The first match of the 3-match T20I series between India turned out to be a high-scoring and entertaining contest which the home team ended up winning comfortably courtesy a special knock. Captain Virat Kohli batted like a man possessed to produce a sparkling unbeaten 94 off 50 balls and helped India chase down the total of 207 with 8 balls to spare.
India have thus taken a 1-0 lead in the series and would be confident of continuing their charge in the 2nd T20I at Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.
With skipper Kohli looking in prime form, and opener KL Rahul continuing his superb T20 run, India’s batting looks solid. Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer only add to their strength.
The only issue with the home team right now seems to be the bowling. Almost all Indian bowlers were smashed in the last T20I at Hyderabad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar. Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja all went for runs. But that was mostly because the pitch was ridiculously flat. This attack has good potency and can do a much better job if the surface has even something for the bowlers.
Meanwhile, it was expected that the West Indies would give India some fight in the series with their power-packed batting lineup and they did. Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, captain Kieron Pollard and even Jason Holder made merry in the last T20I as they belted the Indian bowlers all round the park. The West Indies batsmen hit as many as 16 sixes which shows their power-hitting in their ranks. It is because of this you cannot rule them out in a T20I game.
As for the bowling West Indies could be better. Barring Sheldon Cottrell, the other bowlers from the team were below par. Kesrick Williams was absolutely horrific and the likes of Khary Pierre, Jason Holder and Hayden Walsh would have to do loads better if they hope to stop this strong Indian batting.
India vs West Indies, 2nd T20I: Cricket Betting Tips
There has only been one T20I played at the Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram – the venue for the 2nd T20I between India and the West Indies. The only match played was a rain-shortened 8-over game between India and New Zealand.
For the match between India and the West Indies, expect a very good pitch. However, it might not be as placid as the one in the first game. If the seamers and spinners get purchase then we might have an even contest. The total runs scored in the game should be 360-380.
West Indies will surely come hard at India again with their power-packed batting unit. We should expect some tall sixes and boundaries scored. However, their bowling is poor and most of them are inexperienced bowling in Indian conditions. India is more balanced and have a mature unit.
Their batting and bowling both looks good and they will certainly enjoy the home advantage. Also, let’s not forget that India has now beaten the West Indies for 7 consecutive T20Is. That record is likely to extend.
Thus, back the Indian team to win the 2nd T20I and with it clinch the series.