India vs WestIndies

As West Indies made a remarkable fight back on the final day of the rain-hit second test India will have to look back at their bowling combinations and get back to winning ways.

But the visitors still hold a 1-0 lead in the four test match series after winning the first test by an innings and 92 runs and would look to seal the series when they take the field at the Darren Sammy Stadium.

Over the years West Indies has lost its charm and drawing a Test that seemed long lost is worth celebrating, but the proof lies in its sustainability. Given that most of their best talent is either not interested or not wanted in Test cricket, it will be a great result for Phil Simmons’ and Jason Holder’s team if they can consistently make teams work hard for wins. The bowlers will need the same discipline as they showed in Jamaica; the lower middle order will have to show their best skills and The Top order if they perform the batting line up can cause a problem for Team India.

In the nine Tests that followed, they lost seven, including the two-Test series at home to a rebuilding Australia last year. The matches they drew were heavily influenced by rain – in Sydney and Jamaica.

Expect India to come back hard at West Indies. They have added motivation, thanks to Australia’s poor series in Sri Lanka. Leading the series 1-0 after two Tests, if they win the two remaining matches, India will go to the top  of the ICC Test rankings, irrespective of the results in other series.

Highlights:

The visitors hold a 1-0 lead in the four match Test series.

Only four tests have been played at this ground since the inaugural Test in 2001.

The forecast during the Test is of cloudy conditions and it rains at least for two days.

 West Indies (probable): 1 Kraigg Braithwaite, 2 Leon Johnson, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Jermaine Blackwood, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Carlos Brathwaite/Alzarri Joseph, 10 Miguel Cummins, 11 Shannon Gabriel

India (probable): 1 and 2 M Vijay/KLRahul/Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 R Ashwin, 7 Wriddhiman Saha, 8 Amit Mishra/Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Umesh Yadav/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishant Sharma.

 

 

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