Port of Spain, August 10: The talented Shreyas Iyer will be auditioning for the still vacant number four slot as India would pray for some bright sunshine while taking on West Indies in the second ODI of the three-match series, in Port of Spain on Sunday (August 11).
Iyer, who didn't get game time during the Twenty20 series, was in the playing XI during the rain-affected first game, which was abandoned after 13 overs in Guyana. There is very little chance that India will tinker with their batting order so the Mumbaikar has a better chance of getting into action during the second game. Two matches will never be enough for Shreyas to cement his place but a couple of decent outings will surely reduce the pressure on the young shoulders and provide a bit of security to express himself.
He has had a good series with the A team in this part of the world, having hit two half centuries against the West Indies A. He has now got a measure of the tracks. Virat Kohli's guidance and a friendly arm around shoulders from vice-captain Rohit Sharma will work wonders for the Delhi Capitals captain, who in full flow is a treat to watch.
Moreover it will be an important match for Chris Gayle, with the West Indies selection committee not paying heed to his request for a farewell Test match at his home ground. The next two games could well be the last of an eventful and colourful character.
Here's MyKhel's Live Updates of the India vs West Indies second ODI:
Virat Kohli has been adjudged Man of the Match.
DONE and DUSTED!! India win the second ODI. Shami ends Windies innings, picking up Thomas' wicket for a ducket. India won by 59 runs via DLS method
WICKET! Shami picks up his first wicket of the night as Jadeja fumbles before taking a catch to dismiss Cottrell. Windies nine wickets down
The required rate has gone past 12 per over. The hosts now need 66 off 30.
Another good over for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Windies need 88 from 54 with two wickets in hand.
OUT! Another wicket to Bhuvneshwar Kumar! His fourth of the night. Eight wicket down for West Indies. Roach out for a duck as Windies struggle to get back
WICKET! Windies losing quick wickets. Shami takes a careful catch as Jadeja dismisses Brathwaite. Windies are seven wickets down and need 90 to win.
WICKET! Chase falls as Bhuvi strikes once again. An exceptional catch of his own delivery saw Bhuvi elated as he got rid of Chase.
WICKET!! India back into the game with a big wicket. Skipper Virat Kohli once again to rescue as he takes a careful catch to end Pooran's innings. Bhuvi sends Pooran back to the dressing room after scoring 42 off 52.
West Indies need 94 off 74.
FOUR! Too many misfields by the Indian team today. Kohli looks frustrated as India leak runs
OUT! One-handed catch by the Indian skipper. Kohli times his jump to pick up the big wicket! Lewis’ innings come to an end as Kuldeep picks up his second wicket of the day. Lewis walks back after his patient 65 off 80.
MAXIMUM! Pooran sends it out of the park! Much needed boundary for the hosts
50! First half century in ODIs comes up for Evin Lewis. Lewis brings up his 50 off 66 balls
Windies need 160 to 144 to win
Tight over from Kuldeep as he gives away just one run.
WICKET!! Kuldeep strikes as Hetmyer is caught by skipper Virat Kohli. A dejected Hetmyer walks back. New batsman in is Pooran
Four! Hetmyer smashes Yadav for a boundary
At this stage India were 71/2
Ahmed resumes with bowl. Hetmyer, Lewis back at the crease.
Play has resumed. West Indies need 215 from 199.
Powerplay 2 will end with the 37th over.
Update: We have lost four overs. The revised target now is 270 from 46 overs.
The rain has stopped and the umpires are out. The covers are coming off.
It's raining hard and the covers are on.
Play suspended due to rain
Big appeal from Pant for catch behind. Kohli is convinced. He takes the review as the covers come on. India lose the review as the decision of not out is retained.
The ground staff are getting prepared. Fingers crossed. The DLS par score for 20 overs is 93 for 2. 111 fo3 and 133 for 4.
AND OUT! Hopes innings have been a short lived one. Khaleel Ahmed bowls out Hope for just 5 off 10.
Shai Hope is the new batsman in.
OUT!! Gayle's innings come to an end. Gayle reviewed the LBW call by the umpires but the review was wasted. Gayle goes for 11 off 24. Windies at 45/1. Bhuvi strikes to take the first Windies wicket
Gayle playing in his 300th ODI is at 6 off 19, while Lewis is at 18 off 27
At the end of seven overs Windies haven't been able to find the gaps as they struggle at 30 for 0.
At the end of five overs Windies have managed to put up 20 for 0. The opening pair haven't been able to find the gap as they are struggling to find the gap.
