE 80/EACH ONE OF THEM MATCH WINNER AT ANY POSITION AND ALSO HAVE SCORED 22 HUNDREDS BETWEEN THEM/ THE INDIAN TEAM WINS MATCHES SOLELY BECAUSE OF THEIR GREAT AND MIGHTY BATTING WHILE AUSSIES WON MAINLY BECAUSE OF GREAT BOWLING AND SUPERIOR FIELDING-THEIR BATTING WAS WORKMANLIKE WITHOUT THE FLAIR.

Posted by AmoY on (December 3, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Are you guys even reading??? it reads : runs conceded by an India bowler in a completed spell in an ODI against West Indies. Its talking about records against WI; of course there are instances of Indian bowlers conceding more runs but thats outside the scope of this topic!!

Posted by Metman on (December 3, 2011, 12:03 GMT)

Ramdin MUST go ! It is unbelievable that the WI selectors have gone back to this man .He looks worse now, behind and in front of the stumps, than before.Will it be Ramdin,then Baugh,then back to Ramdin again......and will it be Baugh again after we get rid of Ramdin,AGAIN?????.Since his return,in 5 innings,he has a total of 60 runs,av 15.00,and trinis want Sammy to go,for Ramdin to take over,Lord have mercy !I think Ramdin in the interest of WI cricket,should do the honourable thing and say he is not worth a place in the team,and go back to TnT,and to give ANY other keeper a chance ....or fake an injury....like others have done,...or work a Morton special.I agree withthe person in another forum,that with a bowling attack that we have, and with that Indian batting lineup,we should have been able to defend 270 .Poor captaincy,Sammy ! Poor strategy coach ! For the next match,select 2 spinners,and open with 1, Sehwag would be kept quiet..surprise the opposition with different tactics !

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