He played shots all around the park. His full array of strokes was on display. Straight drives, slice, square cut, pull shot, and the sweep were some of his major run scoring strokes. Though, it was his slog sweep along with straight hit down the ground, which gained him maximum number of sixes (2 each). It seems that Lord Ram's spirit had been injected into Ravi Rampaul for the time he was at the crease.
The Indian team tried all their bowlers that they had in their line up to get the batsmen out, but their efforts went in vain. First, it was the turn of the spinners to be thrashed all round the park and later when the Indian skipper, Sehwag, brought his fast bowlers, Rampaul showed no respect - lofting them for sixes easily. The sixes that he hit were really huge ones clearing the boundaries with ease and it seemed to be catching practise for fans, who were seated at the stadium. Finally, the Indians had to walk off the ground along with Rampaul after the completion of 50 overs, as no Indian bowler could grab his wicket. Had time been on his side, he could have become the first batsmen to score 100 runs after coming into bat at no.10.
Rampaul's batting exploits helped West Indies reach a respectable score of 269 at the end of 50 overs. But the Indians were not put down by his heroics as India chased down the score with Kohli scoring his 8th ton. Now, India leads the series 2-0.
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