The 2nd ODI of the three-match series between India and West Indies will be played tonight at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. The visiting team won the first match comfortably on Thursday and is leading 1-0 in the series. Everyone was surprised to see Hardik Pandya as the Indian captain instead of regular captain Rohit Sharma. Hardik Pandya said that the senior duo of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were rested for a busy schedule. Akshar Patel and Sanju Samson were included in the team in their place for this match. Pandey had the following to say about the absence of the experienced duo from the playing 11.
“Ro and Virat have been playing constant cricket, so, we thought they might rest for this game and be fresh for the 3rd ODI. Axar Patel and Sanju Samson are in for Rohit and Virat.”
Virat Kohli did not come out to bat at all in the first ODI as Suryakumar Yadav came in at NO. 3. Even Rohit Sharma gave his opening position to Ishaan Kishan. However, the youngster could not get the job done as India was reduced to 97/5 at one stage leaving Rohit Sharma to come in and complete the chase.
The West Indies captain won the toss and decided to field first in the second ODI. Indian captain Hardik Pandya said that his team was also keen on batting first the test themselves. Hardik Said:
“We were looking to bat first as well, we bowled the last game, and we need to challenge our batters as well. The wicket played a bit up and down the last time, and we want to see how much we can score batting first.
India Playing XI:
Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan(WK), Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya(C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar.
West Indies Playing XI:
Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Alick Athanaze, Shai Hope (C)(WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Keacy Carty, Romario Shepherd, Yannic Cariah, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales.