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Ravi Rampaul escalates West Indies

Zia Rana December 2, 2011

Ravi Rampaul became the highest scorer in One Day Internationals history by thrashing unbeaten 86 runs while batting at no.10.

Ravi Rampaul

Ravi Rampaul scored unbeaten 86 against India in 2nd ODI

West Indies scored 269 for the loss of nine wickets at the end of the allotted 50 overs against India in the second ODI.
The match was played at Dr. Y.S, Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakapatnam, India, on December 2, 2011.

Indian Captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and put the visitors in to bat as the groundsman informed him about the dew factor in the second innings.

The Caribbeans had and awkward start as they lost their first wicket at just three runs when Adrian Barath was declared leg before wicket off Umesh Yadav on a duck.

Simmons availed all scoring chances while defending his wicket as well and dispatched two fours in the fifth over. He was dropped on the second ball of the very next over by Rohit Sharma and en-cashed the opportunity.

The second wicket fell at 25 runs when the promising Darren Bravo walked in to bat and a lot was expected of him. He tried to give a vital support to Simmons by occasional boundaries but was the third batsman to become victim of the rival bowling.

He was gone at 55 runs at his personal score of 13 runs which was the start of disaster for the tourists and the wickets started falling like nine pins.

Lendl Simmons was holding one end with confidence and there was hardly any assistance from the other end. The fifth wicket was gone at 63 runs in 16.1 overs when Kieron Pollard joined in with Simmons.

He was in aggressive mood and insisted to score in boundaries more than in singles and hammered two sixes on the consecutive deliveries to Ravichandran Ashwin but revenge was taken by the bowler on the last ball of the same over.
The sixth wicket partnership contributed 56 runs and fell at 119 runs and it all depended on Simmons who was the ninth batsman to go back to the pavilion. He was unluckily run out after scoring 78 runs off 102 balls with the assistance of one six and eight fours.

The ninth wicket was lost at 170 runs in 35.6 overs and it looked difficult for the Windies to play off 50 overs.
It was the time to create a history for Ravi Rampaul who was the no.10 batsman being supported by Kemar Roach at the other end. He took complete charge of the situation and started punishing the Indian attack towards all corners of the park.

He started pounding in the 37th over while hitting a six over deep mid wicket on the second ball followed by a four on the next ball. The most economical bowler and ‘Player of the series’ in three Tests, Ashwin was lashed for two towering sixes in the very next over and completed his maiden ODI fifty on the second ball of the 40th over.

Rampaul continued with the onslaught and surpassed the best individual score in ODI by no.10 batsman previously held by Mohammad Amir of Pakistan once he scored 73 runs against New Zealand on November 9, 2009 at Abu Dhabi.
West indies scored 269 runs for the loss of nine wickets at the end of the 50th over. Rampaul remained unbeaten on 86 runs off 66 balls assisted with 6 sixes and even fours as Roach contributed 24 runs without being dismissed.

Rampaul created the unique world record while becoming the only batsman in ODI history by smashing 86 runs and gave an out right chance to his side for leveling the series already held 1-0 by India.

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