Before the series began, the West Indies were never considered favourites to win against India. However, given how they flexed their muscles against England, the white-ball powerhouse, they would not have expected a one-sided affair in the series opener. This isn’t a long series, and with one match already completed, the West Indies don’t have many chances to make an impression.
They will be desperate to tie the series in the upcoming match, which is arguably the most important match for both sides. India already has the advantage and will be looking to wrap up the series, whereas the West Indies will be desperate to get back on track. Things are going to get interesting, so this is a match that should not be missed.
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The game between the two teams will take place on February 9th, 2022 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Match Details to Note
Match: India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI, West Indies Tour of India, 2022
Date: February 9, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
India vs West Indies Team Previews
India won their 1000th One-Day International (ODI) with a resounding victory. The camp did not appear to be harmed by the four Covid cases that caused in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan and main team player Shreyas Iyer to miss the series. Rohit Sharma will open once more with ex-MI teammate Ishan Kishan. After being added to the roaster in the final stages, Kishan was chosen over Mayank Agarwal. With 28 runs off 36 balls, he provided support for Sharma at the other end.
It had not been Virat Kohli’s day. The former captain got off to a fast start, hitting back-to-back boundaries before falling to Alzarri Joseph on an unusual shot. With his departure, India lost two more wickets in 25 runs. Taking him lightly, on the other hand, is never a good idea. Rishabh Pant’s assignment as the number four batsman is not going as planned. He hasn’t done much since his position was fixed. This may force Sharma to change his batting lineup, with Suryakumar Yadav taking the place of Pant. Due to KL Rahul’s availability, either Hooda or Yadav may lose their spot in the top eleven.
In the first ODI, Mohammad Siraj demonstrated his ability to turn the new ball. He will continue to lead the pace attack alongside Prasidh Krishna, who took two wickets for 29 runs in his ten overs. The Indian spinners were simply amazing. Seven West Indian players were sent packing by Chahal and Sundar. On the spinning front, nothing will change. It will be difficult to see Kuldeep Yadav on the bench once more.
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, KL Rahul, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
For the last few months, the West Indies have been hammered in one-day internationals. They only had one full practise session before the first game after finishing the T20I series against England. But that’s no reason to ignore their batting problems. The underperforming middle order and bowling unit have been a source of consternation for management. Kieron Pollard, the captain, must play a captain’s knock to boost the performance of his teammates. In 123 games, his batting average is less than 27. He isn’t adding value with the ball as an all-rounder.
Shai Hope and Brendon King will start the next inning. It is the third place where the West Indies should concentrate their efforts. Darren Bravo, who has guarded the position for 120 games, has an average of less than 30. It would be preferable to bring Nkrumah Bonner into the team rather than Bravo. Another two weak links in the batting lineup are Nicolas Pooran and Pollard. To reduce the burden on Jason Holder at the end, the duo should focus on spending more time on the pitch. Holder hit a fifty with Fabien Allen at the other end in the first ODI. It will be difficult for him to perform heroics in every game.
Pollard chose his old friend Kemar Roach over Romario Shephard and Odean Smith for the team. However, the 33-year-comeback old’s did not go well. In 5 overs, he allowed 41 runs. With the 2023 World Cup in mind, Smith should get more opportunities than Roach to team up with Alzarri Joseph. Odeon Smith will continue to be the spinner. Hayden Walsh Jr. must be included on the spin-friendly pitch for the West Indies.
West Indies Squad
Kieron Pollard (c), Fabian Allen, Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh
Predicted XI: Kieron Pollard (c), Fabian Allen, Darren, Bravo/Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Brendon King, Nicholas Pooran, Alzarri Joseph, Odean Smith.
India vs West Indies Toss Prediction
At the Ahmedabad Stadium, the toss results are mixed. After winning the toss, both innings have an equal number of favourable outcomes. Since the last few occasions, chasing down has become a little easier. As a result, the team that wins the toss should take the field first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The second ODI will be played at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. The stadium has a seating capacity of over 110,000 people. So far, 22 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) have been played here.
The weather is expected to be sunny throughout the ODI. However, smoke and haze will reduce visibility in the first two innings. Temperatures will range from 30°C to 15°C, with winds gusting to 10-15kmph. The Ahmedabad pitch is conducive to bowling. The spinners received assistance in the first game.
India vs West Indies Match Prediction
A dominant performance in the first ODI clearly demonstrates that India is in command of their game. The visitor struggled in the first game of the series. Their recent track record against India has been dismal. India is the favourite against the West Indies, having won eight of the last ten matches against them, as well as three consecutive series wins at home.
India is the favourite to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.18.
- The West Indies were bowled out for 176 in the first ODI, and India won by six wickets.
- West Indies have only won two of their last seven One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
- India has won eight of their last ten meetings with the West Indies.