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Probable XI, match prediction, pitch report, weather forecast and live stream details


The second T20I between India and the West Indies will be played on Friday February 18 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Rohit Sharma-led side played well in the opening match to win by six wickets and take a 1-0 series lead. The West Indies are now in an inescapable situation as their wait for their first victory on the tour continues.

The series opener saw debutant Ravi Bishnoi shine for India. He came back with numbers of 2-17 in his four overs, keeping the opposition on their toes the whole time.

Even with the bat, the Men in Blue played well when they were in trouble. The middle order has been tested almost every time in four matches (three ODIs and one T20I) so far. In the previous game, Venkatesh Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav kept their cool to drive the team home in a nervous chase.

The West Indies, meanwhile, performed well despite a brilliant start in India. The spinners were watching the run rate in the middle of the overs, so the visitors would want their hitters to come to the party now.

It was only thanks to Nicholas Pooran that they managed to post a decent total of 157 on the board. The southpaw smashed 61 on just 43 deliveries, so the other hitters will have to step up to challenge the hosts in this crucial game up for grabs.


Match Details

Match: India vs West Indies, 2nd T20I.

Date and time: February 18, 2022; 7 p.m. IST.

Place: Gardens of Eden, Calcutta.


Presentation report

The pitch offered in Game 1 of the series helped spinners, as the ball grabbed and spun. Even with the dew settling in, players like Akeall Hosein and Roston Chase had a ride. The new ball also swayed a bit. With plenty of dew expected again as the game progresses, the team that wins the toss should look to play first.


Weather report

The match day weather for this game is clear with no chance of rain. The temperature should hover around 20-22 degrees Celsius, while the humidity could be around 51%.


Probable game XIs

India

After winning the opener, the hosts are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI. Most of the players have lived up to expectations, and Rohit Sharma is the one who doesn’t like to make a lot of changes.

Likely eleventh

Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal.

West Indies

West Indies missed out on all-rounder Jason Holder in the series opener, and if he’s fit he should return straight to the playing XI. Holder could replace Odean Smith, who didn’t have a great game during the first T20I. West Indies will be tempted to play Shai Hope, but Brandon King will likely get one more chance.

Likely eleventh

Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard (C), Rovman Powell, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith/Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell.


Match prediction India vs West Indies

India seems too good for the West Indies right now. Against two leg spinners to face, the West Indian batters could not play freely. Nonetheless, they are a dangerous side, especially in the game’s shorter format, something the hosts will need to be wary of.

Prediction: India victory.


Live Stream Details

Television – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

Live stream: Hotstar.


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