India and West Indies 2nd T2o
India will travel to St. Kitts & Nevis with the upper hand and a 1-0 edge in the West Indies’ favorite format in the hopes of building on their incredibly positive record versus the hosts in the shortest format. Today, August 1, the second Twenty20 International will start at Warner Park, and India will play there for the first time. However, they are still on a high after winning the first game by a decisive 68 runs.
India outperformed West Indies not just in terms of batting, bowling, and fielding, but also in terms of squad composition. West Indies only used one spinner, Akeal Hosein, who had a 1-14 scoring average in his four overs, compared to India’s three spinners. Ravi Bishnoi, R Ashwin, who made a comeback to the T20 lineup, and Ravindra Jadeja each took five wickets for India.
West Indies Condition
West Indies lost due to additional mistakes, as Nicholas Pooran noted. Suryakumar Yadav was dropped by Kyle Mayers at the turn of the tenth over, and Alzarri Joseph gave Rohit Sharma free passes. Jason Holder failed to execute the yorkers at the death, and the chase never really got going.
In the first ODI, India continued to bat methodically and aggressively, and it paid off as they established a huge total on a challenging pitch. The highest T20I scoring average for India in a year when they played multiple matches was 9.46 runs and above in 2022. According to skipper Rohit, India is more than prepared to fumble to the odd setbacks in their effort to raise the run rate throughout various phases of the game in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup.
With KL Rahul out, India is focusing on their aggressive batting approach, but they still need to decide on their starting lineup. The opening position has seen a lot of fluctuation. In the first T20 match in Trinidad, Suryakumar Yadav—ninth India’s opener this year—was promoted to the opening spot. Whether or not that was effective, Dinesh Karthik is excellent at what he does as a finisher, scoring 167 runs in 10 innings and striking out at 147.80 in 2022.
When: West Indies vs India, 2nd T20I, Aug 1, 10.30 AM local; 8 PM IST
Where: Basseterre, St. Kitts, Warner Park
What to expect: Chasing is advised at this venue since the pitches mostly favor bowlers. In their 10 games played here, West Indies has won six and lost two. Rain is not forecast for today.
Heymyer came back to the side, but he didn’t make as much of an impression as he had hoped. Akeal Hosein’s partner in West Indies may also be a spinner, depending on the situation.
Probable XI: Shamarh Brooks, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy
It would be fascinating to watch if India sticks with Jadeja, Ashwin, and Bishnoi for the next game or if they add Axar Patel or Kuldeep Yadav.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh