Ajinkya Rahane’s century along with Jasprit Bumrah’s sensational bowling performance helped India to register a comprehensive victory in the first Test match at Antigua. This victory gave Team India a perfect start in the World Test Championship. Whereas, West Indies on the other hand didn’t lived up the expectations.
After all the exciting action and thriller in last one month, MyTeam11 series will come to an end when India and West Indies enter the Sabina Park, to play the second and final test match of the series.
The pitch is expected to be bouncy and fast with some help for the fast bowlers. It will flatten out and be at its best for batting on Day 3. Spinners will get some benefit from the track on Day 4 and Day 5.
The Captain winning the toss will look to bowl first and take advantage of bouncy conditions.
Total matches: 51
Matches Won Batting First: 16
Matches Won Bowling First: 21
Average 1st Innings Score: 320
Average 2nd Innings Scores: 344
Average 3rd Innings Scores: 241
Average 4th Innings Scores: 145
The weather forecast for the match is not good as a thunderstorm is in prediction for the final three days of the game. However, for the first two days the weather will be partly cloudy with temperature lingering near about 22 degrees Celsius. The humidity will revolve between 60-70% for the entire Test match.
Indian team’s performance in the entire series has been remarkable. Except one wash out One-Day International game, the team has opened the victory gate on every other occasion. In the first Test match played at Antigua, Virat Kohli and company registered a 318 runs victory over the hosts to open their account in World Test Championship.
Team India will be aiming for another belligerent performance from the boys in the second Test match to continue their winning streak over West Indies. For this match, once again the onus will be on the likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah who delivered some exceptional performances in the first match.
KL Rahul got starts in both the innings but failed to convert them to big innings so, will be eagerly looking to accomplish that while his opening partner, Mayank Agarwal will want to get into the runs this time.
Ishant Sharma’s performance in the match was also phenomenal as the right-handed medium-pacer grabbed eight wickets in the first test match. The bowling trio of Bumrah, Ishant and Shami will play a massive role in this match.
As far as the team combination is concerned, Virat Kohli might do no changes in the playing XI.
Probable Playing XI: Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
The Caribbean giants haven’t won even a single match in this series, and now they have nothing to lose Jason Holder, and his troops will be hoping to play fierce cricket to give them a chance to level the Test series.
Batting had been their primary concern in the first Test where no batsman didn’t even reach 50-run mark. However, bowlers lacked consistency as in both the innings, they picked up early wickets but allowed the Indian middle-order batsmen to settle in. So, this time, the team will be looking to grab on all the possible chances on the field to put pressure on Number One Test nation.
As far as team combination for this match is concerned, West Indies selectors have included all-rounder Keemo Paul in the 13-man squad ahead of this Test in place of Miguel Cummins. Most probably he will be in playing XI for this match.
Probable Playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope(w), Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder(c), Keemo Paul, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach
India: Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma
West Indies: Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul
Head to Head in Test Internationals
Total Matches Played: 97
West Indies won: 30
India won: 21
The West Indies have not been able to beat India in a Test match since 2002. Can they do it this time?
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