India look to seal series, WI worried about execution
West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson said his side needed to execute their plans better if they are to turn around their recent form in the One-day International series against India.
India, who is 1-0 up following a thumping win in Kochi, would look to seal the series here today when they take on the visitors in the second ODI at the Reddy Stadium.
“It’s frustrating because we sit as a team and we have targets about where we want to be at 10 overs, 20, 30, 40, not only in terms of runs, but also wickets lost,” said Gibson on eve of the match.
“At every stage, we are way ahead of our targets or on-par with where we want to be and we have lost one or two wickets too many. In the last 10 overs, it’s then left to the bowlers to negotiate and this has been something that has been happening for the last few series we have played and it makes it tough on the team.”
Rain threat recedes
Meanwhile, the threat of rain interrupting the second ODI has receded, but the wet weather stemming from the passage of Cyclone Helen dumped enough water on the match venue to force both teams to cancel their planned training sessions on Saturday.
“It’s same for both sides. Neither of us could get out and get the practice we need. Obviously, it may look like we need the practice more than they do, but sometimes in situation like this, it gives us an opportunity to sit and have more meaningful discussions about our execution,” said Gibson.