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India vs West Indies 2nd ODI Highlights: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Virat Kohli star in India’s 59-run win

India vs West Indies: Catch all the Highlights of the second ODI between the two teams in Trinidad through our blog.

By HT Correspondent | Aug 12, 2019 04:30 IST
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Highlights: Bhuvneshwar Kumar starred for India in the bowling attack as he cleared up the middle order. The bowler dismissed Roston Chase and Nicholas Pooran in the same over and, the sent back Kemar Roach back in the hut. India bowled out West Indies for 210. The rain caused an interruption and curtailed the match to 46 overs. The target has been revised to 270 now.

Follow India vs West Indies Highlights below:

03:59 hrs IST

Virat Kohli - Man of the Match and Winning captain

“Good outing with the bat. If you saw later half of the West Indies innings, it was difficult to bat on. Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. The team wanted me to step up and it was my opportunity to do it. It was important to string in a lot of dot balls. The batting became a little easy thanks to the rain. It was tough gripping the ball when the ball went into the outfield. The number of left handers work in favour of Kuldeep. Kedar was precise as well. With the number of left-handers, you want to go with a chinaman bowler rather than a leggie. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure of me.”

03:57 hrs IST

Losing captain - Carlos Brathwaite

“Extremely disappointing. We bowled really well and the game in our hands. We lost crucial wickets at the back end to lose the game. We need to take responsibility. We need to take the game deep. The pitch was pretty good but the bowlers despite the humid conditions did well. The batters have to take the responsibilty. They have been letting us down far too often.”

03:46 hrs IST

Shreyas Iyer speaks

“It was a fruitful day. I knew I was going to do well, I played for India A and I played in these grounds, paced my innings well and think it went well. I decided that I wouldn’t take any risks, Virat told me that we needed to build a partnership and take the innings deep. He supported me very well, we took the ones and twos, hit the boundaries when it came. We decided 250 was a good score, obviously we got 30 runs extra. He told me to bat at least until the 45th over, I am thankful for what I managed. I want to stay in the team for a while, the consistency is always important, I want to play well and contribute to the team.”

03:43 hrs IST

GONE!

Mohammed Shami traps Oshane Thomas and the umpire has raised his finger. There are no reviews left. West Indies 210 all out. India win by 59 runs (DLS method)

03:38 hrs IST

GOT HIM!

Ravindra Jadeja takes a great catch, and Sheldon Cottrell’s brief cameo comes to an end. West Indies nine down for 209. Shami gets a wicket.

03:35 hrs IST

200 up for West Indies

West Indies have crossed the 200-run mark in the 41st over. Jason Holder is the last recognised batsman and he is leading the charge for his side now.

03:16 hrs IST

GONE!

GONE! Bhuvneshwar Kumar cleans up Kemar Roach, who chops on to the stumps. Fourth wicket for West Indies. WI 182/8

03:11 hrs IST

GONE!

Ravindra Jadeja pitches it fuller to Carlos Brathwaite, who gets an edge and the ball goes straight to Mohammed Shami at gully. WI 180/7

03:06 hrs IST

WHAT A CATCH!

Bhuvneshwar Kumar dives to his left to take a one-handed reflex catch in his own over. Roston Chase has to walk back. West Indies are 179/6

03:03 hrs IST

GONE!

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has struck immediately on return. A poor slog shot from Nicholas Pooran. Skipper Virat Kohli comes under it and takes the catch. WI 179/5

03:00 hrs IST

Windies still in the game

Despite losing four wickets, West Indies are still in the game. At the moment, the equation is - 93 runs needed in 73 balls with 6 wickets in hand.

02:47 hrs IST

Khaleel Ahmed in attack

Khaleel Ahmed has been brought back into the attack. Can he get another wicket here? Rosotn Chase and Nicholas Pooran are looking to settle down things.

02:40 hrs IST

150 up for West Indies

Virat Kohli’s gesture to ask Lewis to be silent after taking the catch can be up for discussion. Does such antics suit a captain? Meanwhile, Windies cross 150.

