IND vs WI 2nd ODI: Need to continue to be aggressive, says Nicholas Pooran
IND vs WI 2nd ODI: West Indies stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran was disappointed after his team got thrashed by India in the second ODI of the three-match series on Wednesday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
In the second One-Day International, Prasidh Krishna’s four-wicket haul enabled India defend 237 and defeat West Indies by 44 runs.
“With the bat, we didn’t build partnerships. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals. In the 39th over, we lost Fabian first and then Hosein in the very next. We need to continue to be aggressive. Pollard is a tough and big guy and should be back. Smith is a strong guy. He is a little inexperienced but sky is the limit for him. We did a good job with the ball and hopefully we can do the same in the final game. And also do better with the bat,” Pooran said after the game.
West Indies openers Shai Hope and Brandon King put up 32 runs for the first wicket while chasing 237. But India’s fightback was led by Prasidh Krishna, who bowled King (18) and Darren Bravo (1) in quick succession. Yuzvendra Chahal sent Shai Hope (27) back to the pavilion shortly after, and West Indies were reduced to 52/3 in the 17th over.
Pooran had great hopes for the Windies, but he too fell short, scoring only nine runs before removed by Prasidh. Jason Holder (2) fell easily to Shardul Thakur’s bowling, and the visitors reduced to 76/5 in the 22nd over, still 162 runs short of their mark.
The visitors reduced to 117/6 after Shamarh Brooks and Akeal Hosein put up 41 runs for the sixth wicket. Deepak Hooda picked up his maiden ODI wicket when he removed Brooks (44) and the visitors reduced to 117/6. Akeal Hosein (34), Odean Smith (24) and Fabien Allen (13) also contributed, but it was not enough to prevent India from winning by 44 runs.
With this victory, India has taken a dominating 2-0 lead in the series. On Friday, the last One-Day International will played at the same venue.