West Indies look to build on positives from tough defeat

Match details
Greenfield Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
December 8, Sunday; 19:00 IST

The main picture
With the defeat in the first T20 International against India in Hyderabad, the West Indies have now lost nine (three of those under Kieron Pollard’s captaincy) of their ten T20Is this calendar year. Unlike the eight previous defeats, though, the collective effort of the batting line-up and the refreshing intensity of their performance were major positives for them to build on going into the do-or-die T20I on Sunday.

You expect India and the visiting West Indies to be better prepared and, therefore, not repeat the mistakes that contributed to a high-octane, entertaining match in Hyderabad. A case in point being the West Indies bowlers conceding 23 extras, while the Indian bowlers paid the price for erring in their lengths and inadvertently bowling to the strengths of the opposition batsmen.

India will take confidence from overcoming the challenge that the West Indies put them through, with the batting line-up, on this occasion, covering up for the under-par bowling performance. If anything, the victory in Hyderabad will only have revved up India further and the onus, once again, is on the West Indies to produce an all-round performance to give themselves a chance of levelling the series.

Greenfield Stadium pitch report and weather forecast

The Greenfield Stadium has hosted only one T20 International so far, with that being a rain-curtailed, eight-overs-a-side match that India won against New Zealand in 2017. Chances are that the pitch won’t be as placid as in Hyderabad, though the potential effect of dew is likely to make it more batsmen-friendly and challenging for the bowlers.

The weather forecast says that Sunday evening will be clear with the temperature hovering in the mid-20s (degree Celsius).

India vs West Indies 1st T20 playing 11

Possible India playing 11: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 KL Rahul, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Shivam Dube, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

Possible West Indies playing 11: 1 Kieron Pollard (c), 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Brandon King, 4 Denesh Ramdin/Lendl Simmons (wk), 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Nicholas Pooran, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Sheldon Cottrell, 9 Kesrick Williams, 10 Hayden Walsh Jr, 11 Khary Pierre

India vs West Indies 2nd T20 match prediction

On the basis of the first match, both teams appear evenly-matched. West Indies, under Pollard, have new-found zest and vigour about them, and will take inspiration from going toe-to-toe with India on their home soil. Having shown that their batting line-up is equipped to take on the Indian bowling attack, West Indies need their own bowling attack to be more disciplined and precise with their execution. The objective for India is the same and the team who excel equal in all three facets (batting, bowling and fielding) will give themselves a good chance of winning.

India vs West Indies 2nd T20 telecast channel

The second T20 International between India and the West Indies will be aired on the Star Sports Network, while Hotstar will provide the live stream.