02:30 hrs IST

WHAT A CATCH!

OUT! Kuldeep Yadav strikes once again with a wide and short delivery. Lewis struck it hard and Kohli takes a one-handed blinder at cover. WI 148/4. Lewis walks back for 65. WI 148/4

02:21 hrs IST

25 overs gone

Nicholas Pooran and Evin Lewis are now starting to build another good partnership. Kohli & Co. will not feel safe till the two batsmen are there. 25 overs gone, WI 130/3

02:12 hrs IST

FIFTY!

FIFTY! Nicholas Pooran brings up his half century in 66 balls. This is his first fifty in ODIs against India. He reaches the mark in 66 balls. WI 119/3

02:05 hrs IST

100 up for West Indies

The West Indies have crossed the 100-run mark in the 21st over. It is up to Nicholas Pooran and Evin Lewis now to get a big partnership. 21 overs gone, WI 102/3

01:54 hrs IST

GONE!

Kuldeep Yadav has got the big wicket of Shimron Hetmyer who was starting to look dangerous. The batsman was deceived in the air by spin, as he tried to slog it. Gets a leading edge and skipper Virat Kohli takes the catch. WI 92/3

01:50 hrs IST

Hetmyer is on fire!

Shimron Hetmyer is on a roll. A boundary in the previous over and now two more in this one. West Indies are now 89/2 in 17 overs. This is a fantastic re-start for Windies

01:42 hrs IST

15 overs gone

Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis are in the middle. The stakes are high now as the target has been reduced to 270 in 46 overs. 15 overs gone, WI 69/2

01:28 hrs IST

Play resumes

Khaleel Ahmed resumes the attack and Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis will return to the bat. WI 55/2.

01:21 hrs IST

Play to resume at 1:30 hrs

The play will resume at 1:30 hrs. As per the DRS, the target has been reduced to 270 now and West Indies will get 46 overs to chase the total.

00:53 hrs IST

Rain stops play

India lose their review on a caught behind appeal and the play has stopped due to rainfall. The covers are on and the players are off. WI 55/2 in 12.5 overs

00:46 hrs IST

CHOPPED IT ON!

WICKET! Khaleel Ahmed strieks as Shai Hope chops a short delivery on to the stumps. Hope is angry at himself. West Indies 52/2 in 12.2 overs.

00:42 hrs IST

Massive change

Time for some spin here as Kuldeep Yadav comes out to replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the wicket-taker. The chinaman will hope to get a few early wickets to tilt the match in India’s corner.

00:32 hrs IST

LBW given out

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has gone for a huge LBW appeal after he trapped Chris Gayle. The umpire raises his finger. Gayle has reviewed it. All the three reds in the review. Gayle departs for 11. WI 45/1

00:25 hrs IST

Gayle creates record

Chris Gayle is now the highest run scorer for West Indies, surpassing Brian Lara. He has now 10,349 runs, one more than Brian Lara.

00:15 hrs IST

Change in attack

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been called off and here comes Khaleel Ahmed to replace him. Can he provide the first breakthrough here?

00:08 hrs IST

Boundary!

Mohammed Shami pitches it a little wide to Evin Lewis and the batsman cuts away for a boundary towards the third man to his left. Glorious shot from the batsman.

00:05 hrs IST

Error from Rishabh Pant

A wide delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rishabh Pant failed to collect it on his right. He was deceived by a bounce. This will go for a wide boundary. Easy runs for Windies.

23:55 hrs IST

Slow and steady start

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami keeping strict lines and this has been a steady start for West Indies. 2 overs gone, WI 5/0

23:45 hrs IST

Chase is on!

Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis are out to chase 280. Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off with the new ball. CHASE IS ON!

23:14 hrs IST

Innings over

The Indian innings has come to an end with Carlos Brathwaite conceding 7 runs from the final over. Virat Kohli’s 42nd ODI century and Shreyas Iyer’s well made 71 powered India to this commanding total. Carlos Brathwaite was the picks of the bowlers for Windies as he scalped three wickets.

