India won the second One-day game as well, the last to be played in Port-of-Spain, and that meant the West Indies have a massive job to do to keep the five-match series alive.
Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels got good starts after Lendl Simmons provided a solid base first up. However, it was disappointing that they did not capitalise. A total of around 270 was required to bring a strong batting team like India under pressure. And, it was very important to pick wickets early.
West Indies did put up partnerships for the first two wickets but failed to capitalise in the end. The team had two leg-spinners — Devendra Bishoo and Anthony Martin — and at least one of them should have come on to bowl early because they have the capability to pick wickets. Utilising them in the powerplay overs would have provided the team a big chance.
The batting collapse spoiled a good start. Both Simmons and Kirk Edwards had a good partnership and Sarwan and Samuels did really well. But Samuels gave his wicket away in the end. At least one of them should have scored big and that would have helped push the total to around 270.
The teams have now moved to Antigua and will play in the Sir Viv Richards Stadium. The advantage for the West Indies is that India haven't played in Antigua for quite some time. But the home team will have to come up with the right plan to reverse things in the series.
Kemar Roach will be back. He is going to be one of the crucial bowlers for the West Indies and, hopefully, he will play a big part in Saturday's match.
Leading the West Indies team is always a challenge for the captain. That only gets tougher if the skipper is not getting the results — it only puts a big burden on him, as the expectations of the Caribbean fans are high.
India have played really good cricket in this series. Although a number of their senior players have not come, they still have a lot of experience. They are the world champions. A number of their players have also benefitted from playing in the Indian Premier League. TCM