A masterclass from King Kohli saw India chase down a big target of 208 in the penultimate over in the opening T20I. India were always within touching distance of the target but needed someone to up the ante. After KL Rahul’s dismissal, Indian skipper Virat Kohli took the charge and finished the game with a six off Kesrick Williams. His innings of 94* included six fours and as many sixes. Kohli batted at a strike-rate of 188 and played a crucial role in pushing the score after the fall of the second wicket.
But India have always been the master in chasing. At one stage during the series, they might also want to bat first. Gong into the second T20I, expect no change in the playing XI.
The likes of Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav might only get a chance if India seal the series in the second T20I to be played in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.
The only T20I at the Greenfield Stadium, back in 2017, was a rain-marred affair and both the teams – India and New Zealand – batted eight overs each. In total, the two teams scored 128 runs. The pitch might be full of runs this time.
India, once again, will be favourite to register a win if they chase the target. Despite a blip, Rohit Sharma is expected to be back in form and score runs. KL Rahul, who impressed in the first T20I, has another opportunity to do well and retain the opening spot when Shikhar Dhawan returns.
Kohli, the chase master, could again play a big role if India are chasing. But if India bat first, then the things could be a bit tricky, as has been the case in past few matches. One of the batsmen will have to step up and take the team through.
Team India might go on to defeat West Indies to win the second T20I and clinch the series.