Man of the Match: Krunal Pandya
West Indies’ fight for survival
Our prediction is India to win the match!
Host West Indies will be looking to finally turn their form around when they will face India in the second game of the T20I series in Florida on Sunday.
The home side will be desperate to their fortunes around after producing a dismal batting performance in the opening game of the series. Captain Carlos Brathwaite will be hoping that the side can put in a much-improved batting performance in order to compete with India in this contest.
On the other hand, India managed to register hard fought win over West Indies, courtesy splendid bowling performances from pace duo of Navdeep Saini and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Captain Virat Kohli will be pleased with his side’s performance against West Indies in the opening game of the series.
The home side suffered a four-wicket defeat at the hands of India in the opening game of the series played at Lauderhill in Florida. West Indies batting lineup clearly did not adjust to the conditions and perished at regular intervals to see them post a paltry of 95 runs from their 20 overs.
For West Indies, the opening pair of Evin Lewis and John Campbell will need to produce scores in this game. In the previous game, Lewis and Campbell perished for ducks to see the side get off to a worse possible start to their innings.
Wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran also failed to capitalize on his good start and was dismissed by Navdeep Saini in the 5th over of the innings. Left-hander scored 20 off 16 balls with the help of two sixes.
All-rounder Kieron Pollard was the only bright spot for West Indies in the batting department. He showed a lot of patience and application to score run-a-ball 49 runs. Pollard smashed two fours and four sixes in his innings. It was due to his splendid innings that West Indies produced a paltry score on the board.
Middle-order comprising of Shimron Hetymer, Rovman Powell and Carlos Brathwaite also perished for single-digit scores in the previous game. Due to relatively inexperienced T20 squad, the likes of Hetmyer and Brathwaite will need to take a lot of responsibility and produce runs with the bat in this game.
Even lower-order duo of Sunil Narine and Keemo Paul failed to provide support to Pollard and perished for low scores to see West Indies fall into further trouble in their innings.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas to pick up wickets with the new ball. Cottrell was the standout for the side in the previous game and picked up the key wicket of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Off-spinner Sunil Narine produced an economical bowling performance and finished with figures of 2 for 14 from his four overs.
Evin Lewis, John Campbell, Shimron Hetymer, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Sunil Narine, Oshane Thomas, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell.
Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Sheldon Cottrell, Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas
On the other hand, Virat Kohli and co. will be looking to continue their momentum in the T20I Series. The bowlers delivered an exceptional performance to help India take lead in the three-match series.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the experienced trio of Rohit Sharma, Captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to produce the bulk of the runs. Rohit Sharma played well and scored 24 off 25 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. The opening batsman will be looking to keen to deliver a big score for the side in this game. Shikhar Dhawan did not produce any runs in the opening game of the series. Left-hander will be looking to make a strong statement with the bat in this game.
Captain Virat Kohli also failed to capitalize on his good start in the opening game of the series. He struggled to get going in his innings and scored 19 off 29 balls with the help of one four. India will be hoping that Kohli can get back to his best with the bat in this game. Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya and Ravendra Jadeja chipped in with much needed runs to steer India to victory in the T20I series opener.
In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Washington Sundar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled well for the side in the previous game. Kumar produced an excellent spell with the new ball and finished with two wickets to his name.
Debutant pacer Navdeep Saini was the standout bowler for India in this opening game. He bowled well and picked up three wickets from his four-over spell. Ravendra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed picked up one wicket apiece.
Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed
Khaleel Ahmed, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Virat Kohli, NA Saini
The wicket prepared for the first game was far from ideal. The curator might prepare a batsmen friendly surface for this game. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Sunday is going to be partly cloudy.
Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida is going to host the second T20I game between West Indies and India. The home side has lost three consecutive T20I games played this venue. On the other hand, India managed to four their fourth T20I game on the trot.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposing team to a lowest possible score. Expect a much better wicket for this game.
Based on current form, Virat Kohli-led unit will be favorites to win this game against India. The Indian bowlers produced an exceptional performance to help the side take lead in the T20I series. Navdeep Saini, Rohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced excellent performances in the opening game. Expect India to clinch the T20I series against West Indies.