Windies beat India in second ODI
Hosts level the series with a crushing eight-wicket win.
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2009 00:42 GMT

Runako Morton celebrates the winning run as Dhoni looks on [AFP] 

Runako Morton hit an unbeaten 85 to guide the West Indies to a convincing eight-wicket victory over India, tying the four-match one-day series at 1-1.

India made a modest 188 in Kingston after a patient 95 from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni rescued them from 82 for eight, but West Indies seamer Ravi Rampaul responded to his recall with impressive figures of four for 37.

West Indies won with over 15 overs to spare as Morton and captain Chris Gayle made a thundering start by leading their side to 69 without loss in the first 10 overs.

Dominant performance

Left-hander Gayle bludgeoned 64 in 46 balls, including eight fours and two sixes, before he fell to a superb diving catch on the boundary from Gautam Gambhir off spinner Rohit Sharma to end the partnership at 101.

Although Sharma had Ramnaresh Sarwan stumped for 15, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (18 not out) joined Morton to seal victory with more than 15 overs to spare.

Morton clinched the win by blasting Harbhajan Singh for a huge six over mid-on.

The West Indies seamers did the damage with Dwayne Bravo and Jerome Taylor taking three wickets each along with Rampaul's four.

The match was in marked contrast to the opening game of the series on the same wicket when India won by 20 runs after 658 runs were scored.

Superb bowling

ODI scorecard

India innings
D Karthik c Ramdin b Taylor 4
G Gambhir c Ramdin b Rampaul 0
R Sharma c Morton b Rampaul 0
Yuvraj Singh c Ramdin b Taylor 35
MS Dhoni b Taylor 95
Y Pathan c Gayle b Bravo 0
R Jadeja c Ramdin b Rampaul 7
Harbhajan Singh c Ramdin b Bravo 7
P Kumar c Gayle b Rampaul 1
RP Singh c Benn b Bravo 23
A Nehra not out 0
Extras 16
Total (all out; 48.2 overs) 188

West Indies innings
C Gayle c Gambhir b Sharma 64
R Morton not out 85
R Sarwan st Dhoni b Sharma 15
S Chanderpaul not out 18
Extras  10
Total (two wickets; 34.1 overs) 192

India were always struggling after Rampaul and Taylor produced a devastating opening spell to have the tourists reeling at seven for three.

Yuvraj Singh, a century-maker in Friday's first ODI won by India, struck a sprightly 35 from 33 balls but his departure when caught behind by Ramdin off Taylor prompted a second slump.

The outswing generated by Rampaul and Taylor was the key factor and the first eight wickets in the India innings were all caught by either keeper or the slip cordon.

"I don't think there was that much in it for the bowlers, they bowled really well, they were swinging the ball well and it when it stopped swinging they were able to get reverse swing," Dhoni said.

"I think it was a good wicket.

"Before we knew it we had three down. Once you are in that situation you are just playing catch-up," he said.

The series continues in St. Lucia on Friday and Sunday.

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