Advantage India, ACA-VDCA Stadium, Second ODI Between India and West Indies. Nestled on the backdrop of an idyllic Simhachalam range on the outskirts...
Visakhapatnam: It is back to India’s happy hunting ground.
The ACA-VDCA Stadium here, which host the second ODI between India and West Indies, has been a ground here India won all the four matches from the time present skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni shot to limelight with his 123-ball 148 against Pakistani on April 5, 2005.
Nestled on the backdrop of an idyllic Simhachalam range on the outskirts of the port city, the ACA-VDCA Stadium has always been a run-belter.
However, it remains to be seen how the wicket behaves with the two days of incessant rains because of cyclone 'Helen' that hit coastal Andhra on Friday afternoon. The rain has subsided after two days to brighten the hopes as there's no shower forecast for Sunday.
Both the teams opted out of practice to give the groundsmen ample time to get the stadium ready in time and avoid a second successive washout after the one against New Zealand in a T20I in September last year.
Meanwhile, India would look to seal the one-day series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead against a struggling West Indies, who are proving to be a complete mismatch to the World champions, as the two teams square off in the second match on Sunday.
The West Indies were expected to do better in the short format but they have failed to put up a fight as their batsmen continue to struggle.
The reversal of fortunes has eluded the visitors as India cantered to a six-wicket victory with 88 deliveries to spare to take a 1-0 lead in Kochi.
The victory was soothing for the wounded Indian bowlers who were pulverised in the last ODI series against Australia as they could finally exert some pressure on the batting fraternity.
Back after given a rest to heal his shoulder injury in the Test series, Ravindra Jadeja led the spin attack by taking three wickets to bowl the Windies out for a paltry 211.
The trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan have been the force behind the batting as they have shown no target is safe.
The visitors have been a shadow of their past that toured in 2011 as they had put up a strong fight.
The series will conclude with the third and final one-dayer in Kanpur on November 27.
Teams (from): India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, R Vinay Kumar, Ambati Rayudu, Mohit Sharma and Amit Mishra.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (c), Johnson Charles (wk), Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Narsingh Deonarine, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Tino Best, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell and Denesh Ramdin. Match starts: 1.30pm.
20 Jan 2020 3:38 PM GMT