India to take on West Indies today
KINGSTON: India today will take on Caribbean in the second ODI of the series with an intention to make a lead. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni''s brigade will face the Caribbean on Sabaina ground of Jamaica.
India lead the series by 1-0 by winning the opening match. West Indies will leave no stone unturned to win the match.
India would like to ensure victory for getting into strong position. Yuvraj Singh, who scored 131 in first match, is in form and will play an important to raise an impressive score.
While for today''s game, all eyes are on Yuvraj, West Indies captain will try to win the match by improving his own performance.
Though the victory margin of 20 runs shows India won quite convincingly, the Indian skipper admitted that things got too close for comfort in the closing stages of the match, and that he would seek to remind his side to never take their foot off the accelerator until victory has been achieved.
"Most of the guys thought that we had won the game when [West Indies] were seven wickets down, but it was a mistake and, hopefully, we won''t repeat it," he said after the win.
That will be the one aspect of their game the visitors will try to improve on, while the other criticial area will be the need to maintain discipline in the bowling. The Indian bowlers were guilty of bowling 13 wides and 2 no-balls in the first ODI, and cannot afford to slip up on that front again.
The hosts too have their own set of worries; their bowlers lacked discipline in line and length, and failed to find a way to combat the Indian batsmen - particularly Yuvraj - when they jammed down on the accelerator. On the batting front, though most of the batsmen got starts, none really stay on till the end and converted it to a big score - something Yuvraj Singh did particularly well for India. That is one other area that Gayle and Co. will try to improve on - try to convert the starts to big scores.
With the surface likely to assist the batsmen once again, we could be in for a run-feast yet again.
West Indies (Probable XI): Chris Gayle (c), Runako Morton, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Dave Bernard, Suleiman Benn, Jerome Taylor, Lionel Baker.
India (Probable XI): MS Dhoni (c), Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, RP Singh.