Virat Kohli, the chase-master, led his team to chase the big score of 208 runs in the first T20I match of this series against West Indies. In Hyderabad, the aggressive Indian captain scored unbeaten 94 runs in 50 balls including 6-sixes and 6-fours and registered the victory in the first T20I against the Caribbean. India has got the lead in the three-match T20I series with 1-0 and will head to play the second T20I match in Thiruvananthapuram.
Date: 8th December 2019
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Venue: Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.
Indian May bring Mohammed Shami
The youngster Deepak Chahar, in the first T20I match, gave 56 runs in 4 overs. He was hit hard by the West Indies batsman. So, he may lose his place in the Thiruvanthapuram. The experienced pacer Mohammed Shami, who is currently in the best form, might get the opportunity to showcase his talent in the T20I. Shami last played a T20I match in 2017 against West Indies. He has an opportunity to earn his place back in the team.
Washington Sundar was also ineffective in the field so Kuldeep Yadav is likely to replace the player in final XI of the second T20I match.
Nicholas Pooran will be back
After poor wicketkeeping in the first T20I, Denesh Ramdin is likely to lose his place. The vice-captain Nicholas Pooran will get his place back as his four-match T20I ban for ball-tampering is over ahead of the second T20I match.
Head to Head
|Team||Total Matches||Won||Lost||Tied/No Result|
No rain is expected in Thiruvanthapuram but dew will play the role in the second T20I match.
Records of Greenfields Stadium speaks that it is not a batting-friendly pitch. In 2018, West Indies and India have last played an ODI in this ground where the visitors were all out for 104 runs. India was successful in chasing the low score with the loss of one wicket. Earlier, in 2017, India and New Zealand played a rain-affected T20I at this venue and India won that match by six runs.
The pacer will get much assistance from the pitch and the batsmen will have to struggle to set the big target.
India’s Predicted XI
|Rohit Sharma||Opening Batsman|
|KL Rahul||Opening Batsman|
|Virat Kohli (c)||Batsman|
West Indies Predicted XI
The two-time T20 World Cup Champions are struggling to find their form back in the shortest format. In the first T20I match, West Indies showed prolific performance with the bat but their bowling line-up were ineffective.
The Thiruvanthapuram pitch supports the pacers where the Carribeans are lacking. The Indian team has a variety of bowlers which will help them to tackle the pitch. And also, the host is in full confidence with their performance and is likely to win the match.
Where To Watch
TV – Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD
Time– 7 PM IST