When? Wednesday, October 24th
Where? ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam
Weather? 31-33c expected and sunshine all day despite some reports of scattered thunderstorms around the area
What channel is it on? This match will not be televised live on UK television
Where can I stream the match? The match will not be streamed live in the UK
- India won the first one day international in emphatic fashion against the West Indies on Sunday as they chased down 322/8 with almost eight overs to spare and their batsmen especially are in formidable form right now.
- Much has been made of Virat Kohli closing in on 10,000 ODI runs as he currently stands 81 runs short but he has achieved those in just 204 ODIs compared to the 259 it took Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, so he is on the verge of history.
- The pace bowlers’ positions in the team are under threat given their relatively poor performances on Sunday but they are likely to get another chance despite Kuldeep Yadav waiting on the sidelines desperate to come into the side, although he may come in for Jadeja.
- Despite the defeat on Sunday, there were plenty of positives for the West Indies to take and their performance with the bat was especially pleasing, and they will look for more of the same big hitting where they still had room for improvement despite posting 322 from 50 overs.
- Similar to the hosts, the only likely changes to their team coming into this game are in their bowling unit as Oshane Thomas’ place may come under threat with Keemo Paul and Alzarri Joseph potential alternatives to come into the side.
- Marlon Samuels was out for a duck in that opening match but they will hope their talisman in the middle order can do better here on a track which is expected to yield two more big totals for the batsmen.
This match could very well follow a similar pattern to the first ODI on Sunday as another high scoring affair is likely. The West Indies will be keen to bat first against no doubt to put a high score on the board and hope that the dew factor works in their favour later in the game when bowling. That said, India will not be too concerned and the match on Sunday was ominous just how easily they hit 326 from 42.1 overs as they could comfortably smashed over 400 the rate they were going. Ultimately, their batting and bowling attacks are simply better than the Windies, so along with the home advantage, they have to be strongly favoured to win a second successive ODI.