Team India will hope to secure an unassailable 2-0 lead when they face West Indies in the second ODI in Ahmedabad. The Men In Blue had compiled a comprehensive six-wicket win in the series opener on the back of Chahal and Rohit Sharma’s heroics.
The team enjoyed playing again in home conditions after a 3-0 drubbing against South Africa. They checked all of the boxes in the first ODI. Having issues in powerplay bowling and wickets in the middle overs, the new-look India bowling attack had a great outing to dismiss West Indies for just 176.
Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal spun a web around the hapless WIndies batters. Team India are unlikely to go for any changes with the series still up for grabs.
Options like Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Bishnoi are excellent prospects on this surface, but the team are looking for a deep batting unit. This also explains Shardul Thakur’s inclusion ahead of Deepak Chahar. Deepak Hooda should expect a few overs as well after the debutant only got to express with his bat earlier.
Probable playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Prasidh Krishna.
The visitors were tame at their best in the first ODI and looked lost against a rather inexperienced Indian bowling attack. They lost the plot after being reduced to 79-7. The only positive for them came in the form of Jason Holder’s fighting half-century.
West Indies have been unable to complete their 50 overs while batting for the fourth time in the last 5 ODIs. The team desperately needs Shai Hope to step up and anchor the innings on the back of his sensational record against India.
The inclusion of in-form all-rounders, albeit their expertise being in the T20 format, is a possibility. Romario Shepherd and Odean Smith are good options. The omission of leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr. was a surprise to many in the first ODI. He could be a good option, especially against Kohli, who has not fared well with spin in the recent past.
Brandon King, Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach
Waging Odds: India (1.16) VS West Indies (4.50)
India is the favorite and is priced at 1.16 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹116.
On the other hand, West Indies are the underdogs and priced at 4.50 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹450.
Just like the odds suggest, India are overwhelming favorites to wrap up the series. The hosts should be able to control the proceedings like last time around but can expect a better fight from the West Indies. Early wickets would be key for India and the prospect of getting wickets at regular intervals. If they allow Shai Hope to settle down, the rest of the batting unit can cause damage.
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