West Indies vs India: The second game at Lauderhill and the last of the tour. The tour has seen a lot of interesting games in both formats as India are trying their new template and West Indies are trying some new players. The West Indies line-up looks pretty settled and the names are growing as they find themselves in international cricket. For India, the new style is also working well as Suryakumar Yadav leads the way for them in the format.
Played-23 | India-15 | West Indies-7 | No Result-1
Match: West Indies vs India
Date: 7th August 2022
Time: 8:00 PM IST
The weather doesn’t look great over the next two days. There is rain predicted during the West Indies vs India game and that could be a concern as the fixtures go on.
With two games in two days, the track will show signs of wear. The ball is likely to spin more bringing the likes of Ashwin into play. Batting first will be a better option.
Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran(c,wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovmann Powell, Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hossein, Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh Jr
Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda/Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(wk), Dinesh Karthik/ Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel/ Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin/Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh
Ravichandran Ashwin has transformed himself well over the last few years. From a traditional off-spinner, who controls the run-rate, he is now bowling wicket-taking balls on a regular basis. With the bat, his presence is a lot more noticed as he is a confident batter who can also hit sixes at will now. He has improved a lot over the years and this series in particular has been good for him. He is doing a good job against right handers in particular, which is not normal for off-spinners. With the pitch likely to turn more, he will be a weapon in the upcoming game.
Obed McCoy has been a touch unlucky for the West Indies. He has missed out on World Cup selections narrowly, but with his bowling going well he seems to be a direct pick for Australia. His left-arm angle always provides variety and with India susceptible to left-arm pace he will have a role to play early in the innings, before Rohit Sharma gets settled.
West Indies may have an advantage in the first game at Lauderhill, but the wear on the track will leave India ahead in the second game. They know how to exploit spin better and will find it easier to bowl, putting West Indies in some trouble.