Second T20 International Match Prediction (2nd T20I): India vs West Indies
December 8, 2019,
After a record-breaking win in the first T20I (India vs West Indies), India face West Indies in the 2nd match of the series in Thiruvananthapuram. Though WI are ranked 10th in the shortest format of the game, they didn’t play like that. They batted brilliantly and it was only some exceptional batting and dew that they conceded a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series and must take a lot of positives from it.
India’s performance in the 2nd T20I series:
Though India won the game, there were few things they need to work on. They were rather sloppy on the field, even missing half-chances that they should’ve definitely grabbed onto. The last six overs fetched 66 runs, including a 17-run 18th and 17-run 20th over.
With Shikhar Dhawan ruled out, KL Rahul accepted the opportunity with open hands, scoring a half century to set the platform. There were ‘2 Virat Kohlis’ on the pitch. One at the beginning of the chase when the Indian captain was struggling for timing, and the other that turned on after smashing a six on Kieron Pollard’s slower ball.
Kuldeep Yadav missed the last game but can break into the team. He might replace Washington Sundar or Ravindra Jadeja in the upcoming India vs West Indies match.
West Indies’s performance in the 2nd T20I series:
West Indies’ decision to stick with Brandon King paid dividends as he scored 31 in the 1st game. Evin Lewis also scored a quickfire 40 while Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard and Simron Hetmyer also contributed.
Nicholas Pooran is still suspended after admitting to ball tampering.
Keemo Paul might return to replace Hayden Walsh.
India vs West Indies: Predicted eleven
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar.
Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell.
Pitch Report for today’s T20I match:
There has been only 1 T20I match played at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. Even that was reduced to 8 overs with India defending 67.
T20 Match today: India vs West Indies Prediction
- KL Rahul became the 7th Indian batsman to hit 1000 T20I runs (29 innings) after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh during the first game and is likely to continue his run-fest at the top of the order.
- He became the joint 3rd fastest in the world to reach the 1000 runs milestone, along with Aaron Finch. Babar Azam is the quickest (26 innings), followed by Virat Kohli- 27 innings. Expect him to continue his run.
- Since June 2016, West Indies’ win percent in T20Is is 2nd worst among the full ICC members during this period. Meanwhile, India have 3rd best.
- India have won their last 7 head to head meetings against West Indies. They are just 1 short of equalling their best run against an opponent in T20Is. They have beaten Bangladesh in 8 back to back games.
- Virat Kohli has scored 412 runs in 9 innings against West Indies at a strike rate of above 150. Expect the skipper to continue the rich vein of form.
- West Indies have lost 50 wickets to wrist spin in 113 overs and with Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the ranks, India are going to exploit that.
- Kieron Pollard is just 10 runs short of 1000 T20I runs. He is coming on the back of a brilliant T10 series and scored 37 from 19 balls in the last game. Only 3 West Indies batsmen have managed to go past the 1000-run mark in T20I cricket so far. Chris Gayle (1627), Marlon Samuels (1611) and Dwayne Bravo (1142). Expect Pollard to use his knowledge of the Indian condition to the best of his abilities.
- Rohit Sharma missed the opportunity in the last game and so he still needs just one 6 to join elite 400-sixes club in international cricket. Only two players have crossed the milestone- former Pakistan batsman Shahid Afridi (476 sixes) and West Indies international Chris Gayle (534 sixes).
- Virat Kohli won the Man of the Match for the 12th time in T20Is, joining Mohammad Nabi and can break free on top in the next game.
- 208 chased by India in Hyderabad was the highest total they have chased down. However, don’t expect them to stop. With the form and dew, if they are set a bigger target they might break the record after just 2 days.
- Kesrick Williams conceded 60 runs in 3.4 overs in Hyderabad becoming the costliest West Indies bowler in a game.
- West Indies bowled 17 extras in the 1st T20, compared to India’s 3rd and Kieron Pollard accepted they need to be more disciplined.