About the Match
The first ODI between West Indies and England showed that while the two teams may be far apart on rankings, the hosts cannot be taken lightly. Can the West Indies strike back in the second ODI or will England be able to secure the series win in the first two matches itself?
2nd ODI Preview
There is an air of optimism around West Indian cricket because of the new coach, new board CEO and the work that Richard Pybus has done in making the first class structure professional. The players have also been selected on the basis of a 50 over tournament just held and that translated to some form being shown on the field as well.
Evan Lewis looked in excellent form before being getting out while Jason Mohammed and Jonathan Carter threatened to stage a recovery and take the game away from England. The bowling also looked threatening with Shannon Gabriel generating some serious pace and Jason Holder keeping things quiet. Alzarri Joseph was also threatening but his lines could have been better.
Ashley Nurse and Devendra Bishoo bowled well without really getting too many wickets. One of the issues that the West Indies will be wary of will be the low strike rate of Kraigg Braithwaite at the top of the order that can bog down his partner as well.
They could make room for the aggressive Rovman Powell at the top of the order or maybe look to use Carlos Braithwaite in a more aggressive fashion.
Back Nurse and Bishoo to have another good game with one of the two bowlers likely to be the top wicket taker. Even Lewis is our pick to be the top run scorer along with Jason Mohammad to possible get another fifty down the order.
We think the same eleven will play this match.
Eoin Morgan is continuing from where he left off in India and is possibly one of the best One Day batsmen in the world right now. He would be aware though that had his simple catch been taken by the West Indies, the result could have been very different.
Jason Roy and Sam Billings have been doing well for the England side with the dependable Jor Root to follow. Expect Root to score some valuable runs in this second game and maybe even go on to score the top score from the England side.
That being said, we think the English side will struggle on a pitch that will be much more difficult to score on this time around. The conditions had started to slow up considerably by the end of the first match and with the same 22 yards being used for this match, a lower slower surface is certainly on the cards.
This will bring into focus the England spinners, especially Adil Rashid, who would fancy himself against the big-hitting West Indian batsmen. He is our pick to be the top wicket taker in the second match.
There is no doubt that England is the favorite to win once again and is the better team on paper, however, we think that the West Indies provides excellent value as the underdogs. The slow conditions could tilt the balance in the favor of the hosts.
Back the West Indies To Win
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