The winner of the 1st T20 fixture proved that they have still got the spark and enthusiasm to win T20 fixtures on the international stage and playing T20 format against West Indie is still a huge task. With a lead of 1-0 in a five-match T20 series, West Indies will be taking on India again for the 2nd T20 on Sunday at Providence Stadium.
West Indies registered a thrilling win in the first T20 and now they will be confident enough for the 2nd T20 and the rest of the series. The top bookmakers in India have amazing odds for this match.
The overconfidence of team India would have been shattered and the loss in the 1st T20 would have been a humbling moment for the team.
It was a good outing for West Indies on Thursday but there are still a few voids that the team needs to fulfill. Kyle Mayers and Johnson Charles completely failed to give the team a stable start.
However, it was Nicholas Pooran (41 off 34) and Rovman Powell (48 off 32) who handled the innings in the middle order. The bowlers played an important role as Obed McCoy, Jason Holder, and Romario Shepherd picked up two wickets each and destabilized the Indian batters on the field.
Skipper Rovman Powell won’t be making any changes to the winning combination.
Predicted Lineup: Obed McCoy, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Akeal Hosein, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles
Team India had the match in control during the starting hours of the match. Bowling first, Arshdeep Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up two wickets each while maintaining an economy of 7.75 and 8 respectively. Axar Patel turned out to be expensive without picking up any wickets in two overs.
On the batting front, the most anticipated duo Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill failed to give the team a positive beginning but it was the fresh face Tilak Varma who gave hope to the team by scoring 39 off 22. However, he was unable to get any support from the other end and wickets were falling like a house of cards.
Skipper Hardik Pandya might use Umran Malik and replace Axar Patel from the team.
Predicted Lineup: YS Chahal, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar, Tilak Varma
West Indies displayed a positive approach in the first match of the series. The hosts will be confident but the visitors are known to bounce back from any situation. Team India has some experienced players who can find their rhythm at any point and can do major damage to the opposition. We predict a win for team India in the 2nd T20.