In the second ODI match of the three-match series, India will take on the West Indies at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown in Barbados today i.e. July 29 at 7:00 PM IST.
After handing a defeat to the home side comprehensively in the first ODI, India would be once again gearing up to outrun West Indies in the same manner tonight. In the second ODI, Rohit Sharma and company would continue to experiment with their batting and bowling in a bid to sweep the series and defeat West Indies for a record ten consecutive times. India would also like themselves getting tested with the bat in the first innings as the pitch was quite difficult to score on. Will the Indian side stick to the same lineup, it is hard to say but given it was fairly just the first outing for many individuals in the Caribbean, the Indian team might go on with the same XI. On the bowling front, despite only bowling three overs, Kuldeep Yadav, who was chosen over Yuzvendra Chahal for the first game, took full advantage of the opportunity to swiftly dismiss West Indies. Mukesh Kumar also performed admirably, and India also tested Hardik Pandya as their opening bowler with some degree of success.
On the other side, West Indies would need to put in a lot of effort if they want to beat India. Particularly disappointing has been their batting, as none of the top five players have been able to score any significant runs for themselves as only four batters managed to reach double digits. Skipper Shai Hope, who was the top scorer in the first match for WI by scoring 43 runs, will be looking for some form of help from the other end and will anticipate that going forward, the batters will apply themselves more to their shot-making. The bowling, on the other hand, was pretty excellent since despite scoring a modest total, they didn’t let India off the hook.
India have won 71 of the 140 games played so far between the two nations, while the West Indies emerged victorious on 63 occasions. Two games have been tied, and four ended with no decision.
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