In the backdrop of a deplorable test series, hopes of West Indian redemption in the ODI series were lean. As they were up against an Indian side basking in the aura of invincibility in home conditions, the drubbing in the first ODI was a foregone conclusion. The batsmen did well to put a 300 plus score on the board, though helped by batting friendly conditions, but the bowling fell apart in the onslaught of the famed Indian top order. The Kohli-Rohit duo proved formidable for a hapless Windies’ bowling unit, taking it to the cleaners on their way to splendid centuries.
With India setting the tone for the ODI series with an emphatic win, Windies will have to do the catching up in the second ODI scheduled at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018. The contest is more likely to go India’s way unless complacency creeps in or the Windies come up with an all round performance. Captain Holder apparently has to put on his thinking cap to strategize a strong comeback, especially in the bowling and fielding departments. However, given the lack of resources at his disposal, this will be a tall ask.
Despite the loss in the first ODI, the visitors can take heart from some individual performances, including that of Shimron Hetmyer, a young talent who hit his way to a 78-ball century. In the upcoming ODI, he will be the player to watch out for, and so will be Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels, the two staples in the West Indian line up. The young burly, Oshane Thomas, can also make the difference with his express pace, provided he bowls a disciplined line and length.
India, on the other hand, will be looking to tighten up the screws in the bowling departments, particularly when two of its pace stalwarts, Bumrah and Kumar, are cooling their heels. The management will be working on Sami who has been way more expensive to its liking. India is likely to go with the same set of players, but Windies may make some exclusions and inclusions.
The pitch at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam is batting friendly and is expected to hold true to its reputation when the second ODI unfolds. Although a run feast is on the cards, the spinners can spoil the party since the pitch will also offer some assistance to them as the game progresses. The weather will be sunny with temperatures touching 33 C, and humidity levels of 60 percent. The team calling the toss right will more likely to bate first.
|Match||India vs Windies, 2nd ODI|
|Date||24 October 2018 – day/night match (50-over match)|
|Time||08:00 AM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL|
|Venue||Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam|
|Match number||ODI no. 4059|
|TV Umpires||Paul Wilson|
|Reserve Umpire||Nitin Menon|
|Match Referee||Chris Broad|