Man of the Match: Virat Kohli
In-form India keen to continue dominance over West Indies
Our prediction is India to win the match!
Host West Indies and India are ready for a face-off in the second game of three-match one-day series, to be played at Port of Spain in Trinidad on Sunday.
The home side, who were whitewashed in the three-match T20I series, courtesy back to back poor batting performances, will be hoping that they can their turn their fortunes against India in the 50-over format. The opening game of the one-day series was abandoned due to torrential rains in Guyana On the other hand, Virat Kohli will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards with the bat and ball in this fixture. The visitors will be keen to maintain their winning streak against West Indies on this tour.
The home side will be looking to end their losing streak when they take on India in the second match of the one-day series at Port of Spain on Sunday. Captain Jason Holder will be looking to lead from the front with bat and ball to help turn things around for West Indies.
In the previous game, Chris Gayle struggled to get going in his inning and perished for just 4 runs. He consumed 31 balls and failed to unleash his absolute best against Indian bowlers. Veteran opener will need to spend time at the crease in order to find form with the bat. He needs just 6 runs to surpass Brian Lara to become the all-time leading run-scorer for West Indies in one-day internationals. The 39-year-old will be keen to produce a notable score for West Indies in this game.
The only positive for West Indies from the previous game as Evin Lewis finding form with the bat. He looked good at the crease and scored 40 off 36 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes. Left-hander will be looking to do well in the remaining two games of the one-day series. The team will be depending on wicket-keeper Shai Hope and Shimron Hetymer to lead the batting charge against India, whereas Nicholas Pooran and Roston Chase will look to bring stability in the middle order. In limited-overs cricket, Hope has topped the batting charts for West Indies so far this season with over 800 runs to his name. Shimron Hetymer has looked out of form and perished for low scores during the T20I series against India. He will need to take responsibility and find form with the bat in this game.
In the bowling department, the team will be heavily depending on left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell, who has produced exceptional performances in white-ball cricket. Since Jan 2019, Cottrell is leading wicket-taker for West Indies in one-day cricket with 21 wickets in 18 matches at an average of 33.80. Besides Cottrell, Rookie pace bowler Oshane Thomas has also produced credible performances for West Indies with the new-ball. For the current year, Thomas claimed 18 wickets in 14 one-day matches at an average of 32.72. Captain Jason Holder, Keemo Paul and Carlos Brathwaite are other prominent bowling options for the side for this game.
Jason Holder (captain), Roston Chase, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle
On the other hand, India has fewer reasons to worry about as they look to continue their dominance over a team who suffered a whitewash in the three-match T20I series. For this game, the visitors will be heavily depending on in-form opening batsman Rohit Sharma and Indian Captain Virat Kohli to lead the charge from the top of the order. Sharma and Kohli notched up crucial half-centuries to help India complete a clean sweep over West Indies in the T20 format. Shikhar Dhawan will be keen to produce consistency with the bat in the remaining two games of the one-day series.
Left-hander will be keen to produce big runs for the side at the top of the innings. Dhawan will need to spend time at the crease in order to produce a notable score in this game. Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant played exceedingly well in the third and final game of the T20I series in Guyana. He scored a splendid half-century and added a crucial partnership with Virat Kohli to see India register a comfortable win over West Indies. Pant will be keen to continue his good form with the bat in the remaining two games of the one-day series. Shreyas Iyer and Kedhar Jadhav are quality players in the middle order for India for this game. Iyer has been picked for the one-day series due to consistently good performances at the domestic level.
In the bowling department, the team will be relying on the new-ball pair of Muhammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to provide crucial breakthroughs in the initial Powerplay overs. Ravendra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav will be two spinners included in the playing XI for this game. Khaleel Ahmed will retain his place in the side after conceded a lot of runs in the opening game played in Guyana.
Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed
Virat Kohli, Khaleel Ahmed, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami
Traditionally, the surface at Trinidad is expected to provide a lot of bounce for the pacers. The batsmen will need to work hard for their runs on this wicket. The weather conditions for the game to be played on Sunday is going to be thundery showers with a gentle breeze.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and make use of the lively pitch. The batsmen will need to extra cautious against the new-ball and on a surface that will provide bounce on the quick bowlers. Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad is going to host the second one-day game between West Indies and India. The home side have failed to win a single game against India so far on this tour. India will take heart from the fact that they have managed to win their last four matches against West Indies played at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.
After analyzing both the teams, India look firm favorites to win this game against West Indies.
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant showed excellent form for India in the T20I series while Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Kedhar Jadhav will be looking to contribute crucial runs for the side in this game. Virat Kohli and co. have much a superior and balanced bowling attack in comparison to Jason Holder's West Indies.
On the other hand, West Indies will need to play exceptional cricket in order to break their winless streak in this one-day series. Our winning prediction for the day is: Expect India to register a comfortable win over West Indies.