India looks to whitewash West Indies in the Tests too
Our prediction is India will win the match!
World Test Championship has made every match and every series an important aspect for all the teams and every team is fighting hard to gain points. Indian team whitewashed West Indies in the T20Is and the ODI series in this tour and will look to do the same in the Test matches too.
India proved why they are the No.1 ranked team in the Test cricket with a scintillating performance in the last test against West Indies. West Indies will look to put a brave show in this last test and level the series against the Indian team. And not to mention, both teams have 60 points in stake for the World Test Championships from this match.
West Indies were pushed into submission by the Indian team and were dismissed for just 100 runs in the second innings. They were reeling at 50/9 before Kemar Roach had some fun with the bat in hand. No batsmen scored a fifty in the first test and Roston Chase`s 48 was the highest score from their team. Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, and Darren Bravo got starts in the first innings but failed to capitalize them into a big score.
West Indies stunned the Indian team with the scoreboard reading 25/3 and later 207/7 in the first innings but allowed them to rebuild and eventually ending up with 297 runs on board. Kemar Roach bowled a brilliant spell and got the appreciation of his skipper Jason Holder for his four-wicket haul in the first essay. Rostan Chase and Shannon Gabriel too were amongst the wicket charts and helped their team with wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Jason Holder failed to make an impact with the ball. Chemar Holder may get a game ahead of the Miguel Cummins in this match.
Kraigg Brathwaite – Opener Kraigg Braithwaite is one of the experienced players in the West Indian line-up. He is known for his ability to play long innings in the test matches and he needs to play well in this match to tire the Indian bowling attack.
Kemar Roach – Kemar Roach troubled the Indian top order with the new ball consistently and took 5 wickets in the match. He dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara in both the innings who is considered as one of toughest test player in the Indian side.
Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope (wk), Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder (c), Miguel Cummins/Chemar Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, John Campbell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Shamarh Brooks, Kraigg Brathwaite
India crushed West Indies by a massive victory margin of 318 runs in the first test match. Ajinkya Rahane was the star of the match with scores of 81 & 102 in the two innings respectively. He lifted the team from 25/3 in the first innings to take India to a good total of 297 runs. Hanuma Vihari missed on his maiden test century after being dismissed on 93 runs in the second innings. Ravindra Jadeja and Skipper Virat Kohli came up with crucial half-centuries in the first and second innings respectively.
India`s bowling unit was top notch in the last match leaving the West Indies batsmen clueless especially in the second Innings. Pacers Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah registered their 5-wicket hauls in the first and second innings respectively. They kept bowling probing line and lengths and were rewarded with wickets. Mohammed Shami too chipped in with 4 wickets across both the innings combined and will remain a vital part of the India`s bowling plans in this match. Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja fight for a lone spot in the team and Virat may prefer to retain the same playing XI in this match.
Virat Kohli – Virat played a good fighting knock of 51 runs in the second innings and he will look to add a century to his tally in this match. He is in sublime form scoring back-to-back centuries in the ODI series recently concluded. Virat Kohli is the No1 ranked Test Batsmen in the ICC ratings currently.
Jasprit Bumrah – Jasprit Bumrah unleashed his new weapon the away swinger in the second innings and sent the stumps cartwheeling four times. Bumrah is impressing the cricketing world with every passing match and series and is turning out to be one of the best fast bowlers produced by the Indian team.
Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja/Ravi Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Lokesh Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, H Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, JJ Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami
Sabina Park pitch is traditionally known to have good bounce and pace in it. The batsmen may struggle to play freely in the earlier stages and may well adjust to the pitch as the match moves on. Spinners may come into play in the second innings. The sky looks clear for the first three days and we may see intermittent rain in the last two days of the match.
Batting becomes hard in the fourth innings and any score in the range of 200-250 will be tough to chase. If the batsmen try to overcome the new ball, there will be a lot of runs for taking in the first three days.
Indian team is playing an impressive brand of cricket in recent years and their pacers are one of the main reasons for their much-improved performance in the away tests. West Indies may look weak on paper but don’t count them out on their home soil. We expect the Indian team to win this match and series 2-0.