During the second ODI against West Indies in Barbados on Saturday, Ishan Kishan achieved his second consecutive half-century. With a total of 348 runs, Ishan Kishan became the Indian opener with the highest runs in the first five ODI innings, overtaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 321 runs, followed by Shubman Gill (320) and Kris Srikkanth (261). Additionally, Kishan equaled MS Dhoni‘s record of scoring back-to-back fifties as a wicket keeper batsman.
The decision of the Indian team management to rest both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli proved to be a major setback, as the middle-order batsmen struggled to handle the pace, bounce, and turn of the West Indies bowlers. As a result, India got all-out for a mere 181 runs in 40.5 overs during the rain-affected second ODI on Saturday.
In response, West Indies managed to weather a challenging spell from Shardul Thakur (3/42 in 8 overs). Then, skipper Shai Hope showcased his resilience with an unbeaten 63 off 80 balls, while young talent Keacy Carty scored an impressive 48 not out off 65 balls. Their unbeaten partnership of 91 runs for the fifth wicket led West Indies to victory in 36.4 overs, breaking a streak of nine consecutive bilateral defeats since December 2019.
India’s downfall in the match was primarily due to their ineffective batting display. Despite a promising opening stand of 90 runs between Ishan Kishan (55 off 55 balls) and Shubman Gill (34 off 49 balls), the team suffered a major setback, losing five wickets for a mere 23 runs in just 7.2 overs. This collapse severely impacted India’s chances of success, especially after West Indies skipper Shai Hope chose to bowl.
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