Match: West Indies vs India, 2nd Test, India tour of West Indies, 2019
Date: Friday, August 30, 2019 – Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Time: 02:30 PM GMT
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Preview: India holds all the aces against the home side
About halfway through the start of the first session on the first day of the first Test between India and the West Indies at North Sound, the visiting Indian side had been reduced to 25-3. With captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, the team’s best Test batsmen, back in the hut, things looked grim for India. But India’s middle and lower order fought hard and took them to a respectable total.
That first session was the only time that West Indies was in the game. After that, Team India showed their all-round prowess and went on to win the game by a whopping margin of 318 runs.
The visitors will hence begin as favorites in the 2nd and last Test of the series at Kingston, Jamaica. India have so far won everything on the tour and would like to finish the Test series with another victory to ensure a complete tour.
India have their bases covered with captain Kohli, opener Lokesh Rahul, Hanuma Vihari and even Ravindra Jadeja getting runs under their belt. They would be most pleased with the return to form of Ajinkya Rahane, who got scores of 81 and 102. Rahane had been struggling for form for the last two years and his performance was the main reason for India’s thumping victory.
India’s bowlers, especially the seamers, are in terrific form. Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah both got five-wicket hauls in the last Test. Bumrah, in fact, was unplayable in the 2nd innings and was all over the batsmen. Mohammad Shami did well too and would look to be better in this match.
West Indies, meanwhile, have a host of problems. Their batsmen, as has been the norm in the recent past, simply did not show enough application. The likes of Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope have not looked to apply themselves and spend time at the crease. Only Roston Chase appeared to be serious. The West Indian batsmen would have to be a lot better if they hope to challenge this strong Indian bowling unit.
The West Indian bowling was certainly better, with seamer Kemar Roach leading the way with great lines and seam movement that troubled the Indian batsmen. Spinner Roston Chase bowled his heart out as well and would look to continue the good work. Captain Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel would need to be a lot more consistent, though.
Match Betting Tips: West Indies vs India, 2nd Test
The last time West Indies beat India in a Test match was way back in May 2002 at Kingston, the same venue where the two teams will be squaring off in the 2nd Test match of the series. That match, however, was 17 years ago and a lot has changed since then. This Indian team is the No.1 ranked Test side in the world for a reason and the West Indies would find it extremely difficult to defeat them in their present state.
The pitch at Kingston is expected to be slow and the ball wouldn’t come on to the bat easily. If the team batting first can put up a total in excess of 330, they would be at an advantage. The seam bowlers should get help and batting from the late 3rd day onward would be difficult.
Looking at the overall strength of both the sides, India looks strong and overwhelming favorites to win this Test and clinch the series.