About the Match
The emphatic test series win by India against West Indies was the perfect farewell gift for the greatest batsmen of modern cricket and India’s pride, Sachin Tendulkar. The home team displayed many heroics in the 2nd test at Mumbai; a collective team performance and the world witnessed a classy innings by the Master Blaster for one last time as India won the match by an innings and 126 runs, sealing the series 2-0. The two nations now face off for a 3-match ODI series starting on November 21st at Kochi. India has been dominating till now and will look to make a clean sweep here too; West Indies on the other hand look for some reprieve by putting up a better performance in the one-day format of the game.
For the second time in the series, India exhibited its batting prowess to post a humungous 495 runs, which proved to be too much for the visitors. Vijay and Dhawan started the first innings confidently but fell to the superb spin bowling of Shillingford. Pujara and Tendulkar put up a 144-run partnership with Sachin giving the audience glimpses of his signature shots, timing them perfectly and sending them for fours; he went on to score a classy 74 runs whereas Pujara made a superb 113 from 167 balls. Rohit’s brilliant knock of 111 runs from 127 balls took India to the massive total; Ojha’s match winning performance was commendable and Ashwin, Shami and Bhuvaneshwar provided good support with regular breaks. It was a collective team effort that won them the test series and the ODI squad, filled with one-day specialists, is confident of an emphatic win here too.
It was a dismal performance by the West Indies in the test series; especially by the batsmen, who struggled to build partnerships and failed to post fighting totals. The bowlers did find success but couldn’t make any serious damage to the opponents’ batting line-up. The team has displayed better performance in ODIs and T20s and will look to put behind the test series defeat and excel in the ODIs, having the resources in hand. The batsmen and experienced players like Chris Gayle, Bravo and Sammy will have to step up and set a good example for the youngsters. The bowlers can be deadly if they focus and strategize well against the Indian batsmen and fielding will have to be sharp if they want to stop the run flow of the opponents. The team has to rise above its weaknesses and put up a tough fight if they want to win against the home side.
The ODI series will be a different ball game altogether and the West Indies have the required armory for a fierce battle against Team India, which is riding high with confidence and energy. Though the Caribbean team will put up a better performance here, it will be difficult for them to beat the home side, which is a formidable force to reckon with in the one-day format too.
India, 1.33 @ William Hill
Rohit Sharma has now started to turn his talent into runs and Shikhar Dhawan too is looking in good form too. The Caribbean openers have not done particularly well as a pair in the recent past. Because of being in such good form, I think Indian opening partnership will be more than that of the visiting team.
Highest Opening Partnership:
India, 1.67 @ William Hill