West Indies are looking to level the three-match ODI series against India in the second game at the Port of Spain on Sunday (July 24).
Nicholas Pooran (right) during the 1st ODI between India and West Indies. (Courtesy: AP)
- West Indies won the toss and opted to bat in 2nd ODI against India
- India are leading the 3-match ODI series 1-0 against West Indies
- Shai Hope has completed his 100 ODI matches for West Indies
West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran has urged his teammates to build partnerships in the second ODI against India in Port of Spain on Sunday (July 24).
After winning the toss, the 26-year-old Pooran added that a score of 250 runs would be challenging at the Queen’s Park Oval.
” This is the same wicket from the last time, 250 should be a challenging score. We need to hang in there, build partnerships and execute. We need to do the same thing over and over,” Pooran said at the toss.
Pooran also backed experienced campaigner Shai Hope, saying: “Doesn’t matter if he scores or not because if he doesn’t someone else will. Hope he will enjoy it.”
Hope completed his 100 ODI matches for West Indies. The 28-year-old made his debut during the Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series, playing against Sri Lanka in 2016.
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) July 24, 2022
West Indies lost the first ODI against India by three runs in a thriller match at the same venue on July 22. While West Indies would be looking to level the three-match series, India would be aiming to secure it in the second game.
India had made 308 for the loss of seven wickets in the first ODI, thanks to Shikhar Dhawan’s 97 and fifties from Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer. In reply, West Indies’ top-order batters Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks and Brandon King scored fifty-plus runs but the Caribbean side fell short as Mohammed Siraj defended three runs in the final over.
— ENDS —