Recent Match Report – India vs West Indies 2nd ODI 2023

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India 181 (Kishan 55, Motie 3-36, Shepherd 3-37) vs West Indies

A combination of good bowling, help from the pitch and refreshing athleticism from the fielders helped West Indies reduce India from a solid 90 for 0 to a dicey 113 for 5 and finally 181 all out, during a collapse each on either side of a lengthy rain interruption. The visitors never recovered after the first five wickets fell in the space of 45 balls in the second ODI in Bridgetown, where they opted to rest both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. West Indies sensed an opportunity and they pounced, giving themselves more than a fair chance of beating India in an ODI for the first time since December 2019.
There was extra bounce for the pace bowlers, and grip and turn for the spinners at Kensington Oval, as Gudakesh Motie and Romario Shepherd capitalised with three wickets apiece in a strong bowling effort from West Indies. It all started in the 17th over of India’s innings, when a full delivery tossed up by Motie had Shubman Gill lofting to long-off for 34, his highest score in seven international innings across formats since June.
That got West Indies going, as in the 18th over, Alick Athanaze dived to his right at point to send Ishan Kishan back for 55. It was the India opener’s second successive half-century of the series. Two overs later, Shepherd got one to rise sharply at Axar Patel, promoted to No. 4, who was cramped for room with the ball angling in from around the wicket. Axar tried to drop his gloves down, but still ended up tickling behind to the wicketkeeper.

Jayden Seales then got his only wicket of the day when a shoulder-height bouncer to India’s stand-in captain Hardik Pandya had him pulling straight to midwicket, before Yannic Cariah foxed the comeback man Sanju Samson with turn and bounce. Landing one on a good length around off stump, Cariah got the legbreak the to jump as well as move considerably away from the right-hander. Samson jabbed at it with a flat bat, only belatedly thinking of letting it go. But by then, it was a little too late, as the outside edge went to the slip fielder Brandon King.

India were sliding, and there came heavy rain. When Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja added 33 runs together to signal a brief recovery period after the stoppage, it seemed like the break was a blessing in disguise. But West Indies seized control again, picking up the last five wickets for just 35 runs. India were bowled out with 9.1 overs still remaining.

Shepherd again pitched short at the left-hander Jadeja, having him top edge a pull to fine leg in the 32nd over. And with Motie getting turn and bounce, he had Suryakumar slashing to point after an entertaining 24. Soon after, came another moment of spectacular fielding from West Indies, when Keacy Carty rushed in and dived forward from deep square leg to dismiss Umran Malik in the 38th over.

Motie wrapped the innings up when he got last man Mukesh Kumar in the 41st, finishing with 3 for 36, and giving West Indies an opportunity to make it 1-1 after a loss in the first ODI on Thursday.

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