West Indies v India, tri-series, Port-of-Spain July 6, 2013

Bonus-point relief for Kohli

ESPNcricinfo staff

Virat Kohli, in his second match as captain, smacked an 83-ball 102 to power India to a tall score against West Indies, but he said that earning a bonus point was more satisfying than his innings.

India were in a difficult position in the tri-series before the start of the match because they had lost their first two games - the second against Sri Lanka being one of their heaviest defeats - and needed to win this match to keep their chances afloat. India's much-vaunted batting line-up had struggled for fluency at Sabina Park, but at Queen's Park Oval the openers responded with a 123-run opening stand to set an ideal platform. Kohli, despite limited support from other middle-order batsmen, ensured it wasn't wasted.

"We got a good start. It's a bit of a tricky situation if you go in after a good start," Kohli said. "You don't know whether to play yourself in or go after the bowlers. To get a hundred in my second game as captain, I am pretty happy. I was getting good starts, but hitting that one shot straight to the fielder, so I was waiting for this big innings. But more than the hundred, I am happy we won with a bonus point."

Darren Sammy credited Kohli for lifting India's score beyond 300, but said that West Indies' bowlers could have bowled better. The fast bowlers were expensive and even Sunil Narine wasn't able to control the flow of runs, giving away 35 in his five overs.

"We have to give credit to Kohli and the Indians for the way they played. We did not bowl as well as we know we can," Sammy said. "That is one area where we went wrong today. India played really well. They knew they had to come hard at us, to get a win and stay in the tournament, and they did just that."

Chasing 312, West Indies lost Chris Gayle early to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who struck again in his next over to dismiss Darren Bravo. A rain disruption added to West Indies' woes as the target was readjusted to 274 off 39 overs, but none of the West Indian batsmen stayed long enough to put up a challenge.

"The way Kohli played just goes to show what can happen when a set batsman stays in to the end of the innings," Sammy said. "We had two very good innings in Jamaica when Chris [Gayle] got a hundred against Sri Lanka and [Johnson] Charles got 90 against India to win those two matches for us, but we did not get any real big partnerships going today."

West Indies are still placed at the top of the table with nine points and need to win their next match against Sri Lanka to confirm their entry into the final.

"We are still very much in the tournament. Today we lost but there is need to panic," Sammy said. "We are still at the top of the points table and we have all to play for when we face Sri Lanka on Sunday. We still believe we can win this tournament. We will regroup and look to bounce back when we meet Sri Lanka on Sunday and look to move into the final."

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  • perry on July 9, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    west indies need to drop pollard and samuels.bring deonarine in now.nobody in WI one day team bats out and innings.bring back chandapaul.

  • Harry on July 6, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Btw, great performance by India to get a bonus point win & that too against the host nation. Well done Team.

  • Jayaesh on July 6, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Warren Mendes, what an ridiculous and outrageous claim to make, if high TV rating were the criteria then India should have won all the tournaments it entered, it should have won all the world cups, all the marquee test series etc. TV ratings are no guarrantee for winning , if that was the case then overhyped kick and rush English premier league clubs would not have crashed before the Q/F stage of this season's CL !!! stop making irresponsible statements ... Cricinfo please publish ...

  • Subramani on July 6, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Warren Mendes is probably a Sri Lankan. If that is indeed the case I understand his concern for Sri Lanka's well being in the tournament. But he should know that West Indies are the hosts and they have a proud tradition. They would only be concerned about winning the game. Sri Lanka could further their cause tomorrow.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    The only mistake kohli has done in the earlier match with SL is to opt for fielding and as a result three SL batsmen massacred Indians brutally. The mistake was rectified yesterday and rain-god also favored India. Reasons may be different but the result is pleasant. good going indeed

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Delhi is capital of India...so Indian players are like delhi...how??? Delhi is extreme hot is Summer ..................... and Extreme coll in winter.....so India like Delhi...if we played we win extreme level of difference and if we fall in game the match goes one side...very starting stage we know India will loss the match....Hope its right....One more thing i want to share as a India...I dont know how is dhonis Humarous....but he is very good caption....In Kollywood there is one film released NERAM...it means if your time is bad you do any good things also will go wrong....if your time is good your bad things also will be good..now the dhoni time is good...any wrong things also going good for Indian team....we want Gambhir and Sehwag we are not supporting we need the senior players..now everybodys new in the opening...Rohit sharma and Dhawan in playing well...middle order is question mark now....only good player is Dhoni... Thanks to Indian cricket player to keep India no 1 in crik.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    I have only superlative comments about Kohli..He only keeps getting better every year. He has already won an ICC award for player of the year or ODI player of the year..at a young age.. He sorted his game out a few years ago when he used to go for his shots and throw his wicket...What a transformation ! He has already realized his potential and the sky is the limit for Kohli. Some like Rohit Sharma and Rahane need to learn from him how to live up to expectations and realize potential. B.Kumar also deserves mention..Uncanny ability to get early breakthroughs..and helpful lower order bat.. What I would truly like is to play Tests against England in England..I believe it was 4-0 last time. India will run England close this time with all these promising new players...Unleash Dhawan, Kohli, B.Kumar and Umesh Yadav on England and let us see what happens..

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Congrats Indian cricket team. But please don't be too complacent. Still you need to cross the hurdle of winning Sri Lanka and that to winning with bonus point, so that they don't wait for mathematical calculation if all the times locks on same points.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    it was unfiar to criticise kohli after the last loss against sril lanka..It was his his 1st match as captain and you take some time to settle down..But what an amazing innings he played yesterday under pressure..he is the best odi batsmen india have at the moment..also, the best batsmen to bat in pressure situations

  • subbarao on July 6, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Awesome, Truly world class. Way 2 go!

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