2nd ODI: India looking to seal the series against West Indies | Cricket News

AHMEDABAD: The focus will be on vice-captain KL Rahul’s batting position on his return from a short break as dynamic India aim for another demolition act against West Indies in the second ODI to seal the series of three games here on Wednesday.
The Indian duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar went wild as they fired on the West Indies for a paltry 176, then skipper Rohit Sharma led the chase with a blistering 60 as the hosts recorded an easy six-man victory wickets in the pulmonary opening. at Motera.
Infused with new energy under Rohit, India looked like a completely revamped unit after being whitewashed in South Africa and the team would certainly want to continue where they left off on Sunday night.
The biggest bright spot for India is that Rohit, who missed the South African series with a hamstring injury, was in fine form when he returned.

He would be eager to bring the listless West Indies attack to the cleaners again. Ditto for Ishan Kishan, who opened with Rohit in the first ODI, and did a decent job with a 36-ball 28.
But with Rahul available from this game, it remains to be seen whether the Karnataka wrist batsman opens with the skipper or plays in the middle order on a relatively slow track. Rahul skipped the first ODI for a personal commitment.
If he opens the bat, the Jharkhand Kishan shooter will have to make way for the senior hitter.
If Rahul beats in the middle order, then debutant Deepak Hooda, who played his part to perfection in Game 1 with 26 of 32 undefeated deliveries, might have to sit out as the team can’t afford to. tinker with the rest of the middle order. including heavyweights Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav.
The game is also crucial for Kohli, who is going through a lean period and would love to get that 71st cent that has been waiting for over two years.
The hosts, if they beat first, would certainly like to set a target too, as they prepare for next year’s World Cup.

On the bowling front, India put on a clinical show as the spin duo of Chahal and Washington cut through an unimpressive West Indian formation.
The team management is unlikely to make any changes to the bowling offense.
But it remains to be seen if either of the two tweakers are dropped and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who is also waiting in the wings, makes his way into the playing XI.
West Indies, on the other hand, will look to forget about the improved spectacle of pounding and eyeballing in all departments, especially batting.
Sunday was the 10th time in the last 16 games that West Indies failed to beat 50 overs.

The team led by Kieron Pollard needs to work that out and, as experienced all-rounder Jason Holder pointed out, batters need to put a bigger price tag on their wicket.
“We need to dig deeper. I don’t think we’re too deep to be fair. Our first order just needs to go a little deeper, put a heavier price on their wicket and give themselves a really good luck,” Holder had said.
The Caribbean team also has hard hitters, including Nicolas Pooran and Pollard, and can take any good offense against the cleaners. They hoped that Wednesday would be that day.
Their bowlers, except Alzarri Joseph, have been taken on by the Indian batters, especially Rohit, and they would like to come back and play in the right areas.
Teams (from):
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (Wicket Keeper), Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (Wicket Keeper ), Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Shahrukh Khan
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (captain), Fabian Allen, Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Nicolas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Romario Shepard, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr

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