Last Update on: February 18th, 2022 at 08:55 am
India takes on West Indies in the second T20 international on Friday at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Men in Blue would be pretty pleased with how they performed in the first match on Wednesday. They managed to restrict West Indies to 157 runs in the first innings and then chased it down in 18.5 overs.
In the bowling department, Ravi Bishnoi was the man who troubled the most. He was hard to pick by the West Indies batsmen and also claimed the important wickets of Roston Chase and Rovman Powell. Bishnoi ended the game with figures of 2 for 17 in 4 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also bowled well for his 1 for 31 in 4 overs, while Harshal Patel claimed 2 for 37 in 4 overs.
India were brilliant with the bat as well. Rohit Sharma set the tone for the run-chase as he gave the team a rollicking start with the bat. He hit 4 fours and 3 sixes en-route to his 19-ball 40. His knock helped them get a solid start in the power play. West Indies couldn’t pick a single wicket in the first six overs and, perhaps, lost he game there itself.
West Indies gave themselves some hope after Rohit Sharma went back to the hut in the eighth over. His wicket saw the likes of Ishan Kishan (35 off 42), Virat Kohli (17 off 13), and Rishabh Pant (8 off 8) also getting out in quick intervals.
India had lost four wickets for 114 runs with 5 overs remaining in the game. However, Suryakumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer then stitched an unbeaten 48-run partnership to guide the team home in 18.5 overs.
West Indies, on the other, have a lot of areas to improve. Brandon King got out in the very first over itself but his partner, Kyle Mayer played an good-looking 31-run knock off 24 balls. The duo needs to ensure they give the team a solid start in the power play in the next game. Besides, the likes of Roston Chase (4), Rovman Powell (2) also got out cheaply and piled further pressure on the team.
Amidst all that, Nicholas Pooran’s outstanding knock of 61 runs in 43 balls is a big positive for the team. His return to form is a massive boost for them and should keep them positive heading into the next game.
Also, Kieron Pollard’s demotion in the last game wasn’t something that the fans would be proud of. He stayed unbeaten on 24 at the end of the first innings. If he had come a little earlier, West Indies might have scored 20 runs more to the total.
As far as the bowling is concerned, West Indies would be pretty pleased with the spinners. Roston Chase was the pick of the bowlers as he managed to claim 2 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs.
Akeal Hosein also bowled well in tandem and couldn’t pick any wicket in the match. Romario Shepherd didn’t impress a lot with the ball in the last game and he might be replaced with Jason Holder in the second T20 international.
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Teams’ Head-to-Head Records:
|Stats||Matches||IND Won||WI Won||N/R|
|In the last 5 matches||5||5||0||–|
Recent venue records (Records at Eden Gardens, Kolkata)
STATS – T20
|Matches won batting first||3|
|Matches won bowling first||6|
|Average 1st Inns scores||149|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||128|
|Highest total recorded||201/5 (20 Ov) by PAK vs BAN|
|Lowest total recorded||70/10 (15.4 Ov) by BAN vs NZ|
|Highest score chased||162/4 (18.5 Ov) by IND vs WI|
|Lowest score defended||145/8 (20 Ov) by NZ vs BA|
Toss Prediction for 2nd T20I
The team winning the toss is likely to bowl first.
Predicted Scores for 2nd T20I
|Team||1st batting||2nd batting|
Who will score the most runs for India in the match: Rohit Sharma or Suryakumar Yadav
Who will take the most wickets for India in the match: Ravi Bishnoi or Yuzvendra Chahal
Who will score the most runs for West Indies in the match: Nicholas Pooran or Kieron Pollard