Kohli retains No. 1 spot, Ashwin returns to top five


Even VVS Laxman enjoyed the match last night. The match ended with no result after India cut through the West Indies early in the match by getting them all out for just 144 and then themselves raced to 15 no loss.

India's One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 captain M S Dhoni has backed Virat Kohli to take over as skipper believing that the national team will dominate the Test arena and become the No 1 side at the end of the season. "If you compare the two games, you'd wonder if we were playing on the same wicket!" he exclaimed. "It is a good venue to continue cricket", he added.

Dhoni, however, said his bowlers would need to adjust quickly and reassess their game plan in a scenario where the opposition batsmen were going after them by raining fours and sixes, just like the West Indians did.

"Yes it will be a bit cramped (in terms of schedule) for worldwide cricketers but I don't think the modern cricketers mind it". It will also let us spend more time in the USA (unlike this time) when we played back-to-back games. Also, the money making ability of this place, the spectators will come, the time suits broadcasters. So it is a win-win situation.

The West Indies side under the captaincy of new captain Carlos Braithwaite won their first t20 match.

Spinners Amit Mishra - who replaced seaming all-rounder Stuart Binny - and R. Ashwin picked up five wickets between them.

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However, Dhoni said he has played in worse conditions during his career, citing the example of 2011 tour of England.

Evin Lewis made a sublime century in the Windies' incredible victory on Saturday, but fell for just seven this time around as fellow opener Johnson Charles top scored with 43 after the start was delayed for 40 minutes due to technical issues.

The bowlers continued to apply the brakes with Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah getting rid of Lendl Simmons (19) and Marlon Samuels (5) respectively with the total on 76 by the 10th over.

Brathwaite (18) smashed a six and four off Mishra in the 18th over but the captain was bowled off the Indian's last ball of his impressive spell.

U.S. witnessed West Indies batting charisma as openers Johnson Charles (79) and Evin Lewis (100) hammered Indian bowlers all-round the park to post massive 245 runs for the loss of six wickets. While West Indies took the first match, India dominated the second.