India v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam November 23, 2013

Weather the main focus in Vizag

The Preview by Alagappan Muthu

Match facts

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Start time 1330 local (0800 GMT)

Big Picture

Rain extended a foreboding welcome to both teams in Visakhapatman as their flight - delayed by 45 minutes - touched down amid a downpour. Cyclone Helen, the second storm to hit India's east coast in as many months, meant the outfield at the Rajasekhara Reddy Stadium was too soggy for either team to go through with their scheduled training sessions on the eve of the game. But officials at the ground were still confident of a full match on Sunday, provided there was no further rain.

West Indies have an abysmal pattern of batting collapses on this tour, which continued despite the more "familiar" environments of a limited-overs encounter. Darren Bravo was the only source of resolve in the first ODI, playing as close to his body as possible and consciously rotating the strike, while his peers including his brother and captain, Dwayne, perished to needless shots born from poor game sense.

Their quest for betterment will be impaired by Chris Gayle returning home to tend to a hamstring injury. Also, Ottis Gibson, the coach, was worried about his side's ability to execute plans. "At every stage, we are way ahead of our targets or on-par with where we want to be [but] we have lost one or two wickets too many," he said on the eve of the game.

India's list of concerns is rather thin, though Yuvraj Singh's reintegration to the one-day unit is still a work in progress. Starved of match-practice, he looked as woeful as he could be majestic when in form during his brief stay at the crease before India's victory in the last match. Suresh Raina faces a similar challenge, lacking in runs and pushed down from his position at No. 4 to allow Yuvraj some time in the middle.

Form guide

India WWWLW (last five completed games, most recent first)
West Indies LLLTW

In the spotlight

Johnson Charles was the only West Indian batsmen to defy the up-and-down Kochi pitch and score at over a run-a-ball. He has the capability to diminish the effect of Gayle's absence, with his proclivity to stay balanced and strike straight down the ground. The challenge, however, is whether he can remain at the crease long enough to provide a solid base, instead of just a handy cameo.

India's plans to groom Suresh Raina as a No. 4 batsman seem a fickle endeavour, as he was pushed down the order in Kochi and then bagged a duck. But he still made his presence felt in the game, with three top-order wickets. Will he have any impact in Visakhapatnam?

Team news

MS Dhoni is rather noted for sticking to a winning combination but seamer Jaydev Unadkat could not summon enough consistency in his six-over spell and might have to fend off stiff competition from the usually bankable Mohit Sharma.

India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Jaydev Unadkat/Mohit Sharma, 11 Mohammed Shami

Chris Gayle's search for a quick single forced a rupture of his left hamstring and he had to be stretchered off the field. Kieran Powell, who opened for them in Tests, seems set to perform the role in the remaining ODIs. Gayle being ruled out could also be the lifeline Narsingh Deonarine needs to present himself in better light.

West Indies (probable) 1 Kieran Powell, 2 Johnson Charles (wk), 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Narsingh Deonarine, 6 Lendl Simmons, 7 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Jason Holder

Pitch and conditions

The outfield at Rajasekhara Reddy Stadium has been subjected to a lot of water over the past few days and the probability of rain on the day of the match cannot be ruled out.

Stats and trivia

  • Shikhar Dhawan needs four more runs to complete 1000 in ODIs for 2013
  • West Indies have crossed 250 five times in 21 matches this year, two of which were against Zimbabwe. They have been bundled out below 100 twice in the same period


"It's hard to pin-point the reason, but we have not batted 50 overs consistently, and I have been stressing this to the players."
Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, on what ails his team

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  • Cricket_is_my_dream on November 24, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta.. Who are you to judge yuvi? Viru I agree that he is not performing well now, but i believe that the captian himself is the reason for that. For a player to perform well, he need confidence. Viru was simply dropped from the team (I dont see any reason other than some personal reasons) while he was the second top scorer in the last game just before dropping. Now his mindset is like there is no hope to rise again at least till dhoni is the captian. So naturally he was demotivated. players need motivation. See how ashwin and jadeja got the motivation and now performing well after some very poor performances (Ashwin is still pity).. So, Yuvi only performed bad in one series, he will come back. just wait and see.. If you are saying that yuvi should be dropped, then raina and ashwin should be dropped before to him..

  • dummy4fb on November 24, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    its very very sunny in Vizag....

    Match is on......

  • SRRY on November 24, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    India is going through its first ever proper boom cycle kicked off long ago with that famous catch by Kapil in 1983. Incidentally that same catch triggered off the Windies bust cycle and they are smugly riding their trough now.

    Don't you worry - these cycles aren't going to last forever.

  • dummy4fb on November 24, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    the weather in vizag on saturday and sunday is sunny and no clouds at all and hence the possibility of rain can be ruled out completely.........and the pitch and outfield today are normal effect of the previous no disturbance for match

  • wirus on November 24, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    The key today will be positive team spirit. India has it. WI have division, discontentment and therefore confusion and a lack of self-belief which is all important at this level. Yet no one seems able or willing to act to correct the situation. You know a team is in trouble when the coach starts saying things like "There is only so much I can say to these players" and "I don't know what the problem is." That is like a surgeon or a pilot saying, "We're in serious trouble here but I don't know what to do." When captains start talking about being taught lessons (which are never learned) and about the other team having luck on their side you know the game is up - literally. The reason why WI batsmen got out to balls that kept very low is because the balls were bowled at the stumps so it was either bowled or lbw. When WI bowled too few balls were aimed at the stumps. This is not rocket science folks. Things like that tell you that it is time for a proper radical overhaul from the top down.

  • shibuvin on November 24, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta..... . go through this Scorecard and you may understand How Amit Mishra's bowling works in tandem with Ashwin' You seem funny with your comments...:) Yuvi is a gone case, Viru is a gone case. When sachin was out of form, people like you told the

  • ashokies7 on November 24, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    "Dear Ottis Gibson" We(India) will win even you are scoring 350+ runs. Our only concern about Sunil narine's 10Overs in WI bowling. if we executed him well, we can make any score. Best of Lick india... Kepp going...

  • humi_cric on November 24, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Darren Sammy still in ODI????? He is lucky he wasn't in the Golden Era of West Indies because even on the nets WI batsmen wouldn't allow him to bowl to them, such a mediocre bowler. Neversee any significant inning on special occasions, he is just lucky.

  • android_user on November 24, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    Its high time the sheduling of matches according to weather forecast and,if a forecast is not at all possible,instant resheduling/shifting of venue in the event of imminent bad weather conditions should be discussed by cricket administrators to prevent complete washouts which cause a big jolt to the popularity of this sport.Remember we lost two odis against Australia very recently due to inclement weather.

  • dummy4fb on November 24, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Yuvi should be placed at no.4 batsmens. Raina can play an dead over game good than anyone.

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