WI vs IND 2nd ODI: Things are not OK for West Indies who recently suffered a humiliating defeat in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series against India. They aimed of bouncing back after losing the World Cup 2023 Qualifiers but failed to do so as the Indian team outclassed them with five wickets to spare. They still have two games in hand to level the scores & clinch the series. On the other hand Indian team is leaving no stone unturned to identify their ideal team combinations with the ODI World Cup 2023 in the big picture. India will aim to continue their winning momentum & outclass West Indies in the second ODI as well.
WI vs IND 2nd ODI: TEAMS PREVIEW
West Indies Preview
West Indies will aim to rebuild their lineup & get back to their old lethal form after failing to qualify for the World Cup 2023. They can outclass big names of World Cricket but the fact is they just need to get their lost form back.
In the first ODI, the home side lost the toss & were sent in to bat first. After getting a good start they failed to convert it into good scores. As Kuldeep & Jadeja wreaked havoc with the ball & rattled their lineup wrapping their innings at 114 runs. Except for Shai Hope(43) none of their batters could return with runs. As a result, Windies were reeling with a poor total in their kitty.
In the bowling department, their lineup couldn’t do much to defend their small target. But still, they manage to put pressure on India by sclaping five wickets within a short span. The continuous loss of wickets put the Indian team in a spot of bother but Ishan Kishan scoring 51 runs in the middle overs meant India chase the targets easily. If the home side posted a decent total on board in the first innings then defending would not be an issue for them. Gudakesh was their star bowler returning with figures of 2-26. He will hope of producing an improved performance in today’s clash.
Indian team is trying to find out the perfect permutation & combinations with ICC World Cup 2203 in the picture. While there are a few positives for the Indian team as their pace spearhead Bumrah has recovered from an injury & will make a comeback from Ireland Series. However, India has a good lot of young players who are consistently performing & proving their prowess to be a part of the marquee event.
India made their intentions clear right from the first ODI of the series by winning the fixture & taking a 1-0 lead. After winning the toss & bowling first, India got off to a blistering start as they scalped crucial wickets to bundle West Indies batting roder for just 114 runs. Spinners starred in the process with Kuldeep & Jadeja sharing 7 wickets among themselves. Kuldeep starred with the ball by returning with figures of 4 for 6.
In reply, they got a low target to chase & they experiment with their batting order by promoting youngsters in the top & middle order while veterans like Rohit came to bat at No 7. Despite of this major change, West Indies can’t get enough of Indian batters & thereby lost the fixture by 5 wickets. Ishan starred with the bat by returning with scores of 52 runs off 46 balls. However, batters like Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav failed to get into scoring terms. They will aim to change that by returning with runs in today’s fixture.
WI vs IND 2nd ODI: Match Details
Match: India vs West Indies – 2nd ODI
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Date & Time: Saturday, July 29, 07:00 PM IST
Where to watch live: DD Sports, FanCode and JioCinema
Pitch & Weather Conditions
Kensington Oval has the reputation of hosting low-scoring fixtures & the pitch usually favors bowlers. The team winning the toss usually opts to bowl first with the motive of getting an edge over the opponents in the first innings itself. Pitch’s slow surface amplifies it for bowlers of both teams.
The forecast is of an overcast weather with a high possibility of rain. Considering the weather conditions & the past performances, the captain who wins the toss should elect to bowl first.
WI vs IND 2nd ODI: Predicted Playing XIs
Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar
Shai Hope(w/c), Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Alick Athanaze, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Yannic Cariah, Dominic Drakes, Jayden Seales, Gudakesh Motie
After winning the Test series, the Indian team is eyeing a win in the ODI series as well. However, Windies can give them a tough time as they will try to get back their lost prestige & register their first win on their home turf. But looking at performances by the Indian team in the ongoing Series as well as the blistering form of their players we think the Indian team are favorites to win this clash.