Well, Yuvraj Singh may be struggling with the bat but he's still got something special in the fielding department. He saves a certain boundary as Simmons steps back to hammer a cut through point, and the end of the over takes us to Drinks.
The Indian spinners are really rattling through their overs now. Simmons puts Bravo on strike to Raina with a firm punch down to long off, and the West Indian captain unfurls his trademark inside-out loft over extra cover for four. West Indies aren't giving up just yet.
Despite the ball spinning away from him, Simmons continues to attack Jadeja. In fact, he does really well to get forward into a paddle sweep the nullifies the turn and gives him his fourth boundary.
Raina comes back into the attack, and does just what is needed of him with a quick over of accurate, unpretentious offspin. The required rate climbs a little more ...
Bravo and Simmons survive Ashwin's final over, and he ends with figures of 10-1-37-2. Fantastic effort, especially considering he was using a wet ball almost the entire time. West Indies' job becomes a little easier now, but they need more than six an over and don't have a great deal of batting in the tank.
Simmons, meanwhile, is just motoring along at a run a ball. Jadeja doesn't have Ashwin's control, and begins his over with two deliveries wide of off stump, both of which are slashed away by an excited batsman. But Simmons is playing a shot a minute, and one feels that at any moment he could pick the wrong ball to have a go at.
WICKET! Oh dear, after all that hard work Powell's thrown it away here. This will heap pressure on the middle order. He just wandered out towards Ashwin, walking defensively past a flighted off-break to be easily stumped for 59. Ashwin has one over left. Can he inflict even more damage?
Simmons responds to the challenge of Jadeja and a turning track with a wild slog over mid-on, and to his credit the ball actually pings out of the middle and well over the field for four. But not the safest shot by any means. He ends the over in much more classical fashion, reaching out to drive the spinner through cover for a brace.
Dhoni persists with Ashwin, who is perhaps beginning to tire just a little now. He makes a rare error, floating down a full toss, and Powell helps himself to four runs through square leg. There's a short delay between overs as one of the balls is changed. It may well have gone out of shape because of all the moisture about.
And now, for the first time today, Ravi Jadeja has a bowl. He's obviously been brought on to help deal with the right-handed Simmons, and does a decent enough job in his first over to keep the batsmen to three.
WICKET! Ashwin strikes, the stand is broken, and Bravo departs for an even 50. He didn't learn his lesson from the previous over. Ashwin's been extracting turn and bounce from the track and did enough to find Bravo's outside edge twice, but again he's leaned back into a cut and this time Dhoni makes no mistake. Kieron Powell ends the over with a flick to the fine leg boundary to go to his own fifty. He's got to play a long innings to see his team home.
And another chance goes begging! India have dropped Darren Bravo three times in four balls. What's going on out there? He popped back a caught-and-bowled chance but Shami couldn't hold on. A slash to third man and a quick single take Bravo to fifty, and Powell ends the over with a mighty six over deep midwicket. West Indies are cruising now.
Is this a dropped chance? It sure looks like it. Dhoni persisted with Ashwin in the hope of snapping this stand, and the bowler did enough to find the edge of Bravo's bat not once but twice! The first chance popped straight out of Dhoni's gloves, and the second - two balls later - burst through Raina's hands at slip. That's got to frustrate the bowler.
Dhoni makes a change and brings Shami back into the attack, but his first ball swings down the leg side for four leg byes. The right-armer is soon into his rhythm, however, and keeps the batsmen to six from the over.
Bravo still isn't nearly as fluent against Ashwin. The spinner's length is slightly off but Bravo's defensive mindset means he isn't immediately looking to play a shot, and his slashed cut rolls past the slip fielder and down to third man for four - bringing up West Indies' 100. Game on.
Yet another marvellous drive from Bravo. Raina has men positioned out in the deep on the off side, yet Bravo slotted his shot right in between them to overtake his batting partner. This stand, now already worth 73, will be starting to cause India some serious bother. And what's more, the outfield is entirely covered in dew, which will make the bowlers' job even harder.
Ashwin sees India through to drinks with yet another controlled over. Just four runs from it, and the required rate is above six now.
