About the Match
India took the lead 1-0 in the 3-match ODI series against West Indies by defeating them in the 1st ODI by 6 wickets on Thursday. Continuing on their winning momentum, the home side exhibited their batting prowess and the spinners came out trumps by demolishing the West Indies team and restricting them to a low total. The upcoming match is crucial for the visitors if they want to keep their hopes alive in the ODI series; they need to come out all guns blazing and give it their best shot on Sunday against India, which is well poised for a series win here.
Jadeja and Raina worked their spin magic to make early in-roads into the West Indies top order and both found success as they took 3 wickets each; Shami claimed the important wicket of Darren Bravo who was becoming dangerous in the middle whereas Ashwin struck down the order to take 2 wickets. The bowlers did a fantastic job to restrict West Indies for just 211 runs, a target which the batsmen achieved in the 36th over itself. Rohit and Kohli blasted away fours and sixes to put up a 133-run partnership and steering India to a dominating position right from the start. While Sharma made 72 runs from 81 balls, Kohli posted a brilliant 86 from 84 balls; the duo cleverly tackled the fast bowlers and spinners and took the team home with help from Yuvraj and Dhoni towards the end. The team is bursting with energy and looks very confident to continue with their winning performance.
A freak run-out put Gayle out of the chase and the injuries, unfortunately might keep him out of the remaining ODIs as well. They recovered from this early loss as Johnson and Samuels put up a 65-run partnership for the 2nd wicket and later on Simmons and Bravo repeated the same feat for the 4th wicket. The batsmen fared well this time but couldn’t fell to the spin attack by the opposition thus being able to post only 211 runs. In the bowling department, Jason Holder found early success when he removed Dhawan in the 4th over of the 2nd innings and later on claimed the wicket of Kohli who was well set to complete his century. Rampaul took the wicket of Rohit and Narine struck Raina duck-out but it was too late as the bowlers had given away too many runs by then. Beaten by 6 wickets in the 1st ODI, West Indies now look for some respite in the upcoming match by putting up a better performance and will try to win this crucial match.
Team India is on a winning roll and backed up by some excellent performances, this is a tough side to beat under any conditions. West Indies will have to come up some tricks here and if the team learns how to keep their nerves together and play smart, they might be able to pull off a win too; however India, with all the fire power and the hunger to succeed, is looking better placed to win the match and series.
India, 1.28 @ William Hill
Injury to Chris Gayle has left the Caribbean opening pair in all sorts of worries. With Indian openers in such fine touch and West Indies’ openers not doing anything substantial, I expect Indian openers to put more runs together than the openers of West Indies.
Highest Opening Partnership:
India, 1.61 @ William Hill