23:07 hrs IST

Bhuvi dismissed

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was trying to hit the ball over the extra cover fielder’s head but ended up giving him the catch. Carlos Brathwaite picks his third wicket of the day as Kemar Roach takes the catch. India are seven down now.

23:00 hrs IST

Kedar Jadhav is run-out

Kedar Jadhav hit a boundary on the first ball of the over from Sheldon Cottrell but before he could add to his tally, he was run out by Evin Lewis. The right hander departed for 16 as India lose their sixth wicket. Ravindra Jadeja is joined by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the middle.

22:54 hrs IST

Shreyas Iyer departs

In trying to hit the ball hard, Shreyas Iyer misses the line of a delivery and the ball crashes into his stumps. Iyer’s excellent innings comes to an end as he heads back into the hut for 71. First wicket of the innings for Jason Holder. Ravindra Jadeja comes out to bat now.

22:49 hrs IST

First six for Iyer

Kemar Roach bowled a half volley and Shreyas Iyer hit the ball miles into the stands over long on. First six of the innings for Iyer as India go past the 250-run mark. Five overs remaining in the innings as India look to up the ante.

22:43 hrs IST

Good over from Holder

Jason Holder concedes just five runs in the over as Iyer and Jadhav have been unable to find boundaries after rain interruption. Six overs left in the Indian innings and India will want to get closer to the 300-run mark. India need few boundaries soon.

22:37 hrs IST

Match resumes

Shreyas Iyer and Kedar Jadhav will look to get India closer to the 300-run mark. No overs have been lost as rain lasted for only 15 minutes. India will be eying a strong finish in the match.

22:30 hrs IST

Rain update

The covers are coming off as rain has stopped at the venue. The officials are taking a stock of the situation and we will get to know when the match can resume. 7.4 overs left in the Indian innings.

22:15 hrs IST

Rain halts play

Weather has started to play spoilsport once again as the players head back into the hut because of rain. It seemed that even the rain gods wanted Kohli to complete his ton. The play has been halted and we will get you the updates regarding the same.

22:10 hrs IST

Virat Kohli dismissed

After hitting three boundaries in one Oshane Thomas over, Virat Kohli is dismissed by Carlos Brathwaite for 120. The India skipper hit the ball high in the air and Kemar Roack took a good catch at long off. India have lost their fourth wicket now.

22:04 hrs IST

Fifty for Iyer

Shreyas Iyer has grabbed his opportunity with both hands as brings up his well-deserved half-century. Iyer has hit five boundaries so far and has looked really good in the middle. His strike rate is above 100 at the moment and that is also a great sign for the team.

21:59 hrs IST

Century partnership

Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer have put together 100-run partnership and this is the first fourth wicket 100-run partnership for India coming after 18 ODI inns. The 8th 100-run partnership (any wkt) for India at this venue in ODIs and the 11th 100-run partnership for India for the 4th wkt against WI in ODIs.

21:53 hrs IST

Stat attack

His 42nd ODI century in ODIs

His 8th ODI century against WI in ODIs

The joint most by him against an opponent (he also has 8 centuries against SL and AUS)

Becomes the first player to score atleast 8 centuries against 3 different opponents in ODIs

His first century coming after 11 ODI innings

His 2nd ODI century at this venue (Port of Spain, Trinidad)

His 5th ODI century in his last 8 ODI innings againt West Indies

21:49 hrs IST

Century for Kohli

Virat Kohli takes a single off Jason Holder and with that, he completes his well-deserved century. Kohli 42nd century in the 50-over format and he jumps in the air to celebrate it. It took Kohli 112 runs to go past the three figure mark today. A true champion of the game!

21:43 hrs IST

Four runs needed

Virat Kohli needs just 4 runs now to cross the 100-run mark. He seemed like a man of a mission when he came to bat and he is about to complete that mission. Not to forget the contribution of Iyer who has looked ever so good on the other end.

21:37 hrs IST

First six of the innings

Jason Holder bowled a length delivery and Virat Kohli hit the ball on the up for a huge six over long off. This is the first six of the innings and it has duly come off the bat of the India skipper. Kohli is edging closer to another scintillating century.

