Batsmen hold key for Windies
Visakhapatnam, India -- The West Indies have managed to push India to the wall on a several occasions in the Test series, and in the first One-Day International at Cuttack a couple of days ago, dismissing half the hosts’ batting line-up for just 59.
However, in each instance, they let India off the hook, only to rue the lost chance.
The Windies will be looking to get it right in the second One-Dayer on Friday at the YS Rajashekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium. It will another tough contest at a picturesque venue nesteled between the ocean and a spectacular mountain range.
India have never lost a match at this stadium, beating Pakistan (2005), Sri Lanka (2007) and Australia (2010).
West Indies will need their batsmen to step up on what looks to be a good batting surface. Darren Bravo has been in superb form in Asia and will be depending on support from power-hitter Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath, along with senior batsman Marlon Samuels.
The bowling is in fine shape with Kemar Roach showing signs of regaining his range. The express pacer had rocked the Indian top-order with a three-wicket burst at Cuttack. If Roach and the other bowlers can sustain their form, then Friday promises to be a grand battle.
Indian top-order had a forgettable outing at Cuttack, the frontline batsmen succumbing to the pace of Roach and Andre Russell, and to their own mistakes.
It required the guts of Rohit Sharma and the tailenders to eke out a one-wicket win, and the top guns will be eager to put behind that miserable day behind with a forceful effort.
Among the top six, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit and Ravindra Jadeja have been among runs of late in various tournaments, but Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have been struggling for big runs after returning from their respective injuries.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Danza Hyatt, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wicket-keeper), Andre Russell, Kemar Roach, Anthony Martin, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell and Ravi Rampaul.
India: Virender Sehwag (captain), Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Abhimanyu Mithun and Rahul Sharma.
Umpires: Tony Hill, S. Ravi
Third Umpire: Sudhir Asnani
Fourth Umpire: Anil Chowdhury
ICC Match Referee: David Boon