New Delhi: India kicked off their ODI campaign with a morale-boosting 1-0 lead in the series against West Indies. Now, Suresh Raina led Team India will look to press the home advantage against a nervy West Indies in the second one-day match at Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad on Wednesday.

Without key players like master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the young Indian turks led by Suresh Raina proved their mettle in the first match.

The Caribbeans, on the other hand, would hope to tilt the scale in their favour when they will take on India on Wednesday in the second one-dayer.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first but got off to a bad start losing Lendl Simmons in the seventh over with just 23 runs on the board.

For West Indies key men Ramnaresh Sarwan (56) and Marlon Samuels (55), could do an 82-run fourth wicket stand, and propelled Caribbeans to a defending total.

Chasing an easy target of 215 runs, India got off to decent start as Parthiv Patel and Shikhar dhawan added 29 runs from just five overs.

Well settled Dhawan and Rohit Sharma then added 43 runs from 10 overs for the fourth wicket taking the total to 104 with Dhawan reaching his half century from 73 deliveries.

After the departure of Dhawan and skipper Raina, Rohit and Yusuf then held the fort and added 26 runs from four overs.

With just five runs required from 36 balls, Indian turbunator Harbhajan Singh finished off the match in style hitting Sammy for a six over deep square leg, winning the match by four wickets with 31 balls to spare.

Rohit Sharma remained not out on 68 from 75 deliveries with three hits to the fence and one over it.

For Windies, experienced batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan showed signs of returning to his best.

One of the heroes of IPL season 4, Kieron Pollard may bolster Windies side on Wednesday. His presence in the playing XI will give a strong back up to his side as the West Indies are lacking the firepower in their team.

For Indians, the worry is the lack of class openers, who can give a classy start to the team. Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan have been pitch-forked to fill in for the injured duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir and their start was not too impressive.

But India's strength lies in its middle-order which has talented batsmen including Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli who can change the game any point of time. In fact, both of them came good in the opening match with half centuries.

Spinners are strength of the Indian line up as leg-spinner Amit Mishra, preferred ahead of R Ashwin, was impressive.

The pace department led by Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar would have to produce a special effort in the absence of spearhead Zaheer Khan.


West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Lendl Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh (wk), Andre Russell, Anthony Martin, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul.

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, Subramaniam Badrinath, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ramachandran Ashwin, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma.