Saturday, September 25, 2021

After washout, India look to draw first blood in 2nd ODI against Windies

Port Of Spain (Trinidad), August 10: After a rain-affected first One-Day International (ODI) between India and the West Indies, the two teams will be hoping that the rain stays away from the second ODI which is scheduled to be played at Port Of Spain in Trinidad on Sunday. In the first ODI, only 13 overs were possible as rain in Guyana led to a no result. Indian bowlers were exceptional once again as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami kept things quiet initially and then Kuldeep Yadav came into the attack to get rid of the dangerous Chris Gayle. Notably, Gayle was the only batsman to be dismissed in the rain-affected encounter.
For India, it will be about starting afresh after a heart-breaking loss in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup. The batting looks solid at the top with Shikhar Dhawan coming back to join Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli will once again get to play freely at the number three position as he doesn’t need to worry about building the innings.
The middle-order kind of picks itself as the team didn’t get to bat in the opening game. So while Shreyas Iyer should get another go after having made the playing XI in the first game, Rishabh Pant definitely will be playing the role of the finisher unless there is a top-order collapse. (ndtv)