The second ODI between West Indies and India will occur after the visitors’ convincing victory in the first match at the Kensington Oval. Despite their hopes of a better outcome in the ODIs, West Indies were outplayed again by India.
Batting first, the hosts faced a disastrous collapse, getting bundled out for a meager 114 runs in just 23 overs. The Indian spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav, wreaked havoc on the Caribbean batting lineup, taking quick wickets and leaving the hosts in disarray.
Ravindra Jadeja was the catalyst for the destruction, dismissing key players Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, and Romario Shepherd in two overs. Kuldeep Yadav followed suit, finishing with astonishing figures of four wickets for six runs in just three overs, adding to the hosts’ misery.
On the other hand, the Indian batting displayed a mix of experience and youth. Veterans Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli decided to give the youngsters a chance to shine, batting lower down the order. Ishan Kishan, fresh off his maiden Test fifty, impressed once again, smashing 52 runs off 46 deliveries. Though the rest of the batting unit couldn’t contribute significantly, their efforts were enough to chase down the target of 115 runs.
India is comfortable with their near-flawless performance in the previous game as the second match approaches. In contrast, West Indies must search for answers to avoid another defeat.
Probable Playing XIs:
Shai Hope (c & wk), Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Alick Athanaze, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Yannic Cariah, Dominic Drakes, Jayden Seales, Gudakesh Motie
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar
The Indian all-rounder has been a consistent performer with both bat and ball over the years. In the last game, he claimed three crucial wickets and remained unbeaten with 16 runs. His form will again be pivotal as India looks to maintain their dominance.
The West Indies skipper was the lone bright spot in their batting lineup in the previous match, scoring 43 runs and showing composure at the crease. His team will rely on him to deliver another impressive performance.
Considering India’s formidable batting and bowling lineups, they will continue to dominate the proceedings in the second ODI. Their depth and quality make them strong favorites to secure another victory. West Indies will need to produce a remarkable turnaround to challenge the visitors and avoid repeating the first ODI’s outcome.