Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
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Gayle awaits breaking Lara's aggregate ODI run record

Gayle awaits breaking Lara's aggregate ODI run record

Bhuvneshwar Kumar says he was not anxious about India failing to defend a total of 279 in the second ODI against West Indies at Port-of-Spain on Sunday, because he felt a couple of wickets could turn the match around in a flash.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli needed just 19 runs to get to past Javed Miandad's tally of most ODI runs against runs.

Australia's Mark Waugh is a distant third with 1708 runs from 47 matches, followed by South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis (1666 runs in 40 matches) and Pakistan's Rameez Raja (1624 runs in 53 matches).

"It's really important for me as a youngster, coming into the side after a year again to cement my position", Shreyas Iyer said on Saturday ahead of the second ODI.

Virat Kohli went past Sourav Ganguly to become the eighth highest ODI run-getter.

Adding to Windies' woes, the swashbuckling southpaw Chris Gayle, who is set to hang his boots from ODIs after this series, showed a lacklustre performance with 4 runs off 31 balls when the team expected him to launch fireworks. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure of me.

"We knew that anything over 270 would be challenging".

"From Virat's expression you could see that he badly wanted to score a 100, not because he was out of form, but because he was getting out in the 70s and 80s and he always looking to score big runs", said Bhuvneshwar. We lost crucial wickets at the end.

When left-hander Rishabh Pant fell for 20 in the 23rd over, bowled trying to pull a length ball from Brathwaite, India were in need of a partnership and got it through Kohli and Iyer.

Kohli played a knock of 120 runs whereas Iyer went on to make 71 runs.

Prior to the World Cup match against India in Manchester in June, Gayle expressed his desire to play one final Test match, preferably at his home ground Sabina Park in Kingston.

India swept the Twenty20 series 3-0. "He represents a key part of West Indies future and we do not want to rush him back".

Inclement weather forced the abandonment of the first one-day global between the West Indies and India at the Guyana National Stadium on Thursday, after Chris Gayle was made to wait for the hosts' ODI run-scoring record.

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