This pair of West Indian batsmen have hit their holding pattern: see Ashwin off and milk Raina (or attack, if possible). Raina doesn't threaten much once again, but he does at least keep them to ones and twos. Whose patience will last longer?
Ashwin has the ball on a string at the moment, and there's very little either Powell or Bravo can do about it. They're playing him with a certain amount of circumspection, and he completes another great over - just the one run from it. That required rate is edging towards six again.
No great turn for Raina, but he's doing a decent job of varying his pace. His line, however, is a little off with the final delivery of his over, and Bravo flicks the ball very fine on the leg side to keep West Indies ticking over with another boundary.
Another tight over from Ashwin. He's coming round the wicket to the left-handers, and offering very little in the way of width outside off. Both Powell and Bravo seem up to the task of using their feet to the spinners, but Ashwin's giving them nothing.
With two left-handers at the crease, Dhoni is holding Jadeja back and has opted for two offspinners, with Raina brought on. He doesn't offer quite the same threat that Ashwin does, and Powell skips out to biff him over deep midwicket for another boundary.
Unsurprisingly, Dhoni's nipped his seamers off and replaced them with spinners. Ashwin is the first one called upon, and he rattles through a quick maiden to the marauding Bravo.
Darren Bravo is magnificent to watch once he gets going. Three times in this over from Sharma he pings the boundary in the arc from deep backward point to deep extra cover. Sharma's error was to, repeatedly, offer him width outside off stump, and Bravo responded with three stinging shots, each more enthusiastic than the last. After an unsteady start, this West Indian chase is starting to take form.
This budding partnership may yet bear fruit. Darren Bravo certainly isn't one to rush an innings, but he's getting into his stride now and mirrors Powell's stroke from the previous over to thread a boundary through cover as Mohammad Shami completes his first over of the match. Will India make a double bowling change?
Powell's looking better and better now. He's starting to hit the gaps, and finds his fourth boundary with a handsome drive through extra cover off Sharma. Bravo, meanwhile, is off the mark with a flick down to fine leg. The asking rate for West Indies is fast approaching a run a ball.
It appears that Kieron Powell has finally found the middle of his bat. He begins the over, Kumar's fourth, with a rather streaky flash outside off, the ball flying off the edge and down to the third man boundary, but goes on the attack thereafter to pick up two further boundaries. The first comes from a powerful pull as Kumar tests him with the short ball, and the second is even better: a classical push down the ground.
WICKET! West Indies lose Samuels early. It looked as though we may have been in for a Samuels special when he got off the mark with a punch through extra cover and followed that up with an imperious loft in the same direction, but Dhoni's move up to the stumps may well have unsettled his qi. Suddenly crease-bound, Samuels pressed half forward into another drive but could only feather the ball through to Dhoni, who held a smart catch to get India celebrating once more.
Powell does a great job of picking out the fielders in the ring as Kumar continues his opening spell. A desperate batsman is almost run out as he calls for a single after nudging the ball wide of mid-on, Samuels wisely turning the run down, and fortunately for him the shy goes wide. Kumar ends the over with an optimistic lbw appeal, but it's Powell who looks jittery at the moment. Samuels, as ever, is ice cold.
There's a hint of aggression as Powell walks down at Sharma, but he simply punches a single to a fumbling mid-off fielder. Samuels, meanwhile, is feeling his way slowly into this innings. He's unrushed as he tests out his drive, but he can't find space to get off the mark.
WICKET! Brave effort from Kumar. Charles stood at the crease and swatted a length delivery straight back at him. The connection was good, and Kumar didn't have time to get out of the way of it even if he'd wanted to. As it happened, the ball ricocheted off his chest into his hands and he clung on long enough to effect the dismissal - though he was breathing heavily afterwards! First blood to India.
Mohit Sharma offers more pace than Kumar, and he also finds some extra bounce with the hard, new ball. His second delivery spits up at Charles, who flails the bat at it and sends a thick edge bouncing past the two slips and down to third man for his second boundary. Mohit's wicket-to-wicket line keeps the batsmen to just one more single in the remainder of the over, but they're well up to the required rate.
