In the second Test match of the two-match series, India will take on the West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad today i.e. July 20 at 7:30 PM IST. The second Test will be historically significant since it will be the 100th red-ball match between the two teams.
Given their overpowering effort in the first match, India should be able to breathe easy as they prepare to win another series in the Caribbean. It is quite unlikely that management will be encouraged to make any changes to India’s starting lineup after the team managed to win the Dominica Test convincingly. Shubman Gill will once again get an opportunity to impress selectors and fans with his bat at number three. There might be questions about Ajinkya Rahane’s inclusion, but it’s far from a thought that he might not be included if he’s in the squad. Rohit Sharma may make a few adjustments to their bowling staff, though. In such an event, Jaydev Unadkat, who was wicketless in the first Test, might make room for Mukesh Kumar or Navdeep Saini. Furthermore, management can now consider including spinner Axar Patel as Ravichandran Ashwin acquired sufficient wickets in the first Test.
On the other hand, West Indies had a lot of homework to do before stepping onto the pitch. The experienced players have a massive job in their hands as no player looked impressive in the series opener. Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite needs to deliver at the start of the innings with the bat while others need to follow. In the bowling department, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph need to bowl with discipline and accuracy to immediately dominate the Indian batters. Additionally, their DRS-taking decisions must be considered carefully. Overall, the team can compete with the visitors but is still a long way from winning the match unless Team India commits a grave error.
With 30 victories and 23 losses out of a total of 99 matches played so far, West Indies has an advantage over India in the head-to-head battle. However, the home side last won a Test series against India 21 years ago. Thus, making it obvious who has the upper hand.
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