India and West Indies will play the second game of the three-match ODI series at ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
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The second ODI match will begin at 1:30 pm IST on Sunday and will be telecast live in India on Star Sports1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD1. For live streaming, log on to Star Sports official website. To catch the match by live streaming online in the U.K., click HERE. You can catch the match Live online in the U.S., by clicking HERE.
India won the first ODI at Kochi convincingly by six wickets with 88 balls to spare. The win has not only proved that they have adapted to the shorter version of the game but also manifested the strength of the present Indian team. They will be high on confidence after their impressive display in the field over the last few weeks.
West Indies on the other hand will be under pressure when they take the field on Sunday, as a loss will mean a series defeat. Criticisms from home could do more harm than good to their performance in the remaining two games but it can also pose as a challenge to play competitive cricket. They will be keen to level the series on Sunday.
The second ODI will be interesting as the visitors will try to put up a good show and win the ODI series after the humiliating defeat in the Test series bad weather could play spoilsports, as it has been raining for the last couple of days in Visakhapatnam.
West Indies and India have 58-49 win-loss, one tied and two no result record in 110 ODIs played till date. India won the previous encounter at Kochi by six wickets.
India is expected to field the same squad that won the previous match. However, West Indies has received a big blow to their attempt to level the series after danger man Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the second game after suffering a hamstring injury in the previous match.
India have shown their dominance in the series by winning the previous match convincingly, making 211 total an easy target. Rohit Sharma (72) and Virat Kohli (86) took the team home comfortably. With most of the batsmen in form, Indian batting line-up looks formidable.
Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina took two wickets each and Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets at Kochi. They will be expected to deliver more of such performance in the remaining two games.
West Indies seem to have not come out of the humiliating Test series defeat as they went down without putting up a hard fight in the first match. Batsmen failed again and that cost them the game. Johnson Charles (42) and Darren Bravo (59) were the top scorers for the team on Thursday. The top order needs to give a good start and bat 50 overs if they are to pose a challenge for a win.
Jason Holder took two wickets while Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine took a wicket apiece but 211 score was too small to defend with the kind of batting line-up India boast of.
Chris Gayle's injury is not only a setback to West Indies but also can be seen as a disappointment for cricket lovers, as people expect him to hit big every time he takes the crease and entertain the crowd. His absence could make all the difference to the performance of the visitors on Sunday.
India are the favourites to win.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohit Sharma.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons.