St Kitts: India is set to extend their 1-0 lead over the West Indies in their preferred format as both the sides have landed at St Kitts & Nevis to lock horns for the second T20I on Monday. The momentum is certainly with the men in blue as they outplayed the Caribbean in all sections of the game and registered an emphatic 68-run victory in the opening encounter.
The hosts surrendered meekly in the first encounter and India is set to go ahead to get a 2-0 lead because the team has been playing as a unit and victory in the ODI series boosted the morale and injected confidence in the players.
It was amazing to see Suryakumar Yadav as an opener in the opening fixture. The team management will persist with Yadav or give someone else a chance in the opening slot with skipper Rohit Sharma.
India not only outclassed the West Indies in the first match, but also in team selection. The visitors went into the match with three spinners while the West Indies played just one, Akeal Hosein, who bowled splendidly with a figure of 1-14 in his four overs quota. India’s trio of Ravi Bishnoi, R Ashwin and Yadav shared five wickets between them.
The positive approach by the Indian batters has helped them score at 9.46 runs an over in T20Is in 2022. It is a healthy sign for the team as the T20 World Cup is gradually approaching, to be held in Australia this year.
In the absence of KL Rahul, the opening combination has not been settled. Suryakumar Yadav, promoted in the first match as an opener, was the seventh opener for the team this year.
The role of Dinesh Karthik as a finisher is a boon for the team, scoring 167 runs in 10 innings, striking at 147.80 in 2022.
At the outset, India is the firm favourite to outdo the hosts in the second T20I to be played at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts, on Monday at 8 PM IST. But always remember that uncertainty looms in cricket.