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WI Vs IND, 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli Admits Shreyas Iyer Takes Pressure Off Him; Fans Think About Something Else, More

While Virat Kohli scored his 42nd ODI ton (120 off 125), Shreyas Iyer helped himself to a brilliant 71 off 68 balls to help India post a very good total of 279/7 which proved to be more than enough to beat West Indis at Port of Spain

WI Vs IND, 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli Admits Shreyas Iyer Takes Pressure Off Him; Fans Think About Something Else, More
India captain Virat Kohli, right, and his batting partner Shreyas Iyer, left knock bats during their second One-Day International cricket match against West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad on August 11, 2019.
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WI Vs IND, 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli Admits Shreyas Iyer Takes Pressure Off Him; Fans Think About Something Else, More
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2019-08-12T07:01:15+0530

After helping India beat West Indies by 59 runs at Port of Spain on Sunday, skipper Virat Kohli conceded that Shreyas Iyer took the pressure off him. But Indian fans have much more to say.

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Batting first, India lost Shikhar Dhawan in the first over itself, forcing Kohli to play as an opener. The skipper rebuilt the innings with his deputy Rohit Sharma by putting together 74 runs. But two quick wickets, those of Rohit and Rishabh Pant put India in a spot.

The arrival of Iyer, however, proved the decisive moment in the match as a 125-run stand with Kohli for the fifth wicket followed.

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Kohli himself scored his 42nd ODI ton (120 off 125) while the 24-year-old hit a brilliant 71 off 68 balls.

After the match, the skipper hailed Iyer's presence.

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"He (Iyer) is a very confident guy and has the right attitude. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure off me. After I got out, he got the extra runs as well," Kohli said.

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Meanwhile, not everyone was happy with Kohli's decision to bat Pant ahead of Iyer. With India doing everything to find a capable number four, fans believed that Iyer should be given the chance to prove his worth.

Here are some reactions:

Just for the record, Iyer has three fifties in six ODI innings as against Pant's nil in nine innings.

The win helped India take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The third and final match will be played at the same venue on Wednesday.

The first match was abandoned due to rain.

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