WEST INDIES VS INDIA MATCH DETAILS:
Match: West Indies vs India, 2nd T20I, India tour of West Indies, 2022
Date and Time: August 1st, 2022, Monday, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
The second T20I between West Indies and India will be played on August 1 at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts. India currently leads the five-match series by a 1-0 margin.
West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran won the toss and opted to bowl first. The bowlers struggled a bit as the Indian side posted 190 on the board, thanks to a fifty from Rohit Sharma (64) and a sensational cameo from Dinesh Karthik (41* off 19 balls). The West Indies bowlers picked up six wickets in total, with Alzarri Joseph finishing with two wickets.
It was a daunting task for the hosts to chase the total but their batters failed to get going as they only managed to score 122 in their 20 overs. Their lack of partnerships resulted in them falling short by 68 runs.
Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravi Bishnoi picked up two wickets apiece as they defended the total successfully.
The Indian side has looked fantastic on this tour so far. They performed brilliantly in the three-match ODI series and whitewashed the Caribbean side. They carried forward the winning momentum to get an early lead in the T20I series. The hosts will have to bring out their A-game to level the series.
WEST INDIES VS INDIA PITCH REPORT
The pitch at Warer Park is a balanced track. The batters will have to spend some time in the middle before they can start playing their strokes freely. The bowlers will come into play in the later stages of the match.
WEST INDIES VS INDIA WEATHER FORECAST
The temperature in Basseterre is expected to hover between 26 and 31 degrees Celsius. It will stay humid throughout the day.
WI TEAM NEWS
Nothing quite came off for the West Indies on Friday. Alzarri Joseph made his debut in this format but then conceded 18 runs from his first over with Jason Holder’s promotion up the order as a ‘pinch-hitter’ yielding a duck from four balls. We expect to see the same XI with a reshuffled batting line-up in this match.
WI KEY PLAYERS
Shamarh Brooks – the opener top scored for the hosts at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy and ruffled a few feathers in the India bowling attack with his crisp hitting.
Nicholas Pooran – the left-handed skipper looked assured at the crease before nicking off to Ravichandran Ashwin. He has a clear idea of how his team should play and performs in exactly that manner.
Obed McCoy – the left arm quick got rid of the dangerous Shreyas Iyer for a duck on Friday. He has caused problems and taken wickets all summer long irrespective of venue or opponents.
IND TEAM NEWS
The away side picked a spin-heavy attack on Friday with Ravichandran Ashwin joining Ravi Bishnoi and Ravindra Jadeja in the team. Although this is not a huge spinning wicket, we expect all three to retain their places and India to select an unchanged XI.
IND KEY PLAYERS
Rohit Sharma – the right-handed opener was at his dismissive best with the bat on Friday. He struck seven fours and two sixes and did not struggle against the Indian bowlers.
Arshdeep Singh – the left-arm pacer caught the eye with exceptional accuracy in the first game of the series. He conceded only 24 runs from his four overs and dismissed Kyle Mayers and Akeal Hosein.
Ravi Bishnoi – the spinner bowled exceptionally in tandem with Ravichandran Ashwin in the opening match. West Indies’ batters had no answer to him and regularly did not pick his googly deliveries.
WEST INDIES VS INDIA PROBABLE XIS
Rohit Sharma scored 64 and a cameo from Dinesh Karthik (41* off 19 balls) helped them post 190 on the board in the first T20I. Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravi Bishnoi picked up two wickets apiece to restrict West Indies to 122 to win the game convincingly.
Shamarh Brooks, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy
Alzarri Joseph picked up two wickets with the ball but the other bowlers struggled as India scored 190 in their 20 overs. Shamarh Brooks top-scored with 20 for them as they only managed to score 20, losing the game by 68 runs.
Rohit Sharma (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh
PROBABLE THE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH
Skipper Rohit Sharma stroked an excellent fifty during the first T20I encounter and the opening batter will want to continue his good form during the second encounter as well. Rohit scored 64 runs in just 44 balls and smoked seven fours and two maximums.
PROBABLE THE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH
Young pacer Arshdeep Singh had a good outing during the first encounter as he took two crucial wickets for his side and gave away just 24 runs in his four-over quota. The left-arm pacer will want to scalp some more important wickets for the Men in Blue during the second match.
WEST INDIES VS INDIA MATCH PREDICTION
West Indies were outplayed in the first T20I by the Men in Blue. Rohit Sharma’s men will be riding high with confidence after their performance in the opening game of the series and will look to repeat their performance whereas the hosts will need to be at their absolute best to level the series.
India looks like a settled unit and expects them to come out on top on Monday.
Prediction: India to win this encounter.