India have taken an unassailable lead in the India Vs West Indies T20 series and will be pleased with how things have gone. The top-order has batted with intent and is getting off the blocks really quickly, Virat Kohli made a fifty and the finishers are doing well. The trio of Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Venkatesh Iyer have all scored nicely making India’s middle order look really steady.
The bowlers also came out strongly after being challenged to bowl with heavy dew. They were in a pressure situation against some of West Indies most explosive players, and did a very good job. Harshal Patel was good in the death and Ravi Bishnoi did a good job as well, but the best performance was from India’s experienced head. After struggling to find intent and rhythm, Bhuvneshwar Kumar turned the clock back to 2017-2018 and bowled a over. With 29 off 12 balls, he conceded only four runs to remind everyone of his death bowling skills.
The West Indies are still winless but they are getting far more competitive. The last game saw the likes of Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran go big. On another day their onslaught may have got the West Indies over the line, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Match: India Vs West Indies
Date: 20th February 2022
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
The evening for the India Vs West Indies game is going to be pleasant. A lot of dew is expected yet again in the India Vs West Indies fixture.
The first India Vs West Indies T20 saw the pitch take some turn and hold despite the presence of dew. The second T20 though had runs come at a faster pace. The surface had more grass, and the ball came on better. The third T20 is likely to have a similar pitch and with dew around the toss is going to be crucial in deciding the outcome of this India Vs West Indies game.
India (probable): 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Ishan Kishan (wk), 6 Venkatesh Iyer/Deepak Hooda, 7 Harshal Patel, 8 Deepak Chahar/Shardul Thakur, 9 Ravi Bishnoi, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11 Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav
West Indies (probable): 1 Kyle Mayers, 2 Brandon King, 3 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 4 Rovman Powell, 5 Kieron Pollard (capt), 6 Jason Holder, 7 Roston Chase, 8 Romario Shepherd, 9 Odean Smith, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Sheldon Cottrell
Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli are on a break now, and that could prompt atleast two changes. Ishan Kishan will take the gloves and Ruturaj Gaikwad could come in at the top-order. Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Hooda also have chances of selection while the bowlers may be rotated.
West Indies has struggled with their sixth bowler, but could still play the same eleven.
Kieron Pollard hasn’t been among the runs and with seniors stepping out after the T20 World Cup the spotlight will fall on him. His intent is in question, and fitness as well. On his day, Pollard can be very explosive, and he will need to go big in the upcoming India Vs West Indies game if he is to stay away from the firing zone.
After having a great time at the auction, Ishan Kishan has struggled to get going. His time in the middle has been a struggle and it is likely to get tougher with Kishan likely to drop down to five in a bid to fit Ruturaj Gaikwad.
With the bowling attack doing well and batting looking strong India stands a strong chance to win. The West Indies team is also very explosive, but their bowling is a little off and that leaves them behind.
Match Prediction: India will win the match