About the Match
West Indies won big in the series opener as they defeated India by a massive 124 runs to take 1-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series; the hosts suffered a heavy blow to their confidence as they were humiliated on home ground thanks to the batting collapse that got them all-out in 41 overs. The upcoming match will be crucial to India’s chances of success in the series and they will need to make a comeback soon; on the other hand, the visitors have received a major morale boost with this huge victory and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum.
Mohammad Shami was on fire as he claimed 4 wickets giving away just 66 runs in his 9-over spell to cause initial worries for the visitors; however, other bowlers like Mohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar failed to get wickets though they were patient and did a good job at restricting the run flow. While Jadeja and Mishra took a wicket each, the bowling unit didn’t hae any answers for the likes of Marlon Samuels, who kept the scoreboard ticking and helped the West Indies reach a massive score of 321 runs. The Indian chase got off to a good start but a silly run-out got Rahane packing to the stands in the 9th over; Dhawan displayed good skills as he posted a valiant 68 off 92 balls but the others down the line failed to live up to expectations. Kohli, Raina, Dhoni and Rayudu collapsed against the pace attack and left India gasping for runs; the lower order hardly withstood the pressure and even Jadeja’s unbeaten 33 off 36 deliveries couldn’t save the day for them. The players need to think positive and work harder at building a good foundation with the runs; they would surely have learnt some bitter lessons from yesterday’s defeat and we can expect the team to come back with a vengeance.
Playing his first ODI in seven months, Marlon Samuels came through for his team and secured a win in the first match as he posted a brilliant 126 runs off 116 deliveries to ensure they got to a good total of 321 runs. Ramdin partnered with Samuels to post a 165-run stand for the 4th wicket and scored 61 runs; the duo is strong in the middle order and will be a tough partnership to break with their current form. Smith and the Bravo brothers are also performing well and if they can be perseverant against bowlers like Shami and the spinners, they can be a formidable force to reckon with. In the bowling front, the fast bowlers can find continued success and players like Rampaul, Dwayne Bravo and Taylor are a great asset to the unit; Samuels exhibited all-round efforts as he claimed 2 wickets too and his in-form performance is an added advantage to the team, which was struggling to win contests not so long ago. They should not be complacent and must be determined to keep going with their good run.
West Indies has the psychological advantage after having tasted sweet victory while India will be eager to make a comeback in the upcoming match. Though the visitors look to be in top form, the hosts will definitely pull up their socks and give a good fight to emerge victorious on Saturday.
India, 1.40 @ Bet365