Second ODI: West Indies vs India Preview

Cricket ball sits on pitch

The first match of the series had barely got underway when rain brought a permanent halt to proceedings putting great importance on the second ODI.

The side that comes out on top will not be able to lose the three-match series that will conclude on Wednesday at the same venue.

West Indies vs India Sunday 11 August 2019 |  Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago | 15:30 

To Win
West Indies 5/2
Tie 35/1
India 32/100


West Indies 
Playing the first of two games at the Queen's Park Oval it will be important for the West Indies to start well against a very confident India outfit.

In the previous match just 13 overs were bowled but at the very least Evin Lewis spent some time out in the middle and looked to be getting back towards his best form.

Chris Gayle was the only man out falling to India's ploy to let Kuldeep Yadav take the new ball. The West Indies top order will need to find an answer to India's spin weapons, the chief of which is the left-arm wrist spinner.

There was place in the team for both Shai Hope, who was designated wicketkeeper even though he never got behind the stumps, and Nicholas Pooran who was picked as a specialist batsman.

The West Indies like to use Shimron Hetmyer as a finisher and it seems he will have to get used to batting as low as number six.

The Windies own spin threat is generated by allrounders Roston Chase and Fabian Allen while Sheldon Cottrell and Kemar Roach lead the pace attack backed up by skipper Jason Holder and seam-bowling allrounder Carlos Brathwaite.


India 
India have kept faith with Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed as the pace attack and used spin-bowling allrounders to staff their lower-order in the absence of Hardik Pandya.

Also absent for India is MS Dhoni, with rumours flying around that he will soon call it quits although the official explanation for his absence is his military service.

Skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma have dismissed the suggestion of a rift in the team's leadership. Both players are integral to team performance as well as being the leaders.

Ravindra Jadeja really has carved out a niche for himself in the ODI group for India over the last 18 months, driven by some fantastic lower-order batting, brilliant fielding and clever bowling. Jadeja could be key to this contest.

India played in the last ODI to take place at the Queen's Park Oval, back in 2017, winning the contest against the West Indies by 105 runs.

Verdict: India  32/100
Kohli's charges need to get the result.


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