In the absence of Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles will probably lead the early charge for West Indies during their opening Powerplay. He's off the mark straight away against Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and when Powell hands the strike back to him Charles rides a rising delivery to push the ball powerfully through the covers. Not a half-volley by any means, but he just hit through the line and connected well.
Well, we expected runs from the Visakhapatnam pitch and India have reached a more-than-respectable 288 for 7, but they did have to graft at times. Virat Kohli continued his phenomenal form, while Dhoni - for the umpteenth time - demonstrated how well he's perfected the art of pacing a one-day innings. This total will take some getting, and India's primary weapons in their defence could well be the Ravis Jadeja and Ashwin. There's enough turn in this pitch to encourage them. Join us in 40 minutes for West Indies' chase.
WICKET! Ashwin does his job with some brave batting, lofting a length delivery over extra cover and then swiping a six high over square leg, before he perishes in the pursuit of another boundary. Holder has some reward for his plucky bowling, but India have reached a hefty total.
Dhoni does this so well in ODIs. Once again, he's put together a perfectly paced knock. He started very slowly, but he's in full swing now, and ruins Rampaul's figures with two almighty heaves over long on. The pair of sixes take him to a 39-ball fifty, and India are heading towards a very challenging total.
Dhoni and Ashwin are really hustling now. Ashwin puts his wicket on the line with a shuffle across to the off side and a flick to fine leg, while Dhoni is helped by some lacklustre fielding from Darren Bravo as he flaps a ball to wide long on and is gifted a boundary.
WICKET! Rampaul grabs his fourth scalp, but some intelligent batting from Dhoni sways the balance back in India's favour. Ravi Jadeja hadn't really settled in his short knock, and as he backed away to leg Rampaul rattled his stumps. Unperturbed, Dhoni ended the over with a punch through point and a waft down to the fine leg boundary to move into the 30s and take India to the brink of 250.
A rank full toss ruins what had been a pretty tight over from Bravo. With the batsmen swinging at just about everything, he did well to deny them the boundary ... until his final delivery, which Dhoni lifted off his pads into the stands beyond square leg.
The Narine threat has been safely negotiated, and we're into the final five overs now. Jadeja looks all at sea in the offspinner's final over, poking uncertainly at the carrom ball and being beaten outside off stump by the conventional offspinner. Narine ends with a second maiden, but no wickets to his name.
Holder continues to do a good holding job. He would have conceded just three from this over, using a mixture of low full tosses and slow cutters, were it not for a misfield from Rampaul, who allows the batsmen through for an extra run. Still, West Indies are not loosening their grip and India can't get away as quickly as they'd like.
The plan, it appears, is to see Narine off and attack at the other end. Dhoni and Jadeja keep the ball along the ground as the offspinner trundles through his ninth over. How far beyond 250 will India be able to push from this position?
Ah, it was only a matter of time for Dhoni! He goes on the attack against Holder, smiting the ball high over long off for six. That awakens the crowd, and may well reignite India's charge at the death - though West Indies still have two overs of Narine to draw from.
And now a maiden. West Indies are really lifting their game. Narine weaves his magic around Dhoni once again, beating him with big spin and then once again with the carrom ball.
WICKET! Kohli's out for 99! Rampaul surprised him with a sharp bouncer. Kohli hooked it from in front of his grille, but couldn't keep it down and Holder at fine leg swooped to take a great catch. The umpires briefly detain Kohli at the wicket to check for the no-ball, but it's a legitimate delivery and Kohli's got to go. He's as stunned as the crowd. This has been a great effort from West Indies in the Powerplay - they've taken a combined 2 for 15 in five overs.
Superb over from Narine, who is at his most dangerous at times like this, when the batsmen are looking to have a go at him. Dhoni and Kohli pinch a pair of singles to start the over, but Narine then spins a web around the Indian captain to deny him any chance of scoring without taking a significant risk.
WICKET! Rampaul snaps the stand at a fortuitous moment, but Kohli remains. Raina backed away to a Rampaul offcutter, the ball ballooning off the leading edge of his swipe to leg and being pouched safely by Bravo at deep extra cover. His wicket, of course, simply brings MS Dhoni to the crease, so things could still get worse for West Indies before they get better - but they've forced a breakthrough that could get them back into this match.
