India won the toss and decided to bat first against Windies in the second ODI at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Here is what the captains said:
Virat Kohli: We are gonna have a bat first. May be it will get slower in the second half. Because of our bowling combination, we want to put up a score on the board.
Jason Holder: Seems to be a good track. It should hold up for the 100 overs. Looks drier than the last pitch. In a run chase, the batters have to be clinical. But up first, the bowlers will have to do the job. We have one change as Obed McCoy comes in for Oshane Thomas.
India began the ODI series on an expected note with a thumping win. Chasing down a big total, India reached home inside 43 overs without breaking much sweat. Their captain and his vice-captain – Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma – were in full flow as they scored tons to start the series on a good note.
But it is not all doom and gloom for Windies at the moment. On a flat track, most of the teams will struggle to contain the Indian batsmen especially Kohli and Rohit. The Caribbean outfit should take heart from their batting effort as they defied all the odds to post a challenging 322 for 8. But their bowlers failed to complement the batsmen as India inflicted a heavy defeat on them.
Jason Holder will be hoping that his team comes up with an all round effort or else risks losing another game. A loss in this game will pretty much seal Windies’ fate in the five-match series. On the other hand, the Indian team-management will also be hoping that the bowlers do well after the poor show in the first game.
Windies (Playing XI): Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope(w), Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder(c), Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Obed McCoy
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal