West Indies are set to host India for a five-match T20I series and the 2nd T20I is set to take place at the Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts in Trinidad on Monday, August 1.
West Indies had suffered a disappointing whitewash in the ODI series. West Indies also saw a 3-run loss against India in the opening clash. Jason Holder’s absence did have a big toll in the first ODI. While in the 2nd ODI, despite performing well, West Indies were quite disappointed after not being able to finish off games. In the opening clash of the T20I series, the home side was dominated and India had picked up a comprehensive 68-run win. The hosts struggled with the bat as wickets fell in quick succession.
On the other hand, India headed into the ODI series with a second-string squad, and the likes of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Jasprit Bumrah were few of the absentees. However, there were few players like Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and skipper Shikhar Dhawan, who were brimming with confidence after ODI series win.
The visitors got a major boost as Rohit Sharma made his return to action and lead the Men in Blue from the front. They were without their permanent captain in the ODI series and in his absence Shikhar Dhawan was leading the visiting team. India had an all-round batting effort that helped them seal the series in the 2nd ODI. In a rain-marred final clash, the Men In Blue managed to get the win and clean swept Windies.
While, in the 1st T20I, the Men in Blue were brilliant with the ball Rohit Sharma led the pack with a brilliant 64 while Dinesh Karthik chipped up with an unbeaten 41 runs to take India to 190 for six after the end of stipulated 20 overs.
WAGING ODDS: West Indies (2.87) Vs India (1.42)
West Indies are the underdogs and are priced at 2.87, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹287.
India are the favorites and priced at 1.42 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹142.
The wicket at Warner Park is expected to be a good batting track with the ball coming nicely onto the bat. Meanwhile, seamers are expected to get some swing with the new ball but will want to vary their line and lengths once the ball gets old. With the momentum behind them, the Men in Blue are likely to get away with a win.
Prediction: India to win