The 2nd Indian T20I against the West Indies will have a delayed departure due to baggage problems

The second T20I between India and the West Indies will have a delayed start on Monday August 1 at Warner Park in St. Kitts, a report from Cricket West Indies (CWI) has confirmed.

The game will start at 22:00 IST instead of the original time of 20:00 IST. The organizers had to delay the departure due to the late arrival of the cricketers’ luggage.

Confirming the same in a statement, CWI wrote:

“Due to circumstances beyond CWI’s control, there have been significant delays in the arrival of the crucial team’s baggage to St. Kitts from Trinidad. As a result, Game 2 of the Goldmedal T20 Cup today is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. Jamaica / 10 p.m. India).”

The West Indies Board also expressed its regrets to all stakeholders for the inconvenience caused. The statement added:

“CWI regrets any inconvenience caused to our valued fans, sponsors, broadcast partners and all other stakeholders.”

The visitors currently lead the five-match series 1-0 after a convincing victory by 68 points in the opener. Beating first, the Men in Blue posted 190 points, before limiting the West Indies to 122 points.

‘Some changes will have to be made to the squad’ – Aakash Chopra on India’s playing XI for 2nd T20I

Former cricketer Aakash Chopra has suggested that the tourists will need to make some changes to their playing XI for the second game in the series. Rohit Sharma and Co. fielded three spinners in the opener but will have to resort to more pacers, as St Kitts’ wicket favors fast bowlers.

Speaking on her YouTube channel on Monday, Chopra said:

“Some big questions are already there for the Indian team. In the last game, I think India read the conditions better, so they came in with three spinners and they also did a good job. Some changes will have to be brought in because there is more help for fast bowlers here.”

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Predicting his playing XI for the second T20I, Chopra reckoned that Suryakumar Yadav would continue to open innings, while management could try Sanju Samson in place of Shreyas Iyer.

The cricketer-turned-commentator believes it will be difficult for India to choose between Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi as second spinner alongside Ravindra Jadeja. He said:

“All three spinners played well in the last game, so who will you leave out – Bishnoi or Ashwin? Ashwin rejects Pooran and Hetmyer. If there are lefties, you want to play it, but will it be there in your World Cup squad? I feel like the team will play against Ashwin, but I think you can also play against Ravi Bishnoi.”

Aakash Chopra’s XI for the 2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer/Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin/Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel

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Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee