India and West Indies have faced off in arguably the greatest T20 run feast ever in the first T20 with the latter clinching the match by just 1 run.
Both the teams have made the most from the pitch which had nothing to offer for the bowlers. West Indies made a massive 245 and India in reply were just short of 1 run courtesy of Dwayne Bravo’s last over in which he gave only 6 runs.
India despite the loss had a lot of positives from the match as their batting unit took the charge to West Indies despite needing to score 246 to win the game. KL Rahul has been the find of the year as he is excelling in all the formats of the game and could be a great future prospect.
Going into the second match, both India and West Indies might not make many changes. However, MS Dhoni could be tempted to leave Stuart Binny on the bench as he hardly had any influence on the match. Binny has conceded a massive 32 runs in a single over and has failed to fulfill his role of an all-rounder.
MS Dhoni ran out of options and had to look at his traditional bowlers to complete all the 20 overs and had no other options to go for. With Binny’s bowling looking ineffective, Dhoni could go for Shikhar Dhawan who could add more firepower to Indian batting line-up which could see Ajinkya Rahane or Rohit Sharma drop to the middle order to make batting unit more strong going into the second match. Mohammed Shami could also get replaced by Umesh Yadav as the former was below par in the first ODI as he gave away 17 runs in the first over of the innings which set the tempo for West Indies batting.
Meanwhile, West Indies who were very impressive will mostly go ahead with the same XI as Chris Gayle is not expected to be fit for the second T20 as well and Holder could be restricted to the dugout as the team had performed decently in the first T20.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
West Indies: Johnson Charles, Chris gayle , Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels, Andre Fletcher (wk), Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree