India who started there ODI campaign on brighter note after beating West Indies by 4 wickets will look forward to continue there effort to keep West Indies on the mat. The pitch at Queen’s Park Oval is well suited to the Indians and they would like to take full advantage of this before moving to Antigua for the 3rd and 4th ODI.
The young Indian brigade knows how important is to keep the momentum with them as far as possible. They knows it’s big task to feel the gap created by the absence of Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Yuvraj and Dhoni but they also knows that they are the world champions and they have to show the fighting spirit whether they played against West Indies with second string team or regular team.
West Indies on the other hand looks out of idea in both twenty20 and in first one day internationals they played too many dot balls in the middle overs that ultimately costed them game in the end. West Indies openers struggled to give the team start they would have liked in absence of Chris Gayle, which ultimately put lot of pressure on two senior players Sarwan and Samuels. What must have hurt West Indies though is both failed to carry there inning till end and that allowed Indies to take full control in the game.
West Indies main challenge is to face quality spin attack, in the previous series against Pakistan also they failed to play Pakistanis spinners well and that costed them the series. If West Indies batsmen continue to struggle then it’s very hard for them to win this series also.
India bowling unit looks more settled than their batting unit. Indian pace or spin department impressed in the first game to restrict the West Indians to only 214 runs. The main worry for India is there openers and in-experienced middle orders. Parthiv Patel has a wide range of shots, but will be expected to put a bigger price on his wicket, after perishing to a needless run-out in the first ODI. S.Badrinath know this is golden opportunity for him in absence of other senior members from the squad and he would like to grab it from both hands if not this might be his last chance.
It will be interesting to see how they come up with when they challenge to chase in excess of 260 runs.
Likely Playing XI for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at 18:30 PM India Time)
After first game win over West Indies India is unlikely to tickle the winning squad. On the other hand West Indies might bring K.Pollard to provide the much needed force in the middle order.
India Squad: Parthiv Patel (WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina (Captain), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, A.Mishra, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel.
West Indies Squad: Lendl Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, M.Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy (Captain), Carlton Baugh (WK), Ravi Rampaul, Anthony Martin.