West Indies are set to host India for a three-match ODI series and the 2nd ODI is set to take place at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday, July 24.
West Indies suffered a 3-run loss against India in the opening clash. Jason Holder’s absence did have a big toll in the first ODI, but he is unlikely to make the playing XI after testing positive for COVID-19. Chasing 309 runs, Brandon King and Akeal Hosein had kept West Indies’s hopes alive in the hunt. Kyle Mayers and Shamarh Brooks had departed in quick succession to turn the tide in India’s favor.
The hosts struggled against the bowling attack. Mayers kept Windies in the hunt before he lost his wicket on 75. Sharmarh Brooks fell four runs short of his half century. Though Brandon King notched 54 runs, the home team couldn’t reach the target.
They headed into the first game after a defeat to Bangladesh in their last bilateral 50-over series and would have a large scope of improvement.
On the other hand, India headed into this series with a second-string squad, and the likes of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Jasprit Bumrah are few of the absentees. However, there are few players like Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and skipper Shikhar Dhawan, who would be brimming with confidence after a win in the opening clash. Team India are without their permanent captain Rohit Sharma and in his absence Shikhar Dhawan is leading the visiting team.
Dhawan played a captain’s knock in the first ODI but fell short of three runs for the ton. Shubman Gill smashed 64 runs. Shreyas Iyer also made a crucial contribution of 54 runs. These helped India post 308 for 7 and it was enough to restrict Windies in the first game.
WAGING ODDS: West Indies(3.25) Vs India (1.30)
West Indies are the underdogs and are priced at 3.60, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹360.
India are the favorites and priced at 1.25 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹125.
The pitch is expected to assist the spinners on this pitch, to put runs under control and take wickets at a regular interval. However, the batting unit can post a strong score on the board, on the back of partnerships. A total of around 250 should be the par score. Given the recent triumph, the Men in Blue are likely to get away with a win.
Prediction: India to win