India vs West Indies – 2nd Test PREVIEW: India look to extend dominance

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India will take on West Indies in the 2nd Test match to be played at Sabina Park, Jamaica from 30th August 2019. After winning 1st Test by a massive 318 runs margin, the Indian Cricket Team would be looking to continue their good form in the 2nd Test.

In the 1st Test match, India was reduced to 25 for 3 after electing to bat first. Ajinkya Rahane scored an important 81 runs and added 68 runs for the 4th wicket. Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli failed to score big runs in 1st innings. Ravindra Jadeja scored an important 58 runs in the 1st innings which led India posting 297. In the 2nd innings, Rahane impressed once and scored 102. Indian captain Virat Kohli scored a half-century while Hanuma Vihari scored 93 which helped India declare their innings on 343 for 7.

The Indian bowling line up looks solid with the likes of Ishant Sharma performing well taking 5 wickets in the 1st innings. Jasprit Bumrah was superb wreaking havoc picking 5 for 7 in the 2nd innings which led India bowling out West Indies for 100. Mohammed Shami took 2 wickets in each innings and was a great support for both Ishant and Bumrah. Ravindra Jadeja took only 2 wickets but played a key role taking 2 wickets in 1st innings.

With 60 points on the line in ICC Test Championship, Virat Kohli would not be making changes in the playing XI and hope India continue their domination over West Indies.

As far West Indies is concerned, their batting looks brittle. Roston Chase, Hetymer, Hope and Holder got starts but were not able to convert into big scores in the 1st innings. West Indies openers need to give a great start to lay a strong foundation for the others to build on. In the 2nd innings, only Kemar Roach provided resistance as the top scorer with 38 runs.

With Miguel Cummins injured, they have included all-rounder Keemo Paul in the squad. Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder troubled the Indian batting. West Indies need to play their best cricket if they need to defeat the World number 1 ranked Indian team.

India Probable XI

KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajiyanka Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Risbabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

West Indies Probable XI

John Campbell, Kraigg Braithwaite, Darren Bravo, Brooks, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetymer, Shai Hope (WK), Keemo Paul, Jason Holder (C), Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel.


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