Sunil Narine shares the Powerplay duties, coming round the wicket to the right-handed Kohli. His mixture of off-breaks, quicker ones and knuckle balls do the trick, and only singles come from the over.
It's time for the Batting Powerplay, and Bravo has brought Jason Holder back on. He's got a fine leg, deep midwicket and long on in place, and does very well to bowl to his field and deny either batsman a boundary. Holder aims for a mixture of lengths, either in the blockhole or at the head, and it works - for now.
This is all too easy for India. Raina continues the run-glut by stepping away to leg and lifting Bravo straight back over his head for four, and Kohli then slaps what looked like a slower-ball bouncer past a leaping Marlon Samuels at midwicket. Will these two start the charge early? India certainly have wickets in hand, and the batsmen are well settled, the stand worth 56. By the way, if you'd like to connect to your commentator on Twitter and talk about this game, you can find me @gomorezvidinha.
Dropped! This would have been an inspired change from Bravo, had Kieron Powell held onto a simple chance. Bravo brought Lendl Simmons on for some slow-medium dibbly dobblers, and Raina lapped his very first ball straight to Powell at short fine leg. He appeared to be taken by surprise at the chance, the ball popping straight out of his hands as the partisan crowd roared their approval at his error. That'll deflate West Indies even further.
Virat Kohli looks set for an 18th one-day international century, less than three weeks after his 25th birthday. He's being helped by the West Indian bowlers' erratic lines, as Bravo offers up an off-cutter down the leg side that Kohli simply needs to lay bat upon to be sure of a boundary. Eight runs flow from the over.
Runs galore! Permaul is taken apart in his final over, first by Kohli and then by Raina. Kohli rushed into the 70s with a crunching pull to midwicket followed by a rasping cut, before offering the strike to Raina, who flicked off his toes for his first boundary taking the total damage to 15 from the over. And that's Drinks. West Indies will be pleased for the breather.
Bravo is ringing the changes now, and brings himself on. Kohli displays remarkable touch to his first delivery, flicking an offcutter down the leg side and just past a diving Johnson Charles, but then presents a tough caught-and-bowled chance to the bowler. Kohli was aiming for the leg side, but the ball just stopped on him and he popped it back towards Bravo, who tumbled forward but couldn't close his hands around the ball. Not the easiest chance, but when Kohli offers one you've got to take it.
Veerasammy Permaul comes back - Darren Sammy asked to bowl just the one over. The batsmen appear pleased with the change, milking singles on either side of the wicket.
Kohli is watchful after the wicket, opting for defence as Rampaul zones in on a good length. The bowler also tests Raina with a short ball, but there's not much spice in this wicket and the left-hander manages to ride the bounce.
WICKET! Bravo made a double change and brought on Sammy, but at first it appeared the runs would continue to flow for India. Kohli motored past fifty with a brace of boundaries to third man and fine leg as Sammy started erratically, but the Indian captain-in-waiting then handed the strike to Yuvraj, who attempted to continue the barrage but picked out midwicket with a mis-timed pull. Sammy's celebrations are a little sheepish - the over is the most expensive of the innings, but he's got a wicket and that's the main thing.
Dwayne Bravo has made a bowling change, and one feels it's the right choice. Kohli and Yuvraj were settling in against the spinners, so he's brought back his strike bowler, Ravi Rampaul. The seamer makes a good start to his second spell, and the batsmen can only find three singles.
Yuvraj just keeps sweeping, and now he's starting to middle the ball more often than not. He takes a fourth boundary off Permaul with a middled sweep, the ball pinging off the bat and bouncing out to deep square leg. This stand is now worth 57, and India have a solid base from which to launch a late-innings offensive.
That'll help break the shackles! It looked as though Narine might soon get the better of Yuvraj, having also troubled him in Kochi, but the left-hander picked up the length of the fifth delivery and sent a monstrous six sailing over wide long-on. The ball lands in the second tier of the stands, and with that the pressure evaporates.
