India were clinical in the second ODI against West Indies at Visakhapatnam as the batsmen shone bright with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul scoring masterful centuries. Kuldeep Yadav’s return to form – the spinner bagged second hat-trick of his ODI career – bolstered India’s performance and helped the team win by a massive margin of over 100 runs. One of the standout features of team’s performance was their solid batting at the top that gave rest of the batsmen a platform to score quick runs.
With the action moving to Cuttack on Sunday, expect similar fireworks by the batsmen. Historically Barabati Stadium has seen high-scoring games and the upcoming encounter should be no different.
Cricketnext takes a look at the live five ODIs at this venue:
India vs England - January 19, 2017 (W)AFP
Three down for 25, India were in a certain spot of bother against a fired-up English bowling attack. But what transpired after that was absolute carnage. Yuvraj Singh (150) and MS Dhoni (134) took charge of the proceedings from there on and smashed the opposition bowlers all around the park. Yuvraj hit 21 fours and three sixes, while Dhoni smashed 10 fours and six maximums. The duo shared a partnership of 256 as India ended up scoring 381/6. In reply, England came close to the Indian total, but eventually lost the match by 15 runs. Skipper Eoin Morgan smashed 102 from 81 balls.
India vs Sri Lanka – November 2, 2014 (W)BCCI
Again a high-scoring match, India opening duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan hit quickfire tons to give team the edge. They had an opening partnership of 231 in 35 overs and India eventually ended up scoring 363. That was more than enough for the Lankans, who could only score 194 and lost the match by 169 runs. In the bowling department, Ishant Sharma lead India’s cause and returned with figures of 4/34 that helped India post an easy win.
India vs Australia – October 26, 2013 (Abandoned)
With the Aussies leading the seven-match series 2-1, India needed to win this crucial encounter. But the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled, due to incessant rain. Eventually India ended up winning the series 3-2.
India vs West Indies – November 29, 2011 (W)
One of the rare occasions that Indian batting line up didn’t really play to their potential, but did manage to win the match narrowly by one wicket. After restricting West Indies to a lowly 211/9, India would have fancied their chances of winning the match comfortably, but that was not to be. They were 51/4 at one stage and looked like the battle was lost. But then Rohit Sharma (72) teamed up with Ravindra Jadeja (38), to take India close. Vinay Kumar too chipped in with a fighting 18 from 48 balls.
India vs Sri Lanka – December 21, 2009 (W)Twitter
10 years ago, when India and Sri Lanka met at Cuttack, then a rising star – Ravindra Jadeja made his presence felt with an excellent bowling spell of 4/32. With this effort, the mighty Lankan batting was restricted to 239. India had no problems in chasing down the target with Sachin Tendulkar ending with an excellent 96 not out. But the star of the day was Jadeja, who also won the Man of the Match award.