After a convincing victory in the series opener, India will hope to continue their winning momentum when they lock horns with West Indies in the second T20I at Warner Park in St Kitts on Monday (August 1). The tourists produced an all-round performance to bowl out the hosts for 122 to win the game by 68 runs on Friday at the Brian Lara Stadium.
West Indies were not just outdone by India in the batting, bowling or fielding department, but also in terms of team selection. India opted for three spinners, while West Indies played just one – Akeal Hosein, who returned 1-14 in his four overs. The Indian spinners, on the other hand, accounted for five wickets between them.
While it was a clinical performance by the Men in Blue, the visiting side will hope their middle order chip in with significant contributions and don’t leave the job for Dinesh Karthik to finish. The spotlight will be on Shreyas Iyer to deliver after his recent dismal outings in the shortest format.
2nd T20I – India (IND) vs West Indies (WI)
Venue: Warner Park, St Kitts
Date & Time: August 31, at 8:00 PM IST and 10:30 AM Local Time
Chasing is the more preferred option at this venue with the wickets here predominantly aiding the bowlers. There is no rain threat for today’s game.
Predicted Playing XI
India (IND): Rohit Sharma (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh.
West Indies (WI): Shamarh Brooks, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy.
India had a rather convincing win against West Indies in the last game in Trinidad. While they are the overwhelming favourites to take a 2-0 lead, the hosts are likely to put up a strong fight and bounce back in the series. Betway has placed their odds in favour of the Nicholas Pooran and Co. at 2.87.
IND vs WI – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1:
Nicholas Pooran, Suryakumar Yadav (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Rohit Sharma, Kyle Mayers (vc), Ravindra Jadeja, Obed McCoy, Alzarri Joseph, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Akeal Hosein.
Fantasy Team 2: Dinesh Karthik, Suryakumar Yadav, Shimron Hetmyer, Rohit Sharma (c), Kyle Mayers, Ravindra Jadeja (vc), Obed McCoy, Alzarri Joseph, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Akeal Hosein.