Three takeaways from the 2nd ODI between India and West Indies

India won the second One-Day International against West Indies by 44 runs at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday to establish a commanding lead in the three-match series. Prasidh Krishna (4/12) bowled an outstanding spell under lights to dismiss the Windies for 193 in 46 overs, defending a modest score of 237 runs.

Rohit Sharma won his debut series as the new ODI captain.

  • Surprising role for Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant, the wicketkeeper-batsman, opened the innings with skipper Rohit Sharma, which was a surprising selection.

Pant replaced his Under-19 teammate Ishan Kishan, who had batted at number four, five, and six in the 20 ODI innings preceding the game against the Windies. This was the first time the flamboyant southpaw had faced the new ball in his 92-match international career.

Despite the presence of KL Rahul in the playing XI, the 24-year-old accompanied his captain.

The promotion of the left-hander underscored India’s desire to create a fresh template for scoring runs quickly on the powerplay, an area where the team has frequently failed.

  • Suryakumar Rises

Suryakumar’s flamboyance is well-known among Indian cricket fans, but the 31-year-old showed a different side of his game on Wednesday. Under duress, the middle-order batsman resisted his natural instincts and produced an amazing half-century. The Mumbai Indians batsman batted patiently for 64 runs in 83 balls, giving India’s faltering innings much-needed solidity. In 50-over international cricket, the elegant right-hander also became the first batter in ODI history to score 30 or more runs in the first six innings.

Rahul found his timing after being dropped on four and raced to 49 runs in 48 balls before being run out attempting a double to achieve his half-century.

  • Excellent from Prasidh Krishna

The Windies got off to a good start in response to the hosts’ total, with openers Shai Hope and Brandon King combining caution with aggression. With the help of two fours and a six, the latter in particular looked in menacing form as he raced to 18 runs. Prasidh Krishna’s entry into the assault in the eighth over shifted the game’s dynamics. Pant completed the formalities behind the stumps when the right-arm bowler found the outside edge of King’s willow.

In his following over, Krishna bowled a wicket-maiden, dismissing the seasoned Darren Bravo for only one run. One massive collaboration was all the Windies needed to chase down a modest objective. The visitors, on the other hand, were losing wickets at regular intervals. Yuzvendra Chahal took his first wicket of the game, dismissing Hope (27 off 54 balls).

Nicholas Pooran, the Windies’ stand-in skipper, went out with an aggressive mindset but was undone by Krishna after scoring just nine runs. Shamarh Brooks (44 off 64) and Akeal Hosein (34 off 52) put on a 41-run sixth-wicket stand, but the visitors dropped wickets in a heap when the former was bowled by part-time spinner Deepak Hooda.

With their 11th consecutive bilateral ODI series victory against the Caribbean side, India will try to add to their agony by winning the third and final ODI on Friday, February 11th, thus sweeping the series 3-0.

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