21:31 hrs IST

Stat attack

Virat Kohli has gone past Sourav Ganguly in the list of highest run getter in ODIs. He now is the 8th in the list overall. Second-highest run-getter for India in ODIs. Another day, another milestone for the star India batsman.

21:24 hrs IST

150 up for India

India are moving along nicely at the moment as both Kohli and Iyer score a boundary each off Jason Holder, who concedes 9 runs in the over. The fifty run stand also comes up between the two India batsman. Kohli also moves into his 80s with his ninth boundary off the innings.

21:18 hrs IST

India steady at the moment

There have been few edges here and there but overall, Iyer has looked good and he has given good support to Kohli from the other end. India are edging closer to the 150-run mark and the 50-run stand is also about to come up between the two.

21:11 hrs IST

Four and four

Shreyas Iyer is now starting to cut loose as he hits couple of boundaries off Kemar Roach. The first one was a cheeky upper cut but he wasn’t in control of the second one as the ball took a thick outside edge and went past the keeper for a boundary.

21: 05 hrs IST

India dealing in singles

In the last couple of overs, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer are content with dealing in singles and doubles. They know the importance of this partnership and just want to build the innings before taking the attack to the bowlers.

20:59 hrs IST

First four for Iyer

Carlos Brathwaite drops the ball short and Shreyas Iyer cuts the ball past the point fielder for his first four of the innings. That will give him a lot of confidence and he will look to build on that. Iyer and Kohli have already stitched together 18 runs off 22 deliveries.

20:52 hrs IST

Chance for Iyer to shine

The stage is perfectly set for Shreyas Iyer to come good in this situation and stake a claim for a place in the packed India middle-order. Much has been talked about his inconsistency but he can do a world of good for himself by putting on a good show today.

20:45 hrs IST

Pant departs after India cross 100

In trying to flicks a length delivery from Carlos Brathwaite, Rishabh Pant is comprehensively castled. The southpaw missed the line of the delivery and it crashed on the top of off stump. India are three down now. Shreyas Iyer joins Virat Kohli in the middle now.

20:38 hrs IST

Good over from Brathwaite

Carlos Brathwaite keeps things tight as the two India batsmen couldn’t take him for runs. The Windies bowler conceded just four singles in the over. Pant has looked positive since coming to bat and he has given able support to Kohli, who has been imperious in his innings so far.

20:31 hrs IST

Partnership building

After the dismissal of Rohit Sharma, India have been scoring runs at a decent pace with Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant building a solid partnership. The two have faced 21 balls and scored 18 runs. India are edging closer to the 100-run mark now.

20:24 hrs IST

Stat Attack: Fifty for Virat Kohli

His 55th ODI fifty

His 11th fifty against West Indies in ODIs

His 20th ODI fifty as captain in ODIs

His 6th fifty-plus score in his last 8 ODI innings against West Indies

Interestingly, he has failed to convert all of his 5 previous ODI fifties into a century

20:19 hrs IST

Rohit departs

Roston Chase has provided the breakthrough for West Indies. Rohit Sharma was not able to score freely today and that was clear from his shot selection. The India opener went for a rash shot and ended up gifting an easy catch to Nicolas Pooran. India 76/2

20:14 hrs IST

Fifty for India skipper

Carlos Brathwaite bowled on the off side and Kohli simply edges the ball for a boundary past the third man fielder. With that, he brought up his half-century off 57 deliveries. This is his 55th half-century in ODIs. The India skipper is primed for a big innings today.

20:08 hrs IST

Kohli nears fifty

Short delivery from spinner Roston Chase and Virat Kohli hits the ball on the on side for a boundary. This is his sixth boundary of the innings and he is now batting on 46. Another half-century within sights for the India skipper.

20:01 hrs IST

Stat attack

This is the 32nd fifty-plus partnership between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in ODIs and they now take the second spot in the list of most fifty partnerships by an Indian pair in ODIs. Also, this is their 50-plus partnership against West Indies in ODIs. Out of the previous five 50-plus partnerships, 4 have been converted by the duo into century stands.

