YS Rajasekhara ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
October 24, Wednesday; 13:30 IST
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The West Indies were bullied once again on this tour, but they came out of the eight-wicket defeat to India with a few positives that they can build on. Their bowling remains a worry, courtesy the lack of firepower to pick wickets on good batting pitches, but if the batting line-up continues to deliver as it did in Guwahati or produce even better, Jason Holder and co. will not be far off tasting their first success on this tour.
West Indies can take heart from the fact that India themselves gained precious little from the victory in Guwahati. Apart from Yuzvendra Chahal, who took 3/41, the bowlers failed to deliver. And the pressure on them will only be greater in Visakhapatnam, with the team management keen to identify the third and fourth-choice bowlers to complement Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah and also have a look at Ravindra Jadeja as a spin-bowling all-rounder.
From the West Indies’s perspective, they need Marlon Samuels to come good with the bat, which will lend much-needed stability to the middle order. Shai Hope continues to look good and his reaction after being bounced out by Mohammed Shami in the first ODI provided evidence that he knows he is better than someone who has consistently been getting out in the 30s.
From India’s perspective, what will be interesting to see is whether they fiddle with the playing XI, particularly the bowling department. The possible reason for leaving out Kuldeep Yadav in Guwahati could have been to have a look at Jadeja, who didn’t bowl his best in the first ODI. He finished with two wickets (of Rovman Powell and Shimron Hetmyer), but was expensive. Axing anyone apart from Chahal, after just one outing, will be harsh.
Looking ahead, the result of the second ODI is likely to hinge on how the West Indies react to the defeat in Guwahati—particularly in terms of the approach their batsmen take. Will they be more aggressive in a bid to set India a higher target if they bat first, or be clever and emphasise building bigger partnerships than they managed to in the first ODI?
ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium pitch report and weather forecast
In the last two matches played here, India against New Zealand and India against Sri Lanka, the spinners have taken way more wickets than seamers: 18 of the 28 wickets to fall, precisely. Chances are that the pitch for the second ODI might also be on the slower side and aid spinners.
The forecast says that Wednesday will be largely sunny with a high of 32 degrees Celsius.
India vs West Indies playing 11
Possible India playing XI: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Rishabh Pant, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Yuzvendra Chahal, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Khaleel Ahmed
Windies playing 11: 1 Jason Holder (c), 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shai Hope, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Chandrapaul Hemraj, 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Oshane Thomas, 11 Devendra Bishoo
West Indies must continue to bat at least as well as they did in Guwahati to give themselves a chance of challenging India. India remain a firm favourite and they will be mindful of the threat in the Windies batting line-up after seeing the likes of Hetmyer fire in Guwahati. If West Indies bat well, we will get a watchable cricket match once again!