West Indies Tri series 2013: India vs West Indies Live Score
WI Tri series 2nd match live score: India Vs West Indies 2nd ODI at Jamaica, Jun 30, 2013
Over the course of the noughties, India versus West Indies contests have witnessed a definitive role reversal. The latter are now the hunted and the former the predator, as opposed to the indestructible monopoly of the West Indies in the past.
When the two teams meet in Kingston on Sunday, Champions Trophy champs India would be the overwhelming force to emerge triumphant, if not the tournament favourites, despite West Indies’ home advantage. Whereas Team India has hardly put a wrong foot in CT, the West Indies were resplendent only in patches, as they had been for a while.
In all likelihood, India would persist with the same eleven as they had in the Champions Trophy. Shikhar Dhawan’s unprecedented bombast and Rohit Sharma’s belated coming-of-age have given not just stability but also a streak of menace to India at the top. This is an opportunity for Dhawan to sustain his brilliance and for Rohit to convert his half-centuries to something more substantial.
Likewise, it would be interesting to see how Bhuvneshwar Kumar adapts to the sluggish conditions, straight after a conducive English summer, where his fuller length deliveries found sufficient purchase. Ishant Sharma, who usually prefers the three-quarter length, could be resourceful in these conditions.
However, the decisive factor could be how their spinners perform. The slow, low conditions should cheer Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, both on a rich vein of form. Jadeja’s metamorphosis into a strike-bowler has considerably eased the pressure off Ashwin, who seems to revel as second-choice spinner.
For the home side, a team that seemed to have a ceaseless supply-chain of fearsome pacers, their bowling linchpin would be the benign-looking spinner Sunil Narine, whose records are outstanding at home. Ravi Rampaul and Kemar Roach, too, are canny of testing India’s top-order.
And then there is Gayle, who warmed up to the India clash with a succulent hundred (109 off 100 balls) against Sri Lanka. The big opener blasted nine fours and seven sixes in front of his home crowd to make an easy work of the 209-run target at the Sabina Park.