19:55 hrs IST

Four and four

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are now turning on the style as both hit one stunning boundary each in a span of two balls. Kohli flicked Holder for a boundary towards mid wicket and then on the first ball off the next over from Oshane Thomas, Rohit played a glorious straight drive for his second boundary off the innings.

19:48 hrs IST

Fifty up for India

Virat Kohli hits the ball on the offside and the Indian batsmen run a double. With that, India have crossed the 50-run mark in the 10th over. Kohli is leading the Indian attack and he is playing in his 30s at the moment. Rohit, on the other hand, is still in single digits.

19:41 hrs IST

World record for Virat Kohli

Skipper Kohli added another accolade to his already illustrious career when he became the highest run-scorer against West Indies in ODIs. Kohli claimed the record during India’s second ODI encounter against the Windies in Port of Spain as he scored 19 runs to go past Pakistan legend Javed Miandad. Read here

19:35 hrs IST

Rohit off the mark

Rohit Sharma got off the mark in the 6th over and it took him 11 balls to do it. On the last ball of the over from Jason Holder, he flicked the ball for a boundary towards square leg. 7 runs came from that over from the Windies skipper.

19:28 hrs IST

Another good over from Cottrell

Sheldon Cottrell is keeping things tight as he has now bowled three overs, gives away 7 runs and picked up the crucial wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. He is not letting the batsmen free their arms and the two India batsmen are on their toes against him.

19:21 hrs IST

Run-out chance

Rohit Sharma almost lost his wicket in trying to take a quick single but the fielder at point missed the stumps. Kohli seemingly apologised to Rohit after taking that quick single. Replays showed that Rohit was way out of his crease when the ball went past the stumps.

19:14 hrs IST

Four and four

Virat Kohli comes out to bat and straight away lets his bat do the talking. He hits a glorious extra cover drives off Kemar Roach and then the ball takes an inside edge off his bat for a boundary towards fine leg. Roach concedes 10 runs off his first over.

19:07 hrs IST

First wicket of the day

Sheldon Cottrell has done the trick for the home side as he gets rid of Shikhar Dhawan in the first over. Dhawan missed the line of the delivery and it crashed into his pads. The umpire said not out but Windies players went for the DRS. Replays showed the ball was hitting the stumps and Dhawan had to depart for 2. Excellent start for Windies.

19:00 hrs IST

Match begins

The players are coming out on the ground and we are about to get underway with the match. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are making their way out in the middle and they will open the innings for Team India. Sheldon Cottrell will bowl the first over of the innings for Windies.

18:53 hrs IST

Milestone for Gayle

Veteran opening batsman Chris Gayle is playing his 300th ODI - the first West Indian to reach that landmark - and also needs just nine more runs to surpass the tally of 10,405 by Brian Lara as the most by a West Indian in the 50 overs-per-side format.

18:46 hrs IST

Stat attack

•58: runs required by Shai Hope to complete 500 runs against India in ODIs.

• 413: The highest ODI total at this venue was by India, in the 2007 World Cup against Bermuda.

• 50: Yuzvendra Chahal, if he gets a game, will play his 50th ODI.

• 6: Kuldeep Yadav needs 6 wickets to complete 100 wickets in ODIs

• 88: Virat Kohli needs 88 runs to complete 2000 runs against West Indies in ODIs.

o If he does so, West Indies would be the 2nd team that Virat would be completing his 2000 runs against after Sri Lanka in ODIs.

• 19: Virat Kohli needs only 19 runs to become the highest run-getter against WI in ODIs.

• 11: runs required by Rohit Sharma to complete 500 runs in West Indies in ODIs.

• 100+: Virat Kohli (109.85) and Rohit Sharma (101.75) are one of the three players who average more than 100 against WI in ODIs post the CWC 2015.

o Mahmudullah with 101.50 is the 3rd player.

• 20.82: Mohammed Shami has the best bowling average by Indian bowler against West Indies in ODIs (min 100 overs bowled).

