India vs West Indies, 2nd T20I Match Prediction2019-12-09
Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram, India
Man of the Match: LMP Simmons
Solid India look to continue dominant run over Windies!
India Women to win the match!
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The first T20I of the 3-match series between India and West Indies turned out to be an entertaining run-feast where the home side registered a comfortable 6-wicket win with 8 balls to spare.
Even though the West Indies posted a daunting 207, India chased it down with ease courtesy a phenomenal unbeaten 50-ball 94 by captain Virat Kohli. This victory gives India a 1-0 lead and they will head into the second match on Sunday at Thiruvananthapuram with much confidence.
West Indies did what was expected of them in T20Is. They put on a proper show of power-hitting with a flurry of boundaries and sixes. They hit as many as 16 sixes and their power-hitters enjoyed the placid surface. However, their bowling, expectedly, fell apart. This will be a headache for captain Kieron Pollard in the second game.
India has a more balanced and stronger team. While the West Indies will certainly put up a fight, India will begin as favorites again.
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India's batting unit really made a statement in the first T20I against the West Indies. Apart from skipper Kohli's sublime 94*, opener KL Rahul continued his superb T20 run with another fifty. In Shikhar Dhawan's absence, Rahul has really established himself as a top-quality T20 opener which is really great news for India.
With Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer in the middle-order, followed by Ravindra Jadeja later on, the Indian batting really looks potent. The only area of concern is Shivam Dube as the all-rounder who doesn't seem to be inspiring much confidence.
India's bowling unit took a real batting in the last game as they were smashed all around for 207 runs. Not one of the bowlers was spared and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravindra Jadeja were all punished. However, the placid wicket must be blamed for that along with an insistence of bowling too short by the Indian bowlers. Washington Sundar looked out of sorts and maybe the team management could try chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav in the next game as he has had the number of West Indies in the past. A true wicket, though, will bring out the best in this Indian bowling unit as they are still a very good bunch.
Virat Kohli, YS Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Shivam Dube
The West Indies love playing T20 cricket and that was obvious yet again in the first T20I of the series. Their batsmen made merry of a flat deck and smashed fours and sixes all over the park. The likes Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, captain Kieron Pollard and even Jason Holder were among the runs and will surely pose a challenge for India in the coming match too.
Opener Lendl Simmons was dismissed cheaply and he might come good here. Wicket-keeper batsman Nicolas Pooran will be back in the second game after serving his ban and that would add more meat to the already strong West Indian batting.
It is in the bowling department that West Indies have been found short. Barring Sheldon Cottrell, the other bowlers from the team wasn't up to the task and were punished with ease by the Indian batsmen. Kesrick Williams was absolutely horrific and gave away 60 runs in less than 4 overs. Even the dependable Jason Holder was punished. These two along with the likes of Khary Pierre and Hayden Walsh would have to do much better if they hope to stop the strong Indian batting unit. Fabian Allen might be called in place of Khary Pierre.
Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Kesrick Williams, LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis
The pitch at the Greenfield International Stadium is unlikely to be as flat as the one in the first game. There will some purchases for the slower bowlers and the seamers. Batsmen will also have a good time if they dig themselves in. It is likely to be a tight contest with 170-plus being a match-winning total. The weather for the game will be clear and we should have a full 40-over match.
There has only been one T20I played at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram - a rain-curtailed low-scoring 8-over match between India and New Zealand in 2017 - along with one ODI. So, not much is known about the true nature of the surface. However, both these limited over games were low-scoring ones. It remains to be seen if we see a similar match in the 2nd T20I that will be played here between India and the West Indies.
Expect the team winning the toss to bowl first. Chasing has been found to be the better option in India in recent times. And with winter, dew is likely to set in the second innings. Hence, batting 2nd will be beneficial.
India has now beaten the West Indies in 7 consecutive T20Is this year alone. The last time West Indies beat India in a T20I was back in July 2017 at Kingston. Hence, it goes without saying that India begins as overwhelming favorites for the 2nd T20I between the two teams.
However, this West Indian side will not be a walkover by any means. They have some terrific hitters in their lineup and they are expected to run India close and even get past them if even a couple of the batsmen have a field day.
That being said, India is the more balanced and in-form team. They have the home advantage and better bowlers than the opposition. Hence, back the Indian team to be the winners of this contest.
India Women to win the match!
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