India aim to secure series on Diwali

Match details

Ekana International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
November 6, Tuesday; 19:00 IST
Live on Star Sports, streaming on Hotstar

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A disappointing batting performance from the West Indies in the first T20I has given India a chance to wrap the three-match T20I series up on Diwali, when the newly-built Ekana Stadium in Lucknow will host its inaugural international match.

After a fairly routine ODI series win for India, the expectation before Sunday’s first T20I was of the two-time T20 World Cup winner posing a stern challenge for the home team. Primarily because the West Indies are best suited to the T20 format, which often doesn’t necessitate substance from a batsman or a bowler. To succeed in T20 cricket, most times, fearlessness and being able to improvise are two of the key attributes, and a majority of the players in the current West Indies squad have them in abundance.

Yet, if the West Indies don’t bat sensibly and, importantly, with intent, they won’t be able to test what is essentially a second-string, albeit still a strong, Indian team going forward. The positive for the visiting team was the way their bowling attack fared in Kolkata—where Oshane Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite and Khary Pierre’s disciplined bowling troubled the Indian batsmen and kept them in check—in trying to defend 109.

West Indies certainly have the potential and are, to be fair, mercurial, aspects which will keep India on their toes. If Brathwaite and his team can right the wrongs of Kolkata, we will witness fireworks on the field on Diwali.

About Ekana Cricket Stadium and weather forecast

Inaugurated in 2016, Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow has hosted a handful of domestic matches so far, including the 2017-18 Duleep Trophy final. However, with little to no knowledge about the nature of pitch and potential for dew, the captain winning the toss is likely to opt to field first.

The forecast says that Tuesday evening will be hazy but cool with a temperature of 14 degree Celsius.

2nd T20: India vs West Indies probable playing 11

Possible India playing 11: 1 Rohit Sharma (c), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Lokesh Rahul, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Dinesh Karthik, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Umesh Yadav, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Khaleel Ahmed

Possible West Indies playing XI: 1 Carlos Brathwaite (c), 2 Shai Hope, 3 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 4 Kieron Pollard, 5 Darren Bravo, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Keemo Paul/Sherfane Rutherford, 8 Rovman Powell, 9 Fabian Allen, 10 Khary Pierre, 11 Oshane Thomas

Match prediction

So far on this tour, West Indies’ batting failures have been the major cause for the team’s defeats. If the West Indies are to remain in contention for winning the T20I series, their batsmen ought to pull up their socks.

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