• 23.14: Mohammed Shami has the best bowling strike rate by Indian bowler against West Indies in ODIs (min 100 overs bowled).

18:38 hrs IST

Playing XIs

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed

18:30 hrs IST

Toss update

India win toss and elect to bat first in the second ODI against West Indies. Virat Kohli reveals during the toss that they are playing the same XI for this clash. Windies have one change for this clash as Fabian Allen is out due to injury.

18:20 hrs IST

Kohli, Gayle on verge of milestones

Virat Kohli is currently the second-highest run-scorer against Windies in ODIs and if he manages to score 19 runs in the upcoming match, he will take the first spot in this illustrious list. Currently, legendary Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad tops the list.

Chris Gayle is on the verge of surpassing legendary Brian Lara to become the highest run-getter for West Indies in the 50-overs format. Lara, in his career, scored 10,48 runs in 295 ODIs. Gayle is just 7 runs away from smashing the record. He was dismissed for 4 in the rain-spoilt first ODI. The left-handed batsman has 10,342 runs at the moment in the ODIs in 295 matches.

18:10 hrs IST

Top player battles

Chris Gayle vs Kuldeep Yadav: Chris Gayle has been struggling to find form of later. But India bowlers will not make the mistake of not considering the threat he poses. The batsman was dismissed for 4 in the first ODI with Kuldeep Yadav cleaning him up. The dismissal could be playing on Gayle’s mind when he takes the field in Trinidad. Kuldeep will also feel the confidence of bowling against the hard-hitter, after already dismissing him in the series. The skipper Virat Kohli could once again introduce the chinaman early on in the match and the simmering rivalry could be on display.

Virat Kohli vs Sheldon Cottrell: The Indian skipper Virat Kohli struggled to find his rhythm when he faced West Indies seamer Sheldon Cottrell in the shortest format. The right-armer dismissed the captain in all the three T20Is. This is one battle that Kohli would be wanting to come out on top of, as he is someone who enjoys challenges. Cottrell, on the other hand will hope he can get him out once again in the ODIs and continue the mind games with the batsman.

18:00 hrs IST

Weather update

Good news for the fans is that sun is out at the venue and we are likely to have a scheduled start. The toss is supposed to take place at 6:30 PM IST and the first ball will be bowled at 7 PM IST. We will keep updating you in case the weather changes and puts the match in jeopardy.

 

17:50 hrs IST

Debut expected for India

In case Bhuvneshwar Kumar wants some rest, Navdeep Saini could come in while a bit more turn on offer would mean Yuzvendra Chahal back in the mix as an additional spinner. Pacer Khaleel Ahmed will then be dropped from the playing XI. Khaleel went for 27 in three overs and was guilty of bowling short to opener Evin Lewis, who was on 40 when heavens opened up. However both these possibilities look remote as of now since last match got abandoned.

17:33 hrs IST

Jadhav to continue his run?

The series is also important for Kedar Jadhav, who is next in line to get a permanent boot from the national side after Dinesh Karthik. With Shubman Gill waiting in the wings, time is running out for the pint-sized Maharashtra cricketer, whose batting slot has been a worry for skipper Kohli and coach Shastri. There is a school of thought in the Indian cricket fraternity that Jadhav doesn’t have the requisite technique to bat up the order and neither enough power to clear the ropes consistently at the death.

17:18 hrs IST

The curious case of KL Rahul

Iyer being given a go at number four certainly means that KL Rahul will have to cool his heels till Shikhar Dhawan is persisted at the top of the order. The team combination for the first game is an indicator that after a good World Cup at the top of the order post Dhawan’s injury, Rahul is being looked at as a specialist opener who will only come in place of Dhawan or Rohit in case of an injury to any one of the two.

17:00 hrs IST

India’s middle order conundrum

Shreyas Iyer 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.

16:45 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

A very warm welcome to the live blog of the second ODI in Port of Spain. The first match was washed out due to rain and both teams will look to draw first blood in this contest so that they cannot lose the series.