West Indies v India, 2nd ODI, Trinidad June 7, 2011

Room for improvement for both teams

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Match facts

Wednesday, June 8, Port of Spain
Start time 0900 (1300 GMT)

Big Picture

The first ODI epitomised everything that is going wrong with West Indies cricket. It began with the openers: in Chris Gayle's absence, the uncalled-for timidity from Lendl Simmons and Kirk Edwards ended up giving credence to Sunil Gavaskar's comparison of Munaf Patel to Glenn McGrath. Once the spinners came on, the middle order shut shop. Nothing captured West Indies' woes more succinctly than the number 169 - their dot-ball count on Monday.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, who has collared better Indian attacks in tougher circumstances in the past, was restricted to poking and jabbing in hope. Marlon Samuels also was a pale shadow of the batsman who thumped a fierce century against India eight years ago. The result was a score as underwhelming as the bowling attack that tried to defend it, and an easy win for India, despite their own skittish approach to the chase. West Indies will need a huge lift in all departments - including their lethargic out-cricket - if they are to match the Indians.

Twice in two games on tour, India's top order has faltered. The depth in their line-up opened up escape routes on both occasions, but Duncan Fletcher will want more application at the top. Parthiv Patel has a wide range of shots, but will be expected to put a bigger price on his wicket, after perishing to a needless run-out in the first ODI. Shikhar Dhawan looked ill at ease against seam and spin, but to his credit he managed to scrap his way to a half-century. S Badrinath knows how long it has taken him to get a second chance in the India side, and will try to make the opportunity count. And despite finishing in sublime fashion, Rohit Sharma will want to revisit his alarming shot-selection early on. In short, there is plenty of room for improvement from both sides.

Form guide (most recent first)

West Indies: LWWLL
India: WWWWW

The spotlight

Amit Mishra goes about his work with such quiet efficiency that he rarely gets noticed. On Monday, he easily out-bowled Harbhajan Singh without getting the reward he deserved. There was loop, flight, drift and variety, and at times the West Indies batsmen were just not good enough to edge him. R Ashwin breathes down Mishra's neck for the spot of second spinner, but his rhythm on Monday should give him another chance. Mishra now needs wickets to back his case for the rest of the series.

Over the past year or so, Dwayne Bravo has struggled to live up to his own standards, especially with the bat. In the first one-dayer, he was beginning to get into his groove when he walked past a Harbhajan drifter. When Bravo is in good form, he is a fine player of spin, and the dominance is founded upon his sure footwork. Will he be able to reprise that fluency in front of his home crowd?

Team news

India are unlikely to fiddle with the two-seamer, two-spinner combination given the lifeless nature of the pitch at Queen's Park Oval. Manoj Tiwary might come up in team discussions, but S Badrinath has earned at least a couple of opportunities to fail in the middle order. Ishant Sharma, too, is likely to be eased into action later in the series.

India (possible): 1 Parthiv Patel (wk), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 S Badrinath, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Suresh Raina (capt), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Munaf Patel.

West Indies will seriously consider bringing in Kieron Pollard to inject some urgency in the middle order. While Anthony Martin gave a good account of himself with the ball, it is tough to imagine West Indies succeeding against India with two specialist legspinners in their XI.

West Indies (possible): 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Kirk Edwards, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Kieron Pollard/Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Carlton Baugh (wk), 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Devendra Bishoo/Anthony Martin.

Stats and trivia

  • This will be the 98th one-dayer between these two sides. India have won 40, and West Indies 54
  • Among the players in this series, Ramnaresh Sarwan (1319) has scored most runs in India-West Indies matches

    Quotes

    "When you play for India it is a given that fans and media would talk about your performance. I have no problem with it. But yes I have worked extremely hard over my fitness in the last three months and I want this tour to count for me."
    Rohit Sharma is determined to build on his strong start to the tour

    Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • rsrinath on June 8, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    @t20 superstars,think twice before posting these kinds of senseless comments.by the way do you know anything about cricket or indian cricket team?

  • ravindias on June 8, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    My friend that is not true,Indians can't play in bouncy pitchers.that is cristal clear,Rankins doesn't mean much( If you go with it Aus the best odi team) which is not true.If the world cup was in SA, ENG AUS then India would not have had any chance of winning. SA is the best overall test team because they perform well in any condition.They have good bowling suitable for sub continent or bouncy pitchers.followed by Eng, SL , Ind,Aus, Pak.This is by looking at the way they can play on any given condition. SL is the best ODI team,because they play the bouncy ball well and can perform outside sub continent.They beat Aus in Aus before the world cup.They also have lasith malinga.Second SA followed by India,Aus,Pak,Eng,NZ. India is such a big country and they should be able to find players who can bat on bouncy pitchers like Tendulka and Dravid in the future.They don't have any bowling to win a test series outside sub continent

  • reghuh on June 8, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Whoever is talking about wridhiman saha is in a fools paradise....there will not be another wicketkeeper for 10 more years till dhoni is out of action......we do not want to breed any more wicket keepers who can bat for one dayers...its better to have some batsman who can keep develop his keeping skills...... Murali vijay is anytime better than shikhar dhawan...i do not know how a substandard player like dhawan made it to national team.....for that matter,wridhiman saha also when people like dinesh karthik are waiting for a chance.....

  • enigma12345 on June 8, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    D.Hyatt,C.Barnell,M.Samuels,R.Sarwan,K.Pollard,Dwayne Bravo,L.Simmons,D.Sammy,K.Roach,F.Edwards,D. Bishoo

  • dummy4fb on June 8, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    bajji is waste of time bring aswin. oza or rahul sharma

  • ChuckyDoll on June 8, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    I don't understand the role of Yusuf Pathan in the team. Yes, I know he is that quintessential all-rounder that India is dreaming about, but dreaming is not the reality. How do you justify giving him only 2 overs ? Parthiv Patel as opener is a suspect; please give a chance to a specialist.

  • dummy4fb on June 8, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Windies: BATTING ORDER: 1.Reifer(wk) 2.Sammy(captain and world class opener, opening bowler) 3.Darren Bravo 4.Russell(best allrounder in the world) 5.MV Nagamootoo(no 1. spinner in the universe) 6.P Collins 7.Samuels 8.Smith 9.Bishoo 10.Rampaul 11.Martin - wen everything goes wrong in windies cricket, y not this line up prescribed by me a genuine one.

    Gayle and Roach are not needed wen Darren Sammy can do both of their jobs!.. wer can they fit in this terrific line up under Sammy...!! wow.

  • dummy4fb on June 8, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    @BenKrankenhaus: India has defeated every test playing nation in their Home turf(including Aus,SA,Eng).Agreed have not one a series in Australia and SA. But in the last 5 yrs Ind has won Test months in those countries too and a series win last time in England. Anyways will set record this year striaght in Austalia.

  • pargat89 on June 8, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @amit1807kuwait I totally agree with you buddy. I don't understand why some people don't want to see Indian team on the top. They always keep on critisizing India, even when they have proved their talent by wining the CWC 2011. Come on guys, accept the reality, Indian era has started, be a good cricket fan..!!!

  • dummy4fb on June 8, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    ashwin needs to play this game!!! Mishra bowled well, but ashwin is better.

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