India vs West Indies – 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is India vs West Indies taking place? Tuesday, November 6th

Where India vs West Indies taking place? Ekana international stadium, Lucknow

What is the expected weather for India vs West Indies? 26-27c with sunshine forecast all day

What channel is India vs West Indies on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream India vs West Indies? This match will not be streamed live in the UK

Are tickets still available for India vs West Indies? This match is sold out

THE TEAM NEWS

INDIA

Captain: Rohit Sharma

  • India won the first T20 match on Sunday thanks largely to their bowling unit restricting the West Indies to a meagre 109/8 but they made hard work of the chase taking 17.5 overs and recovering from 45/4 at one stage.
  • The openers will be keen to get some runs under their belt in this format as Darwan especially has been struggling in T20s of late so there is pressure on the top order to get them off to a better start in this game whether they set a total or chase.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed the first T20 with a stomach bug so he should be fit again to return although any changes to the bowling unit will purely be to rotate as that was their main strength on Sunday with Kuldeep Yadav causing the West Indies’ batsmen plenty of issues taking 3 for 13 from 4 overs.

WEST INDIES

Captain: Carlos Brathwaite

  • The West Indies' poor form in the one-day matches transferred into the T20s also as they crumbled in the first match and their batting especially was a major weakness and remains a big concern coming into this second game in Lucknow.
  • Changes would seem unlikely as they will not make any rash decisions after one game but the opening batsmen is clearly an issue with Ramdin opening on Sunday and struggling and they have nobody in the squad who has sufficient quality to get them off to a rapid start alongside Hope.
  • None of the batsmen or all-rounders got to grips with the Indian bowlers and they will be desperate to perform with many of the big T20 domestic tournaments on the horizon and they will be keen to impress any watching teams to earn sizeable contracts especially for the IPL.

THE PREDICTION

India cantered to victory in the first T20 match on Sunday and despite having a little alarm when chasing the total down, they had plenty to spare in the end. This format suits them even more than the one-dayers as despite the Windies having some big hitters, they struggle on these pitches against such quality bowling attacks. India’s batsmen were poor on Sunday too but the likes of Rohit Sharma have form in the one-dayers and they should click. Ultimately, it is hard to see this West Indies batting line-up scoring big against the Indian attack and this should be another routine win for the home side.