West Indies batting in focus with series moving to Port of Spain

Match details

Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago
August 11, Sunday; 19:00 IST (09:30 local)
Live on Sony Pictures Network, streaming on SonyLiv

The main picture

In the 13 overs of cricket possible in the rain-hit first ODI, we got a glimpse of what makes the West Indies a dangerous batting unit. We also saw the limitations holding back the same batting line-up from providing the team with good totals on a consistent basis.

For a majority of the West Indies batsmen, boundaries are the major source of runs but the lack of strike rotation and recurring dot balls in between allows the bowling team to build pressure. On a two-paced pitch, Chris Gayle struggled for rhythm, much as his opening partner Evin Lewis before the first stoppage in play at 5.4 overs. But 27 dot balls in a 31-ball innings was way too many and the first release shot he tried to play, he dragged the ball onto his stumps. This has been a recurring theme with Gayle of late, but he’s not the only West Indies batsman to struggle to rotate strike and keep collecting runs when the boundaries are hard to come by.

Lewis’s breezy 36-ball 40 was the big positive for the West Indies heading into the second ODI. On a two-paced pitch, the left-hander middled a majority of the balls post the first stoppage in play and that’s good for his confidence.

From India’s perspective, the rain-enforced abandonment was far from ideal. Shreyas Iyer and Khaleel Ahmed were included in the playing 11 and, while the latter got to bowl three overs, the team management will have liked to see Iyer get a hit and Khaleel bowling a bigger spell on a pitch that was conducive to his hit-the-deck style of bowing.

The two teams now move to the Queen’s Park Oval for the second and third ODI. While the series remains up for grabs, India and West Indies will look to tick as many boxes as possible. One of the objectives for the West Indies is getting the pace of their ODI batting right, which involves better strike rotation and eliminating the number of dot balls in between the boundaries. For India, it’s about the likes of Iyer, Khaleel and Pandey getting more time in the middle.

Queen’s Park Oval pitch report and weather forecast

The last ODI played at the venue was also between India and West Indies, with the former winning by 105 runs. Scores of 250-260 are par for the pitch at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Sunny weather has been forecast for Sunday, with a maximum of 32-degree Celsius.

India vs West Indies 2nd ODI Dream11 team prediction

Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Holder, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas/Carlos Brathwaite

India vs West Indies 2nd ODI predicted playing 11

Possible India playing 11 for 2nd ODI: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Khaleel Ahmed

The only possible change for the West Indies is Oshane Thomas, who felt some discomfort in his right shoulder during his final over of the third T20I in Guyana, returning in place of Carlos Brathwaite.

Possible West Indies playing 11 for 2nd ODI: 1 Jason Holder (c), 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Evin Lewis, 4 Shai Hope (wk), 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Fabian Allen, 8 Roston Chase, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Oshane Thomas

Match prediction

The battles up front—between the Indian new-ball bowlers and the West Indies top order, and vice-versa—will hold the key again. From West Indies’s perspective, one of their top three or four needs to get a big score.

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