India and West Indies are scheduled to play in the 2nd ODI match of the 3-match series tonight. The venue of this match is the Dr. YSR ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.
India comes into this match after losing by 8 wickets against West Indies in the 1st ODI match at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Although India batted well on a tough pitch, but West Indies batting was just too good on the day to chase down a tough target.
In Visakhapatnam, generally, the teams like to bat first in ODIs as the pitch tends to get slower and lower as the match progresses. But as the dew expected in the early evening, that advantage gets eliminated in a big way. So any captain won’t mind losing the toss as there is a tough decision to make with regards to batting or bowling first.
India had a tough time in the second half of the 1st ODI that they lost against West Indies. The performance with the bat for India was very good overall after a slow start, but the fielding and especially bowling was very poor.
The Indian bowlers were unable to take consistent wickets. Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja conceded lots of boundaries in 1st ODI. Also, Shreyas Iyer dropped a crucial catch of the batsman Shimron Hetmyer, and thereafter India had no chance of coming back in the match.
To win even one match in this ODI series from now on, India has no choice but to start taking consistent wickets with the ball. Also, the fielders have to be sharp in the field and take important catches to help out the struggling Indian bowling line-up in 2nd ODI.
Players to watch out for India are Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohammed Shami.
India Squad: Virat Kohli ©, Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Deepak Chahar, Kedar Jadhav, Shardul Thakur.
West Indies batsmen gave one of their best batting performances in ODI in recent memory to win the 1st ODI in a dominating way against India. The West Indies top order batted in a powerful manner and also rotated the strike well to surprise the opposition team.
Shimron Hetmyer batted incredibly for his century, and he was the star of the match for West Indies. Shai Hope also scored a grinding hundred and batted from start to finish to win the match for his team.
The West Indies bowling and fielding were up to the standards too. Now they have a great chance to win the 2nd ODI later today and get an ODI series win against India.
Players to watch out for West Indies are Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, and Sheldon Cottrell.
West Indies Squad: Kieron Pollard ©, Alzarri Joseph, Shai Hope (wk), Hayden Walsh, Sunil Ambris, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Khary Pierre, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Roston Chase, Evin Lewis, Romario Shepherd.
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