Kashif Abdul Razzaq
West Indies secured a convincing six-wicket victory over India in the second one-day international held at Barbados on Saturday, marking their first triumph against the Asian side in almost four years. This triumph brought the series level at 1-1, setting the stage for an exciting decider scheduled for Tuesday. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were given a rest in the second match by the Indian team management.After winning the toss, India had a promising start with Ishan Kishan (55) and Shubman Gill (34) forming an opening partnership of 90 runs.
However, a batting collapse followed, leaving India struggling at 113-5 before Suryakumar Yadav (24) tried to stabilize the innings.Unfortunately, a second collapse in the lower order led to India being bowled out for 181 runs. Gudakesh Motie and all-rounder Romario Shepherd both claimed three wickets each, taking advantage of the bowler-friendly pitch.
In response, Shardul Thakur made an impact by taking three wickets, initially shaking West Indies’ top order. But Kyle Mayers’ quick start of 36 runs off 28 deliveries, including two sixes, set the tone for the chase.
West Indies captain Shai Hope (63 not out) and Keacy Carty (48 not out) displayed a composed batting performance, successfully chasing down the target and securing victory in the 37th over.
Shai Hope, who was named the player of the match, expressed his satisfaction, acknowledging the difficulty of scoring quickly on the pitch against India’s quality bowling attack. He emphasized the team’s goal to bounce back and win one more game to clinch the series.Following the ODIs, both teams will continue their cricketing battle in a five-match Twenty20 series.