After slow start, Evin Lewis gets the game going with a maximum! Lewis powered it over long leg boundary as he hit Bhuvi for the first boundary of the innings
Windies begin their chase. Bhuvneshwar in with the new ball. Gayle, Lewis open the innings
India innings have come to an end. There was a 25 minute delay due to rain. Skipper Virat Kohli notched his 42nd ODI, while Shreyas Iyer played a swift knock of 71 to guide India to 279/7 in the second ODI in Trinidad. Holder and Brathwaite did well to restrict India to below 300. The highest successful run chase at this ground is 272.
No boundaries in the last over as India post 279/7 in 50 overs
Only four runs from the over so far. No boundaries yet in the last over and India will look to finish with a boundary
Brathwaite to bowl the last over
FOUR! Brathwaite hit for a boundary by Jadeja on the very next delivery.
OUT! India crumbling here. Bhuvneshwar's time at the crease is short-lived as he goes for just 1 off 2. Brathwaite picks up his third wicket of the night as Roach takes a catch at deep.
The last six overs have gone in favour of the Windies as they have restricted India to 34 runs and picked up 3 wickets.
Kedar Jadhav goes for 16 off 14. Cottrell is quick to remove the bails as Jadhav's innings come to an end.
OUT! Another wicket! Windies have been on the front foot since the play resumed after the rain delay. Kedar Jadhav's innings come to an end
FOUR! Jadhav pulls it past the square leg umpire for four
Jadhav steps up and takes over the charge. Jadeja the new batsman in
WICKET! Windies strike back as Holder removes the dangerous Shreyas Iyer. The leg stump has been removed! A solid innings comes to an end but Iyer has made a solid statement to fight for India’s No. 4 slot
SIX!!! Iyer hits Roach for a maximum as he hammers it over long on! The youngster holds the pose as the ball hits the second-tier’s pillar for a huge boundary
Looks like the rain is back! The players are back in the dressing room. The ground staff get to work as the steady drizzle stops play in Trinidad.
FOUR! Jadhav has just come to the crease but he gets right off the mark. Jadhav muscles it past Chase at deep square leg for a boundary
Kedar Jadhav the new batsman in.
WICKET! Brathwaite gets the Indian skipper. Roach makes no mistake at long on as he waits for it and takes a clean catch to end Kohli's brilliant innings. Kohli walks off after a well-placed innings of 120 off 125.
Iyer has stepped up with a well-timed knock and supported his skipper at the other end.
FOUR! Kohli flicks it past the keeper to hit Thomas for four more. The Indian skipper is picking up the pace here.
A well-timed 50 from Shreyas Iyer. Iyer brings up his half-century of just 49 deliveries. Iyer has justified the opportunity that has been handed to him and stepped up to the need of the team
200 comes up for India in 38.3 overs. Will Kohli and Iyer pick up the pace from hereon? Also 100 partnership between Kohli and Iyer come up. This partnership has built the innings. From hereon one has to take control and up the ante to increase the run rate for the Men in Blue
Big roar from the crowd. The skipper takes of his helmet and points to the name at the back of his jersey. Another ton to his name. Kohli brings up his 100 of 112. A well paced and important inning from the captain.
100! Skipper Kohli brings up his hundred with a single. A very well placed innings from the skipper as he brings up his 42nd ton.
99 to Virat Kohli! Just a run away.
Cottrell back into the attack. Will he be able to break the partnership
Holder keeps it tight giving away just 5 runs
FOUR! Kohli flicks it past fine leg for a boundary. Five more to a century for the skipper
No ball! It’s in the air and it falls just over mid off! Iyer tried to pull but it was spliced. But he would have not lost his wicket because there was one less fielder inside the circle and that means it was a no ball. Free hit awarded
The skipper has been in fine form today
Virat is playing some really crisp shots today. Couple through the leg side have been fantastic— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 11, 2019
SIX!! Beautifully placed by the skipper as he hits Holder for a maximum! Kohli sends it over the bowler's head for a six
FOUR! Iyer runs it fine just like his skipper
No. 4 conundrum
Opportunity for Shreyas Iyer to show he should be batting at No 4. I still believe that, where he stands now, Pant is best served being no 5 or even no 6. Will take the responsibility of building an innings away from him. It is an area that he seems to be work-in-progress in— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 11, 2019
No boundaries from Roach's fourth over as he gives away just five runs.
FOUR! Kohli pummels it past long on as he hits Chase for a boundary
FOUR more! Iyer getting into the swing here. Floats this past the keeper too.
FOUR! Iyer lifts it over the keeper to hit Roach for a boundary.
🌴v 🇮🇳— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) August 11, 2019
Great start for the Windies with @SaluteCotterell striking in the first over. He has taken 13 wickets in Overs 1-10 in ODIs in 2019. Only Trent Boult (15), Chris Woakes (14) have picked up more wickets this year. #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/Y2tr7CybQL
27 overs done with India at 124/3. The projected score at this stage is 228.
