Caretaker captain Shikhar Dhawan will try to make a statement once again as the Indian team made up of fringe players takes on the West Indies in the second ODI here on Sunday. After winning the first game by three runs, another win would give India consecutive ODI series wins in the Caribbean. Be it Dhawan and comeback Shubman Gill’s aggressive opening stand, or Mohammad Siraj’s emergence as the leader of the bowling attack in the absence of veteran Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, India ticked all the boxes on Friday to take a 1-0 lead. Took. Three match series.
Firstly, it was about Gill as a high-class opener, who returned to ODI cricket after more than 19 months, seizing the opportunity with a career-best 64 with both hands.
Overtaking Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan, Gill took the batting easy when most of them struggled after the ball went soft at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Throughout his innings, he scored a run-a-ball and hit six fours and a couple of sixes, and took a run out in the middle to end his stay.
It is up to Gill to convert his good starts into big innings and he will definitely want to do the same and cement his place in the team.
Dhawan played a perfect second for Gill as the opening stand was 119 off 106 balls, but the senior batsman missed out on his 18th century.
Shreyas Iyer also found some form with a half-century, a perfect top-three act by the Indian team, but a middle-order collapse ensued and India were 308 for seven after being in position to go beyond 350.
In the middle order, the focus will be on batsman Sanju Samson as he once again failed to utilize the opportunity at this stage, scoring 12 runs in 18 balls.
The Kerala wicketkeeper, however, made up for the lack of runs with a stunning boundary save at death, which helped India win the match with Mohammad Siraj defending 15 runs on the last ball of the match.
On Sunday, players like Suryakumar Yadav, Samson, Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel would like to do well.
Dhawan expressed surprise at the absence of injured Ravindra Jadeja by bowling part-time spinner Deepak Hooda to specialist Yuzvendra Chahal within the first 20 overs.
Chahar returned without a wicket, but was the most economical (4.40) bowler of the day for the Indians, finishing with 0/22 in his five overs and forcing West Indies to play a catch-up.
Siraj stood out as the pacer dismissed Nicholas Pooraj in the middle overs and returned to death with his perfect yorker.
With the series on the line, West Indies would be looking to end their losing streak in ODIs, which has now stretched to seven matches, including a 0-3 loss to Bangladesh in the preceding rubber.
The series is not part of the ICC World Cup Super League, and West Indies have the opportunity to play without pressure from the standings.
The last time India toured the West Indies for an ODI series, the Men in Blue emerged victorious 2–0, with one match washed out due to rain.
The ODI series will be followed by a five-match T20I series featuring an almost full-strength Indian team.
Teams (from): West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (Captain), Shai Hope (Vice-Captain), Shamar Brooks, Kesey Carty, Jason Holder, Akil Hossein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Meyers, Gudakesh Moti, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell and Jaden Seals.
India: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prashant Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.
Match starts: 7 PM IST.
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