After the tiresome stop-start 1st One Day International (ODI) at Guyana against West Indies squad, Indian cricketers are all set once again for the second ODI match at Port of Spain, Trinidad on August 11th. Heavy rain at the pitch of Providence Stadium played a spoilsport in the very first game of three-match ODI series. As a result, the authorities had to abandon the game just after 13 overs when West Indies was batting on the pitch. The match was already reduced to 43-over-a side even before a single ball being bowled as the wet pitch of Providence caused a delay in the toss. Windies opener’ Evin Lewis and Shai Hope were batting at 40 runs and 6 runs respectively before the rain interrupted the play. Both the teams will now have a fresh start after an interesting three-match T20 International series where India toppled Windies by 3-0.
The swashbuckling batsman of West Indies squad Chris Gayle who played for his side in first ODI match will not be seen in the second match which could prove as a positive point for India. The official team selectors of Windies squad opted off-spinning all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall as the replacement of Gayle.
After the inclusion of all-rounder player Rahkeem Cornwall in the West Indies squad Robert Haynes, the head of Cricket West Indies’s interim selection panel stated on ESPNCricinfo, “Rahkeem has been performing consistently over a long period of time and has proven to be a match-winner, so we believe his elevation to the Test squad is merited at this time”.
When on one side Men in Blue have seen confident enough with their destructive pacers, West Indies on the other is also set with attacking batsmen. It will be interesting to see who will win this bout between the two strong teams. As both India and West Indies are well prepared for their upcoming clash.
ODI matches schedule
- IND vs WI 1st ODI, August 8, Providence Stadium, Guyana, 7 PM (IST)
- IND vs WI 2nd ODI, August 11, Port of Spain, Trinidad, 7 PM (IST)
- IND vs WI 3rd ODI, August 14, Port of Spain, Trinidad, 7 PM (IST)
Both India and West Indies have played a total of 127 matches so far in One Day International cricket format. Out of these 127 games, Blues have clinched 60 ODI battles while Windies has 62 emphatic victories. Two matches between both the squads have been tied. In recently concluded World Cup 2019, both the teams faced each other where Virat Kohli-led team flattened Jason Holder’s squad by 125 runs in 50-over battle.
Weather gods seems to be happy during the second One Day International (ODI) match between Blues and Maroons at Port of Spain, Trinidad as a full action-pack battle could be expected on Sunday. The maximum temperature during the day is likely to be 31-degree celsius while the minimum temperature is expected to be 25-degree celsius. Dark clouds are expected to cover the pitch during the day but later sunny spells will lit up the ground.
The second encounter of three-match One Day International series between India and West Indies will be broadcasted live on Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten Sports, Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3 at 7 pm (IST) on Sunday. The online live streaming of the game will be available on Sony Liv application.
West Indies- Jason Holder (Captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich (wicket-keeper), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach
India: Kedar Jadhav, Virat Kohli (captain), Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Manish Pandey, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal