West Indies will look to continue their winning habit and will eye a series victory over the hosts with a win in the second ODI which takes place in Vizag on Wednesday. Riding on tons from Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope, the visitors scaled a target of 288 with ease to hand India a big defeat. They did lose an early wicket of Sunil Ambris but Hetmyer and Hope made the full use of their experience of playing in India.
They put up 218 runs for the second wicket, steering WI’s score from 11/1 to 229/2. Hope took a backseat till the time Hetmyer was doing his job by hitting big shots and keeping the scoreboard ticking. Once he was dismissed after putting the team on the cusp of victory, Hope played some big shots and propelled the score ahead.
Going into the second ODI, West Indies might have just one change. Evin Lewis, who missed the first ODI due to a knee issue, will be back in the playing XI if fit. But if he isn’t cleared to compete, then Ambris will keep his spot.
A decision on the playing XI might be taken at the toss.
In the opening ODI as well, West Indies waited on Lewis’ fitness till the toss and Amrbris walked into the playing XI after it was confirmed that the regular opener is not fit.
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The slow pitch of Vizag will assist the West Indies bowlers but the spinners will look to add some wickets as they went wicketless in the first ODI. Keemo Paul should also retain his place in the playing XI.
On the other hand, India might make a couple of changes. Yuzvendra Chahal might be back in the playing XI, replacing either of Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav.
Mayank Agarwal might have to wait for his ODI debut as KL Rahul will be given another chance in the series. He was dismissed on 6 off 15 in the opening ODI.
West Indies likely playing XI: Shai Hope, Evin Lewis/Sunil Ambris, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Hayden Walsh, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell