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02 July, 2017

Ajinkya Rahane followed up his ton in the last match with a becalmed 72 at the top of the order before Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scored with a near run-a-ball 78, while Jadhav's 40 from 26 deliveries gave India's innings some late impetus.

Kedar's unbeaten 40 filled with unorthodox shots went a long way in India getting past the 250-run mark on a hard track.

The duo put on a partnership of 70 runs off 96 balls to help the visitors recover.

Before the five-match series in the Caribbean, Ajinkya Rahane last played an ODI against England in January 2017.

With this ravishing performance of his, the Ranchi-based cricketer became the second highest run-getter as a wicketkeeper in ODI history with 9442 runs from 294 matches.

India captain Virat Kohli said that MSD stepped up when the team needed him. MS at the end along with Kedar finished it really well.

"When myself and Mahi bhai (Dhoni) and before that Yuvi paaji (Yuvraj) were batting, we decided on a total of around 225-230".

She assumed leadership of the squad almost two years ago and presided over their capture of the Twenty20 World Cup last year. Umesh Yadav combined with Hardik Pandya to remove top order as the offie Ravichandran Ashwin and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav scalped three wickets each to demolish the middle order. However, Kuldeep Yadav continued the impressive performace and got the crucial wicket of Powell to bring India back into the game.

Despite the disappointing performance against the Aussies, Taylor said her side had analysed their performance and backed themselves to give an improved showing. "I think it was the nature of the wicket (what made the knock special)".

"We stuck to the (bowling) plan, it was a good toss to win and I thought the spinners really turned the match". It is a big game but I am very hopeful of doing much better against India.

The 20-year-old left-hander from Mumbai returned undefeated on 106 as India chased down a 184-run target with more than seven overs and seven wickets to spare on Thursday. Also, the place of Ashley Nurse will be under scanner heading into this do or die game.

"I would rather lose a first game than at the back end where you know you need it the most", she noted. It is important to raise your hands and perform. "We have quite a few players who haven't had a game in a while", Kohli said when he was asked about India's next game against the Windies. "It is important to have a look at them and figure out where they stand in pressure situations", said Kohli before signing off.

The Indian eves will next take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their next game on July 2.


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