Team India, who were clinical in the opening Test against Windies, will look for a clean 2-0 sweep when they square off for the second and final Test at Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, the visitors are aware of the challenges of facing the top-ranked Test team. However, they are capable enough to put a strong fight, unlike the opening fixture where they lost by an innings and 272 runs.
Windies skipper Jason Holder pointed out, they’ve had their moments in recent Tests, managing wins against Pakistan, England, and Sri Lanka in the last year and a bit. But to put up a strong fight and put themselves in with the best chance of a favourable result, their batting will have to show more patience. They failed to bat for 100 overs in each of the innings with their top-order batters struggling to put big scores after getting starts.
The bowling department missed two experienced campaigner – Holder and Kemar Roach. With the senior pro’s returning, Windies will look to pose more challenge against India.
India could be tempted to play around with their team composition. While young Prithvi Shaw impressed with his maiden century on debut, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja shone with the bat. The bowlers also did a splendid job as they look to continue their effort at Hyderabad.
Kuldeep Yadav (India) – After being taken for runs by Paul and Chase in the Windies’ first innings, the left-arm wrist spinner came back well to pick up five wickets in the second innings. His challenge will be to maintain his consistency and accuracy to support Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, the spin frontmen.
Devendra Bishoo (Windies): The spinner picked up four Indian wickets, but also gave away 217 runs. He will be attempting to sustain the pressure on the batsmen for long lengths of time. In conditions that favoured spinners, he sent down double the number of overs as compared to any of his team-mates and will have to shoulder the bulk of the load again.
Pitch & Conditions
Expect Rajkot-like conditions in Hyderabad: good for batting, to begin with, and turn and uneven bounce from the third day onwards. There will be some respite from the 40-degrees heat of Rajkot, with highs of the mid-30s expected during the match.
Windies skipper Jason Holder expects the surface to be drier than the one in Rajkot, with more cracks.
India have named an unchanged twelve, which means there is a good chance Virat Kohli is likely an unchanged XI only for the second time in 42 Tests as captain.
That also means Mayank Agarwal will not get a go as a Test opener before the Australia tour.
Predicted XI: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav
The visitors will hope the return of Jason Holder and Kemar Roach will change their fortune at Hyderabad. However, Sunil Ambris will be under pressure after two poor dismissals in the first Test.
Furthermore, Devendra Bishoo will have to stand up in answer to India’s three frontline spinners.
Predicted XI: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Sunil Ambris, Shimron Hetmeyer, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel
- Windies’ last three Tests in India have lasted a total of nine days and 720.5 overs. All three have been innings defeats.
- In the last Test, India registered their highest total against Windies and their biggest win against them
- Since 2016, India have scored eight scores of 600 or more, two more than the rest of the world put together.