The first ODI at Port of Spain ended in a hopelessly abandoned game. Relentless rains made both teams and officials wait, wait and wait and spoilt the mood of the limited amount of spectators who turned up to witness the game.
India was asked to bat first and was heading towards yet another 300+ total, standing at 199/3. However, there were two rain halts soon, in short span of time. On the first occasion, there was a decent break but no overs were lost. But, shortly after resuming the play, the showers reappeared and caused the match to be stopped and force a ‘No Result’ conclusion.
The second ODI is at the same venue and the weather forecast is also similar. The ground facilities to counter the effect of the rains also isn’t up to the standards. Therefore, the risk of another washout is very prevalent.
In recent times, India has got one thing in their minds – get 300 or above total on the board. This has been their way to counter the changing ways of ODI format. In order to do so, the openers have resorted to cautious start which has been beneficial to a great extent.
However, this conservative approach has also its drawbacks and the biggest factor involves the rain. The fact is simple. The ‘start slow’ strategy is not very effective in case rains arrives before the slog over like it did last night.
But, this logic doesn’t count as rains cuts short the final 10 overs advantage. Therefore, India must ensure a much more quick start. Team India has been a slow adopter to changes but with increasing number of games getting interfered by rains, it is very important to understand this equation.
The projected target was 241 in 40 overs for West Indies at the time of the rain interval despite Indians sitting at a comfortable 199/3 after 39.2 overs. With MS Dhoni and a well set Virat Kohli at the crease and specialist bashers – Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya to follow – India could have ended up with the far higher run rate at the end of the 50 overs that DLS suggested the run rate of around 6 an over.
India’ recent for has been great. They finished as the runners-up in the just-concluded Champions Trophy. The equation in the tournament was of 3 wins out of five which is quite impressive. The side looks great in terms of plan execution. The individuals in the side have given a very strong indication that they know their respective responsibilities very, very well. West Indies should be concerned about it as they have been playing in contrasting manner comparatively in recent times.
India gave chinaman Kuldeep Yadav his ODI cap. The 19-year old’s inclusion was the only change in the team apart the decision to promote Ajinkya Rahane to the opening slot in place of the rested Rohit Sharma. Otherwise, the side was the same which played in the Champions Trophy.
The side for the second ODI is expected to be the same as Kohli wouldn’t fiddle with the XI that did not get any chance to play in the opening game.
Predicted XI for the Second ODI:
Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.
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