Date & Time: Wednesday, December 18, 13:30 IST
Venue: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, India
Series loss looming over India as the West Indies continue to pile on the pressure
A confident West Indian young squad made a difficult chase look easy in the first ODI. After restricting India well within 300, Hetmyer and Hope scored centuries that helped the West Indies gain an advantage in the series, contrasting centuries, but fruitful ones. Both Hetmyer and Hope negated the spin threat that was there in their marathon partnership of 218. Also a drop from Iyer of Hetmyer proved too costly. A big spot for India in the losing cause was their middle order came into the party with Iyer scoring a 70 and Pant finally coming into the act with a good 71. However, India’s batting in the death over continues to be worrying, as they managed to score only 71 runs in the last 10 overs.
Shai Hope, the centurion form the last match has a PPM of 86.6 in the last 5 matches with an MDTA of 1.25 and the other centurion from the first ODI, Hetmyer is at 56.0 PPM in the last 5 matches. As usual for India, Kohli has a massive PPM of 79.8 in the last 5 matches even though he failed to prove himself in the first ODI.
Sheldon Cottrell who had a decent outing in the first ODI with two wickets has a PPM of 53.6 in the last 5 matches. Chase has PPM of 72.8 in the last 5 matches among the all-rounders.
There has been no clarity over Evin Lewis’ injury or his return. If he is fit then Sunil Ambris will be replaced by him. Apart from this, there is no change expected out of the winning combo of the West Indies.
India struggled with the sixth bowler in the first ODI, so India might swap Chahal for Dube.
India probable XI:
Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube/Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav.
West Indies probable XI:
Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis/Sunil Ambris, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Hayden Walsh Jr, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell.
The conditions are expected to be hot and humid to start with and then ease a bit in the evening at Visakhapatnam. The average first innings score at Visakhapatnam has been around 283, but the teams chasing have won five of the eight matches played here. The last time these two teams met here in 2018 it was a tie with The West Indies scoring 321 in the 2nd innings. The spinners and pacers both have had fair amount of success together, with pacers having a slight upper hand with the number of wickets, yet spinners with better economy.
An army with well planned tactics is required to go against a King in his territory. As for Kohli, Visakhapatnam is no less than a kingdom, since in the five innings he has played in this stadium, he has scores of 118, 117, 99, 65 & 157* with an average of 139.0. He is undoubtedly a candidate in the fantasy team with a PPM of 79.8 in the last 5 matches.
The player of the match from the first ODI has a good record against India in ODI’s with an average of 51.0. In the tied match against India in 2018 at this venue as well he scored a handy knock of 94. In the last 5 matches he has PPM of 56.0, making him one of the hot picks for the 2nd match in the fantasy team.
Shai Hope has been the West Indies’ most consistent batsman over a year. Since 2018 he has been scoring runs at an average of 63.6. His PPM of 86.6 in the last 5 matches is something that will entice everyone to add him into the dream team.
Iyer has always been that batsman who has the capacity of filling the void in the number 4 spot that India has had for a long time. In the 1st ODI he showed true caliber when India’s top three collapsed within a 100 run score. He scored a valuable 70 that helped India post 289. He is one of the middle order players who would be a great pick in the fantasy team. In the last five matches he has a PPM of 51.2 and an MDTA of 1.67.
After a successful T20I series, Cottrell continues his purple patch in the ODI series as well. He picked up 2 wickets in the first ODI and was the most economical of all the West Indian bowlers. In the last 5 matches he has PPM of 53.6 and has an MDTA of 1.25. In a game that favors batsmen, Cottrell would be that one kind of bowler who would be in the dream team.