After a flurry of boundaries, India's innings is just starting to meander a little against these spinners. The canny Permaul once again uses variations of flight and pace to stifle the batsmen's attacking instincts, and only three runs leak from the over.
Narine follows Permaul's lead with a tight over. Kohli nurdles a single past a diving Sammy at short fine leg, but good lengths and just the right amount of flight keep Yuvraj crease-bound and there's just one run from the over.
Permaul responds well to the attacking efforts of the batsmen to keep them to just three runs in his sixth over. Both Kohli and Yuvraj use their feet to get to the pitch of the ball, but Permaul is alert, adjusts, and keeps them to singles every time.
Now Kohli begins to sweep, and he too is rewarded with a boundary. West Indies' spinners are being milked quite effectively, despite Yuvraj's early struggles. Where Yuvraj opted for all-out power to reach the boundary, Kohli shows a deft touch with a paddle sweep, the partnership now worth 36 and India's score moving beyond 100.
And another! Yuvraj was looking to do this in Permaul's last over - sweeping the ball from outside off stump - and now he's nailed the shot to deep square leg for his second boundary. He follows that up with a limp-wristed push outside off, the ball looping past the bat, to keep the bowler excited.
That's more like the Yuvraj of old! The left-hander finds his first boundary with a meaty pull to deep midwicket. Narine served up a long-hop and Yuvraj pounced, rocking back and lifting the ball with power and timing towards the boundary. The four ruins what had been a reasonably tight over from Narine, and the partnership between these two batsmen chugs through the 20s.
Yuvraj is looking a little iffy out there. He bends his weighty frame into two massive slog sweeps, but connects with neither and Permaul politely inquires as to the chance of an lbw dismissal. Neither is given, but the left-arm spinner has found his rhythm, while Yuvraj appears to have none at all. He does, at least, have plenty of time still to play himself in.
West Indies call upon their trump card, offspinner Sunil Narine. He begins with a slip and two short legs in place, but Kohli's aggression forces a change in the field. The second ball is slammed to deep midwicket for four, and while Bravo quickly plugs that gap 10 runs still flow from the over.
Yuvraj is finally off the mark with a push through the off side as Permaul continues. Kohli's supple wrists help him to place the ball in the gap for a brace of singles.
Very watchful stuff from Yuvraj, who is battling to regain his spark. Bravo plugs away outside off stump, and Yuvraj has a look at one or two before aiming a drive into the covers. He can't find the gap to get off the mark.
WICKET! Dhawan falls, but what's he been given out for? Permaul spun one in to beat Dhawan's poke as he pressed half forward. The ball appeared to fizz past the inside edge, hit the back pad and then loop to Bravo at slip, but there's a big appeal and it's upheld. Well, Umpire Kulkarni must have believed there was an inside edge on that, as he's been given out caught. Dhawan's dismissal brings a mid-over drinks break, and Yuvraj Singh sees out the over. There's definitely some turn in this track.
The outfielders have plenty to do as Dhawan and Kohli ping drives through the field on either side of the wicket. The batsman are beginning to look a little more proactive as this partnership develops. Bravo mixes up his lengths and pace, and manages to keep them to just four runs. This stand is edging towards fifty, and we've probably got a drinks break coming up fairly soon as well.
And spin it is. Left-arm orthodox Veerasammy Permaul is brought on, with a slip in place. He doesn't offer much flight, but does very his pace just enough to keep the batsmen guessing and what's more, manages to bowl to his field. Five runs from the over.
Edged, but safe! Had there been a slip in place, West Indies might've had a second breakthrough. Dhawan was aiming for another laced drive, but the ball left him off the track, took the edge, and flew through the vacant slip area for four. An energetic Bravo makes sure that's the only boundary in the over, but India are cruising. Time for spin?
Jason Holder bears more than a passing resemblance to Zimbabwe's Chris Mpofu, and shares a similar propensity to over-pitch every so often despite his height and the bounce he's getting out of the track. Dhawan unfurls another vintage cover drive to move into the 20s, while Kohli continues to rotate the strike with a couple of singles.
