India vs Windies, 2nd T20I, Match Prediction: Who will win the Match?

The venue is set to host its maiden international match.

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The first T20I at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata turned out to be a one-sided affair as India defeated the Windies by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Though the Caribbean bowlers tried their hearts out, their batters looked all at sea as the visiting team were shot out for a paltry score, which Rohit Sharma and Co tracked down with over two overs to spare.

The Men in Blue, on the contrary, did strain with the bat a wee bit but would be satisfied with how the bowlers put their best foot forward. The second match is scheduled to be played tomorrow at Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. While the encounter is a must-win for Carlos Brathwaite’s men, the home team would be keen to seal the fate of the series.


The venue is set to host its maiden international match and therefore nothing much is known about the nature of the strip. Hence, the team winning the toss would want to field first to gauge the tricks of the pitch while the other team bats. Also, bearing in mind the dew factor that is likely to come into play, batting second seems to be the safest option for the time being.

Team Combination


The hosts are likely to replace Umesh Yadav with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who complained of a gastric issue in the last match. Rohit and Dhawan are the openers with Rahul and the swashbuckling Pant to follow. Pandey faltered last time around and would want to make amends. Kuldeep is the lone specialist spinner with Krunal as his support. Bumrah and Khaleel are the seamers with Bhuvneshwar.

Predicted XI

Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed


The Windies may draft in Obed McCoy in place of Keemo Paul, who was expensive last time. Hope and Ramdin are the openers. The onus will be on Shimron Hetmyer and Kieron Pollard to keep the scoreboard moving in the middle overs. Darren Bravo, Rovman Powell and Brathwaite also need to contribute. Allen and Pierre are the spinners with Thomas and McCoy as the pacers.

Predicted XI

Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (C), Fabian Allen, Khary Pierre, Obed McCoy, Oshane Thomas

Probable Top performers

KL Rahul- India, Oshane Thomas- Windies

Broadcast Details

TV – Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD

Live Streaming – Hotstar

Match Timings: 19:00 IST; 19:00 Local

The prediction is for the team batting second to win the match.