Missed chance for the Windies. An effective direct throw from Chase would have seen Kohli walking back to the dressing room. But the skipper turned back in time and Chase missed the stumps by a whisker. Will this cost the Windies?
FOUR! Iyer finds the gap as he slaps it away for a boundary.
Mix up in the middle: Chase to Iyer: Iyer flicks towards log-on. Lewis sprints to his left from midwicket and stops it. Iyer turns back to run back from halfway down the pitch. But he’s safe and all’s well!
Neat over from Chase as he bowls a maiden over
Another tight over from Cottrell as he gives away just four runs.
FOUR! It races away for four behind square. He chops it to backward point’s right.
Pooran takes it at point. A sloppy shot from Rohit as it lacks pace. Rohit attempted to slog it into the leg side. Pooran runs back to take a clean catch to end the opener’s innings. Rishabh Pant is the new batsman in.
OUT! Rohit goes for 18 off 34.
50 up for Kohli! And the Indian skipper brings up his half-century in style, edging it past the keeper for FOUR! This is his 55th ODI fifty.
FOUR! Kohli keeps the scoreboard ticking as he hits Chase for four more.
Tight opening over from Brathwaite as he gives away just two runs.
Brathwaite replaces Thomas.
India put up 55 for the loss of 1 wicket in the first 10 overs. The Men In Blue have recovered well after their early loss.
FOUR! Rohit Sharma joins the party. Hits Holder for a boundary as Rohit plays an exquisite straight drive, sending it past the bowler’s ankle for four.
FOUR! Full and Kohli finds the gap between mid-on and midwicket
50 up for India. Kohli at 34 off 33 and Rohit at 9 off 20.
The ninth over has gone for runs as Thomas gives away 9 runs.
Kohli and Rohit have slowly build their partnership. The duo have notched up 46 off 55.
Free hit: 1 run. Kohli slices it and its taken by Hope. But its a free hit!
FOUR! Full and Kohli hammers it through the leg side.
Holder back for his second over. Kohli-Rohit have steadied the innings after Dhawan's early departure.
Thomas in for his first over, gives four runs in his opening over.
FOUR! Holder bowls full and Rohit makes him pay for it. The opener flicks it through midwicket
Rohit finally gets off the mark with two runs off Holder
Cottrell keeps the Indian batsmen in check. Gives away just 3 runs in his 3rd over.
Six off the fourth over. India at 20/1
FOUR! Following three dot balls, Kohli finds the shot to hit Roach for a boundary. No chance for the fielder at deep midwicket as it races away for four.
Very good bowling from Cottrell as he gives away just one run. Rohit yet to get off the mark.
Cottrell back for his second over.
At the end of the 2nd over India are at 13 for 1
Rohit yet to open his account
FOUR! Another length ball. Kohli tries to defend off the back foot but it rolls away to fine-leg. Not a clean shot but it runs away for four
FOUR: The Indian skipper plays an excellent cover drive that races away for a boundary. A boundary to begin Roach's over.
India at 3 for 1 at the end of the first over.
Skipper Kohli walks in.
Great review from the Windies as they get off to a great start. Dhawan goes for two as Cottrell picks up a wicket in the first over.
And its out! Impact in front of off stump, and that is hitting into the middle stump. Dhawan has to walk.
Big appeal from the Windies but umpire thinks there's an inside edge. Windies talk it out and they go for the review in the last second.
Dot to begin the proceedings.
Rohit and Dhawan walk onto the field. The formidable opening pair is set to open for the Men in Blue as always. Sheldon Cottrell in with the new ball.
The Universe Boss walks out with a placard with the number 300. Big grin for the cameras for from the Jamaican. Gayle will be playing his 300th ODI. The crowd gives him a standing ovation.
West Indies Playing XI: C Gayle, E Lewis, S Hope, N Pooran, S Hetmyer, R Chase, J Holder, C Brathwaite, S Cottrell, K Roach, O Thomas
India Playing XI: 2nd ODI: R Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, S Iyer, K Jadhav, R Pant, R Jadeja, B Kumar, K Yadav, M Shami, K Ahmed
Meanwhile, in the home team, Fabian Allen is out due to illness and Oshane Thomas will replace him in the playing XI.
Kohli has decided to play with the same playing XI as the previous ODI. The skipper backed Rishabh Pant to bat at No. 4, while Shreyas Iyer will come in at 5.
TOSS: India has won the toss and Kohli has opted to bat.
Stay tuned for the toss report and playing XIs.
It will be a big day for Chris Gayle as he will be playing his 300th ODI. The ‘Universe Boss’ will overtake Brian Lara as the most-capped West Indies player in the format.
India is all set to take on West Indies in the second ODI at Queen’s Park Oval. Both teams will be hoping to play a full game after the first ODI was washed out.