Favourites India look to consolidate lead against West Indies

VISAKHAPATNAM: Equipped with a top-order that is riding an unheard of run of wealthy form, India are favoured to extend their dominance whilst West Indies face insurmountable odds to attract parity, in the second One-day International on Wednesday.

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It has been a mismatch of gigantic proportions so far and it appears to be like extremely not going that West Indies would have a lot of a possibility against the well-oiled device that India seem to be at house.

If captain Virat Kohli provides another 81 runs to his awe-inspiring tally, he's going to turn into the quickest guy to 10,000 runs in this structure, surpassing the iconic Sachin Tendulkar.

The risk of this record being broken has added to the thrill of the port town's frenzied fanatics.

Tendulkar took 259 innings to get there and Kohli has so far batted 204 instances.

Notwithstanding the Indian bowlers' profligate show, albeit on a belter, the home crew made easy work of what appeared like a stiff 323-run target in the collection opener, taking a 1-Zero lead in the five-match rubber.

In Guwahati, India unleashed their batting may as Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma, arguably the two perfect batsmen in the 50-over recreation these days, smashed big hundreds in quick time.

Finishing the game with eight overs to spare was a remark of sorts, and another blow to the West Indies' morale.

However, despite the convincing margin of victory, India shall be at an advantage with a little of frugality from their bowlers on the Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.

Besides, India are not going to get enough alternatives to test their middle-order by contrast West Indies assault, what with the home crew's height 3 batsmen in the mood to plunder runs.

But the loss of enough game-time for their middle-order may not grasp India in good stead in the run-up to the World Cup.

As a long way as the impending tournament is anxious, Kohli knows his crew is skinny in the bowling department, and West Indies made complete use of the weak spot, though the visiting crew's assault too, was taken to the task under lighting.

In the absence of 'loss of life overs specialist' Jasprit Bumrah and the dependable Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Indian seamers were not up to the mark on the Barsapara Stadium.

Also, Ravindra Jadeja didn't look threatening in the center overs and this allowed West Indies batsmen to stay going for their strokes.

After creating a fine comeback in ODIs against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, Jadeja has now not been ready to be as penetrative in the rest fits.

He leaked runs in the first recreation of the continuing collection, but taking into consideration his all-round abilities, he's anticipated to get a longer run.

Mohammad Shami was wayward and was taken for numerous runs -- 81 to be actual -- in his quota of 10 overs. Given the loss of choices at his disposal these days though, Kohli may continue with the seamer.

Fresh from a 10-wicket time out in the second Test, Umesh Yadav may now not reflect his red ball form, conceding too many runs.

More than his bowling figures, what was hectic was the truth that the speedster lacked direction, one thing that has stricken him prior to now as nicely.

With less than a yr left for the World Cup and the crew management desperate to form a pool of fast bowlers for the showpiece in England, Umesh could also be prone to get a longer run.

India may still ring in a transformation or two, though.

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who was now not performed in the opening recreation and which had a bearing on the center overs, is prone to substitute Khaleel Ahmed, who looked out of sorts against the marauding Shimron Hetmyer, who struck a blazing 78-ball 106.

Hetmyer's knock was one of the vital few positives for the beleaguered guests, excluding the brisk get started provided by Kieran Powell. While the two showed up, West Indies would hope others too, would make substantial contributions in the remainder of the collection.

The seasoned Marlon Samuels is part of the squad but he perished quickly in the first tournament. He would look to make up for his failure, identical to India's Shikhar Dhawan.

Dhawan was in prolific form in India's triumphant Asia Cup campaign and he's anticipated to fireside anytime soon. The last time he batted here, against Sri Lanka in December 2017, Dhawan compiled a match-winning century.

Rishabh Pant, who has already made his presence felt in his temporary international profession, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, best add to the West Indians' worry.

For West Indies, pace spearhead Kemar Roach is back after missing the Test collection due to bereavement in the circle of relatives, but he may now not inspire the crew first up.

Roach will get another alternative on Wednesday, and so will the likes of Devendra Bishoo, and skipper Jason Holder himself.


India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul

West Indies: Jason Holder (Captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane Thomas.
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