Both teams moving from Hyderabad to Thiruvananthapuram for the second T20 match of the series, confident India will be looking to seal the series in God's own country. Captain Virat Kohli mastered the run-chase for India in the first T20 but there are lots of things to prove for Indian bowlers especially the wicket-taking ability in middle overs, testing the lower order in pressure situations and the consistency of Rohit Sharma. KL Rahul taking the good form from Mushtaq Ali to Indian colors is a good sign for India and making it tougher for Shikhar Dhawan to make a comeback into the shorter format. Rishabh Pant form is a big concern for the management, but he showed some confidence by hitting a few sixes when the required run-rate was above ten and will look to score big in the upcoming matches. Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Jadeja will be looking to get few opportunities with the bat in the matches to come and prove to the management that they belong to this unit. Bowlers had a disappointing outing in the first T20 except for Chahal and Jadeja, others will be looking to improve their numbers on Sunday.
On the other hand, West Indies batsmen had a point to prove after a disappointing series against Afghanistan and they did exactly that in Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. They made 207 runs on the board and the return of Pooran after the ban will make their batting stronger in Thiruvananthapuram.
Injury for Narine had made the bowling unit bit shaky in true wickets in the shorter format, other than Cottrell, there is no one is trustworthy to use anytime in 20 overs. Jason Holder should be used with the new ball and he was successful during CPL and in Afghanistan series. Other than that, the West Indies bowling unit is inexperienced with Walsh and Pierre.
What to Expect
Curator in Greenfield stadium told it's a true wicket and batsman will enjoy the time in the middle. West Indies will be making two changes with Nicholas Pooran and Keemo Paul returning for Dinesh Ramdin and Kesrick Williams. India will be going with an unchanged squad.
Players to watch out for: Nicholas Pooran - West Indies missed Pooran in the middle order, there are different match-ups within both teams, one was Chahal vs West Indies middle-order consisting of Pooran & Hetmyer but they missed Pooran in the first T20 and it was witnessed in Hyderabad. Pooran has good memories playing in IPL, average 28 and strike rate 157.01 in the last season for Punjab.
Rohit Sharma - Indian opener having a terrific year in ODI and tests but in T20's, he has been inconsistent scoring just 310 runs from 12 matches at an average of 25.83 so he will be looking to change this in last two matches in this series. Greenfield stadium has good memories of Rohit, he made unbeaten 63 runs from 56 balls including 5 fours and 4 sixes against West Indies in 2018.
Playing X1 -
India: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal.
West Indies: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams/Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre.
By Johns @CrazyCricJohns