Man of the Match: LMP Simmons
Can Kohli`s men continue their dominance?
India will win the match and seal the series 2-0!
The first match of the T20I series was an absolute cracker with India chasing down a record total of 207 runs with 8 balls to spare. Tempered flared between the players as Virat Kohli voiced against Kesrick Williams and opposition skipper Kieron Pollard. India might have finished n the victorious side but a lot of questions mark hangs over their preparation for the T20 World Cup next year.
West Indies will look to give back India and pull off a victory in this match. After all the drama that happened in the first match, this series is all set to be a hard-fought one with both teams giving their best. We can expect another cracking contest between two top-quality teams.
India will be elated after the chased down the record total with skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul amongst the runs. KL Rahul sent the tempo of the chase early with his 40-ball 62 after Rohit`s dismissal and Virat Struggled in his early phase. Virat then came to his best scoring a valiant 94 runs to take India home in the chase. Rishabh Pant played a brief cameo of 9-ball 18 with 2 sixes to keep the scoreboard ticking. Indian bowlers will be disappointed with their performance last night as West indies carted 15 sixes and 11 boundaries in 20 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzi Chahal fared better with decent spells and wickets to their name. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar made a good comeback to the team but failed to get wickets. Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar were carted for runs over 11 RPO in the last match and gave away 90 runs off their combined 7 overs.
Virat Kohli – Intense, Aggressive & Vintage Virat. Virat was at his aggressive best last night and made his knock count after an initial struggle and showed why he is the best batsmen across different formats with his 50-ball 92.
Yuzi Chahal – Chahal had figures of 2/36 last night and became the leading wicket-taker for India in T20Is. His figures would have been better had Indian fielders held onto catches. He is the wicket-taking spin option in the team and will always look for wickets.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishab Pant (wk), Ravi Jadeja, Shivam Dubey, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal
Virat Kohli, YS Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Shivam Dube
West Indies team started t hatch in superb fashion with Evin Lewis taking charge with his 17-ball 40. Shimron Hetmyer (56 runs) and Brandon King (31 runs) build on the momentum and carried the team ahead in the middle overs with their crucial knocks. Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder hit some lusty blows to end the match on a high taking the total beyond the 200-run mark.
West Indies need to make some changes in their bowling department as it looks bleak and weak. Sheldon Cotrell was the lone bowler who had a good match with figures of 4-0-24-1. Kesrick Williams, Jason Holder, Khary Pierre, and Hayden Walsh were taken for runs and conceded runs at 10+ RPO. Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, and Keemo Paul may come in place of Denesh Ramdin, Hayden Walsh, and Kesrick Williams in this match.
Shimron Hetmyer – Hetmyer scored a fifty in the first match with a strike rate of over 135. He smashed 4 sixes and 2 boundaries in his knock. He was a livewire in the field and kept cutting down crucial runs in the field.
Sheldon Cotrell – Cotrell was the only bowler to go for runs at less than 7.5 RPOP from either side. Imagine this against the likes of in-form KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. He also dismissed Rishab pant who was looking to tee-off.
Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cotrell, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre
Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Kesrick Williams, LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis
Thiruvananthapuram is expected to have a cool and breezy climate with less than 10% chances of rain. We will have a full quota of overs without any interruption in this match.
Thrivananthapuram is not one of familiar venues as India plays very less matches at this here. This match will be expected to be another run fest with scores in rage of 160-180 runs.
Chasing is the safe option especially in the T20I cricket recently as batsmen are confident of chasing down any total with ease. India chased down 200+ total in the first match.
The Indian team will be high on confidence after the morale-boosting win in the first match. Their bowlers need to execute their plans to restrict the run flow and batting looks full of class and elegance with the likes of Rohit, Virat, Rahul and Shreyas.
West Indies need to improve their bowling and they have the firepower in batting to post a big score every match. We predict India to win this match.
India will win the match and seal the series 2-0!