Today is the second match of the T20 series between India and the West Indies. The West Indies are still looking for their first win on this tour, and the Indian team stands in their way of winning both this T20 match and the series in Kolkata. In the last 11 T20Is between these two teams, India has completely outplayed the Windies, winning 9 of them. The current series is set to take place at the Eden Garden in Kolkata, where Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has amassed staggering batting figures. In the first match played here, he smashed 40 runs off 19 balls.
West Indies have power hitters in their squad, but they couldn’t find a way to win the first match against Indian leggies like Yuzi Chahal and Ravi Bishnoi. The Indian team is now looking forward to utilising those middle overs in the second game, which could help them win the T20 series at Eden Garden as well.
The game between the two teams will take place on February 18th, 2022 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Match Details to Note
Match: India vs West Indies, 2nd T20I Match, West Indies Tour of India, 2022
Date: February 18, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
India vs West Indies Team Previews
India’s dominance in the T20 series has continued after it whitewashed the Windies in the ODI series. The Indian team is now poised to take a 2-0 lead in the T20 series when they face visitors at Eden Garden in Kolkata on February 18th, 2021. When they face the Windies, Team India hopes to extend their winning streak to seven T20 matches. After winning the toss, Rohit Sharma invited the visitors to bat first, and Indian bowlers got off to a good start by taking early wickets. In 11 overs, the West Indies were 74-4. Debutant Ravi Bishnoi shines in his first international match, taking two wickets for 17 runs in four overs. Harshal Patel’s brilliant death over the attack helped India limit opponents to 157 runs.
While chasing a 158-run target, Indian starters provided a solid start to an inning. Rohit Sharma, who enjoys playing at Eden Garden, smashed 40 runs in 19 balls as part of a 64-run stand for the first wicket with Ishan Kishan. Surayakumar Yadav (34 runs off 18 balls) and Vyankatesh Iyer (24 runs off 13 balls) completed the innings, and India easily chased down the target.
The Indian squad as a whole is well-balanced, and they will attempt to maintain this combination in the second match as well. They are now one win away from clinching the series and would like to do so in the second T20 match against the Windies at Eden Garden.
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Avesh Khan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravi Bishnoi
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Except for Nicholas Pooran’s well-constructed middle-order knock and Roston Chase’s superb middle-overs spell, West Indies were completely out of the game in the first T20 match against hosts. They will now try to come back strong and win their first match on this tour when they face the Indian side again at Eden Garden. Windies openers failed to get off to a good start and lost the first wicket of the match, Brandon King, in the first over. Nicholas Pooran, the team’s leading run-scorer in the series against England, scored 61 runs in 43 balls, including five huge sixes. Captain Kieron Pollard added 24 runs in 19 balls at lower order to help the team total 157 runs.
Despite Roston Chase’s brilliant spell of two wickets for 14 runs in four overs, no other bowler was able to put pressure on the Indian batsmen. With 7 balls remaining, the Indian batters easily handled the Windies’ bowling attack to chase the total. The West Indies’ overall team appears to be strong on paper, but they have failed to deliver their skill sets on the field. They will now try to put their plans into action when they face the hosts in the second T20 match of the series at Eden Garden.
West Indies Squad
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Hayden Walsh
Predicted XI: Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Roston Chase, Rovman Powell, Akeal Hosein, Kieron Pollard (c), Romario Shepherd, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Odean Smith
India vs West Indies Toss Prediction
So far, the team batting second has won six of the nine T20Is played at Eden Gardens. The team that wins the toss should bat first because the numbers are stacked in favour of the chasing team at this venue.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The T20I series will be held at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The oldest stadium in India can hold more than 90,000 spectators.
The sky will be clear, with temperatures ranging from 29°C to 16°C. The wind will be blowing at 13 km/h from the west. In the first T20, the pitch favoured spinners. Batters have an advantage on this track in the second inning when chasing the target.
India vs West Indies Match Prediction
India has the upper hand over the Windies in this second T20 due to their spin attack duo and attacking opening pair. They have a well-balanced squad that can counter the West Indies’ attack. With 7 T20I victories in a row, India has a clear advantage over the visitors in this T20 series.
India is the favourite to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.33.
- After a 3-0 ODI victory over the visitors, India has already taken a 1-0 lead in the T20 series.
- Indian captain Rohit Sharma has scored 373 runs at an average of 41.44 in his last nine T20 innings and also played an attacking knock of 40 runs from 19 balls in the first match.
- India has defeated the West Indies four times in the last five matches.