The second Test between Windies and India will be played at Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica.
The match starts at 09:30 AM local time (8 PM IST) (02:30 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3 (both HD channels as well) in India. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
India dominated proceedings for most times in the opening Test at the Sir Vivan Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. It was only when the visitors were reduced to 25 for three that the Caribbean team looked like being ahead of the match. Ajinkya Rahane played brilliantly and his knocks were backed by some superlative performances from the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.
India also managed to get 60 points in the World Test Championship and they will be looking for 120 going into the second Test. As far as the hosts are concerned, their bowlers promised for a brief while, but the batting was a huge let-down, especially in the second innings. The Indian bowling is a seasoned one and the Windies won’t have it easy by any means even in the next encounter.
The weather in the morning of all the five days is expected to be good. But during the afternoon, the heavens may open up. Hence, there could be a few stoppages in play throughout. The temperature will be in the low 30s and the humidity isn’t something daunting.
Out of the last seven Tests at the venue, six produced results. In those games, runs were scored at a rate of 3.15, which shows that the strip has a lot for the batters. Like most of the venues, the deck in Jamaica deteriorates with the progression of the game. Hence, teams should opt to bat after winning the toss.
Probable Playing XIs:
Kraigg Braithwaite, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Kemar Roach, Keemo Paul, Shannon Gabriel.
Bench- Jahmar Hamilton, Rahkeem Cornwall
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravi Ashwin/Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav/Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Bench- Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami/Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja/Ravi Ashwin
Keemo Paul has recovered from the ankle injury. He has replaced Miguel Cummins in the 13-man squad.
Since August 2018, Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 826 runs in nine overseas Tests at an average of 51.62. In those games, he scored four centuries.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane
Vice-Captain Options: Hanuma Vihari, Roston Chase, Jason Holder
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Shai Hope
Batsmen – KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane
All-Rounders – Hanuma Vihari (VC), Jason Holder, Roston Chase
Bowlers – Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Rishabh Pant
Batsmen – Mayank Agarwal, Darren Bravo, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara (C)
All-Rounders – Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Holder, Roston Chase (VC)
Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Shannon Gabriel, Keemo Paul.
It’s the last Test of the series and India may make a couple of changes in their eleven, if not more. Hence it’s advisable to wait for the toss before selecting the team.
India are expected to win the game and the series 2-0
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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