India vs WI: Team India look to seal the series as we look at the second T20I preview and the expected playing 11.
|Occasion||Second T20I, India vs West Indies|
|Date & Time||Sunday, December 8, 7 pm|
INDIA VS WI SECOND T20I PREVIEW
In what felt like a rewind to the Australia T20I in 2016, Virat Kohli once again showed the world why he is considered as the greatest chaser in white-ball Cricket. The Indian Captain looked in imperious form as he played some jaw-dropping shots in his knock.
It was not that West Indies played badly. They register a Mammoth 200+ on the board, but KL Rahul at the start, and then Virat Kohli at the end with an inhumane effort buried their chances of a win.
Coming to the second T20I, India would be looking to seal the series, while West Indies would want to avoid yet another humiliation after their series loss against Afghanistan. The visitors certainly have the talent to overcome the Indians, but the current form is the only challenge.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Just like Hyderabad, the Thiruvananthapuram pitch is expected to be a run-feast unless rain interrupts. However, the chances of rain look bleak, and we should expect a full 20 overs of play.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Rohit Sharma hasn’t been in the bests of form in the T20Is since the 2019 World Cup. Barring a couple of knocks where he looked outrageous, he hasn’t looked his normal self otherwise. Even on a flat pitch of Hyderabad, Rohit got out to a loose shot. So, expectations would be high from him to deliver in the second T20I.
Evin Lewis looked threatening in the first T20I having scored 40(17) before getting out LBW to Washington Sundar. Having been released by Mumbai Indians, Evin Lewis has a point to prove with IPL 2020 Auction scheduled a few weeks from now. While that shouldn’t be the motivation for him to perform, it should certainly pave the way for him to make an impression.
The man of the moment for the first T20I, Virat Kohli was in his imperious best. He was in such an animated mode that he remembered Kesrick William’s ‘Notebook Celebration’ of 2017 as he gave the test of his own medicine to him.
Even though he has played an extraordinary knock in the first T20I, the hunger to perform consistently and his champion self-esteem should see him perform yet again.
Apart from Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar, all the bowlers played their part in the first T20I for Team India. However, looking at their track record, it is unlikely that they should be dropped. Hence, expect India to field the same playing 11.
The disappointing bowling figures from Kesrick Williams should be enough for West Indies team management to replace him. So, looking at their current setup, Keemo Paul seems a likely replacement.
India vs WI Second T20I Expected Playing 11:
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli(C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(WK), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard (C), Denesh Ramdin, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh Jr, and Sheldon Cottrell.
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