Ah, and indeed we do have a change: Bravo has brought himself on. He has one slip in place, and generally moves the ball in to Kohli and away from Dhawan. A few of his offcutters bite into the surface, and the ball takes the leading edge of Dhawan's attempted nudge to leg. But there's no harm done, and the batsmen snatch three singles from the over. Bravo will need his full bag of tricks if he's to keep the batsmen quiet today.
Holder's length and bounce helps to reign things in a little as he aims for the splice of Dhawan's bat. Holder even manages to beat the in-form batsman's outside edge, the ball pitching on a length and leaving the left-hander off the track, but still four runs come from the over. Will Dwayne Bravo make a bowling change soon? He's got two spinners to call upon, as well as his own medium-paced offerings.
Bristling stuff from Dhawan. He checks another drive, this time straight, to raise heartbeats in the crowd with a terrific boundary. Rampaul didn't do a great deal wrong with the ball, but Dhawan got a great connection. Kohli is also getting going now, and moves to 6 with a brace of twos.
Holder isn't the quickest, generally nudging 80mph or so, but he's tall and gets good bounce even out of this benign track. The over is bookended by a pair of singles from fuller deliveries, but between times he does well to keep a restless Kohli quiet. The early wicket has helped to settle West Indies, but one feels there are still plenty of runs to be had on this wicket.
WICKET! Against the run of play, West Indies have struck! Sharma had just helped himself to four runs through midwicket off a juicy full toss, but Rampaul has a knack for sending down wicket-taking deliveries in his mixed bag and he's done just that. Sharma had set himself for another boundary through cover point, but a hint of extra bounce means the ball takes the top edge of his cut and Darren Sammy holds onto the ball at second slip. Sammy's usually got a safe pair of hands, and his catch is a good one. Enter Virat Kohli, who's got even more runs than Dhawan this year.
Dhawan moves past 1,000 runs in ODIs in 2013 with a crisp, checked cover drive. Marvellous stuff. The left-handed Dhawan attacks chiefly through the off side, and with shots like this you can see just how he's scored so many runs since his rejuvenation at the Champions Trophy. Holder manages to keep him to just the one boundary, but it's not the greatest over from him. He'd found a good line to Sharma in the previous over, but the change from right to left-hander has messed with his radar, and he serves up two wides. India look steady, West Indies a little uncertain.
Rampaul's primary weapon is his away-swinger to the right-hander, and while there isn't a great deal of swing on offer he finds enough to beat Sharma's bat with a full length delivery in the course of a probing over. His only error is a leg-side wide to Dhawan - the swing taking the ball even further down - and Rampaul looks in decent rhythm.
A somewhat shoddy start to the match for both young seamer Jason Holder and Shikhar Dhawan. Holder's first delivery is a rank full toss that's patted softly towards mid-off. Dhawan makes a late decision to call for a single, and would have been run out by several feet had the fielder's shy been on target. Holder's length is better to Sharma, who tests out his leave to several deliveries outside off stump to end a watchful over.
This certainly does look like a cracking batting track. Rohit Sharma laces the second delivery through point off the back foot, the ball racing across a silken outfield. Rampaul bends his back to gain a little extra life from the wicket, and the over ends with a controlled edge through the slips off Sharma's bat. Rampaul looks nonplussed, but Sharma's actually played that quite well.
Well, a few days ago there were 11cm of rain in Visakhapatnam but the early punters in the ground have been greeted by bright, blue, sunny skies.This pitch has the reputation for being one of the best batting strips in India, but this is just the fifth ODI to be played here. In fact a number of the West Indies side will remember their last visit: they played here in 2011 with Ravi Rampaul making a career-best 86.
Dwayne Bravo has called correctly at the toss, and West Indies will bowl first at Visakhapatnam. While no-one seems entirely sure how this pitch is going to behave, India will have to deal with dew later this evening when they're in the field.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the second ODI - in the three-match series, which the hosts lead, between India and the West Indies at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. Before the toss, we've heard the news that Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the series with a hamstring injury. India have some worries of their own around the form of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. Rather more pressingly for both teams has been the local weather - but Cyclone Helen has blown over and there's bright sunshine about at the moment.