In the upcoming second T20I of the five-match series, West Indies aims to build on their victory over the visiting Indian side in the series opener. The match is set to unfold at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday.
The initial encounter saw a commendable display of bowling prowess by the hosts, especially during the final overs. The Caribbean bowlers thwarted India, needing a mere 37 runs to win from the last five overs with six wickets intact. Their exceptional performance led to securing a hard-fought victory by a margin of four runs.
Despite the victory, India must recognize their shortcomings. The bowlers did an exemplary job limiting West Indies to a score of 149. However, the batting department faltered. The openers, Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan departed with single-digit scores. Apart from Tilak Varma’s stellar 39 off 22 balls on his debut, the rest of the lineup struggled against the Caribbean bowling attack.
Noteworthy partnerships were scarce during India’s innings. Except for the 39-run partnership between Varma and Suryakumar Yadav, and the 36-run stand involving Hardik Pandya and Varma, no substantial collaborations were formed to aid India’s pursuit of the target. With this in mind, India aims to elevate their batting performance in the second T20I, striving to level the series.
Probable Playing XIs
Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell (c), Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy.
Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Hardik Pandya (c), Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar.
Tilak Varma: The southpaw showcased exceptional skills during his debut in the opening T20I. Scoring 39 runs off 22 balls, he aims to capitalize on his initial success and achieve a significant score in the upcoming match.
Nicholas Pooran: With an unbeaten century in the recent Major League Cricket Final, Pooran’s good form carried over into the last T20I, where he scored 41 off 34 deliveries. He endeavours to sustain his impressive performance in this game as well.
While India faced a narrow defeat in the first T20I, their inherent talent and skill are undeniable. Eager to rebound vigorously, they enter the second match as strong contenders. With the odds in their favour, India is poised to emerge victorious and even the series.