The 2nd ODI match between India and West Indies takes place today at Visakhapatnam. Will India retaliate for a previous defeat?
West Indies’ cricket team, which is touring India, is playing a 3-match series. In the first match in Chennai, the West Indies won by 8 wickets and lead the series 1-0.
This is the day-night clash between India and West Indies teams in the port city of Visakhapatnam today (Wednesday).
The Indian team scored 287 runs in the opening game but could not control the opposition. West Indies players Hedgemeyer and Shai Hope took their team to victory.
Kohli was disappointed with the Indian team’s 4-run run. Similarly, deputy skipper Rohit Sharma’s sluggish batting (36 off 56 balls) seemed to impede the pace. The Chennai pitch is slow. However, India’s spin bowlers Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav did not take a wicket despite bowling 10 overs each. Shivam Dubey scored 68 runs in 7.5 overs.
Visakhapatnam is generally a good place for padding. Accumulating over 300 runs would be a challenging score. So Indian batsmen need to feel responsible. Rishabh Bund and Shreyas Iyer scored half-centuries. The fact that they have come to the bar is a joy for the team.
Is this life for India – Sawa? Attamakum. Winning the series can only lead to the possibility of winning the series. If India lose today, they will have to lose some pride. The Indian team last won the first two matches of the one-day series against Australia in March and lost the last 3 matches.
If India slips in Visakhapatnam, it will be the first event in the last 15 years where they have lost 2 consecutive ODIs in the county. The Indian team has never played in 5 consecutive ODIs on home soil. That bad record will stick.
The Pollard-headed West Indies team will step up with more confidence in the opening match. West Indies’ best partnership was when they were chasing a target of 210 runs for the 2nd wicket with Headmayar and Shai Hope in the Chennai match. They both played a mature game and adapted to the situation. Similarly, Cottrell and Aljari Joseph intimidated the bowlers.
The West Indies line up with the same inspiration today. Thus, one can hope that Anal will fly in the game.
Virat Kohli (1,292 runs), Rohit Sharma (1,268 runs) and West Indies’ Shai Hope (1,225 runs) are the top three bowlers. It is interesting to see who will become the ‘number one’ at the end of the series.
There have been 8 one-day matches so far in Visakhapatnam. The Indian team won 6 and lost one. Another game became a tie. In 5 matches, batting teams have won 2.
In 2005, India scored 356 runs against Pakistan at the stadium. You can remember last year when India-West Indies clashed with a thrilling Atam Saman (both teams scored 321 runs). The stadium is very popular with Indian captain Virat Kohli. He has scored 3 centuries and 2 fifties in 5 games so far.
The proposed list of the two teams for the tournament is as follows: –
India: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Bund, Shivam Dubey, Ravindra Jadeja or Usvendra Sahal, Deepak Sahar, Muktibad Yadav.
West Indies: Shay Hope, Sunil Ambrose or Ivin Lewis, Headmayer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieran Pollard (Captain), Jason Holder, Keimo Paul, Hayden Walsh, Alzari Joseph, Shelton Cottrell.
The game will be broadcast live on Doordarshan and Star Sports channels starting at 1.30 pm.
The Indian cricket team’s lead to 26-year-old fast bowler jaspirit pumra last August West Indies suffered a back injury during the Test match. Bumrah then went to the UK to consult a specialist who had not played any competition. The Indian Cricket Board handles the matter carefully, though the operation is not required and the injury does not get bigger.
Having recovered somewhat from the injury, Bumrah joined the Indian players in Visakhapatnam yesterday and engaged in a web exercise. He bowled with fellow players Rishabh Bund, Mayank Agarwal, and Manish Pandey. With his bowling, Agarwal could see Bund stumble. Bumrah’s bowling coach Ravi Shastri and examiner Devang Gandhi were closely watching. Bumrah is expected to return to the squad during the New Zealand tour.