The Windies need answers for the conundrum of spin

  • India won the 1st T20I by 5 wickets after restricting the Windies for their lowest T20 score against India
  • The West Indies batsmen looked all at sea against the spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya
  • India lost a few wickets in their run chase and will look at being clinical as an opportunity for improvement

India will defeat West Indies to win the T20I series 2-0 with one match still to be played


The 2nd Twenty20 International match between India and the West Indies will take place on the 6th of November at the Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. The Indians are 1-nil up in the 3-match series after recording a dominating 5-wicket win in the 1st match played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The online cricket betting tip for this match suggests a win for India with the expectation of them taking out the series 2-nil by the end of the 40 over stipulation for this match.


A disappointing 1st T20I

The Windies are normally known as a very strong T20 side. The defending T20 world champions, however, are fielding a fairly new and unsettle T20 side in India and a marauding Indian team exposed their frailties. They lost the 1st ODI match quite comprehensively.


India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and inserted the Windies to take the 1st lease of the Eden Gardens wicket. The Windies opened the innings with a makeshift opening pair of Shai Hope and Denesh Ramdin guard. Ramdin was prized out edging an outswinger from Umesh Yadav to the waiting hands of Dinesh Karthik. Shai Hope was involved in a great big mix-up which saw him stranded at the non-striker’s end. Shimron Hetmyer then skied a short ball from Bumrah for Karthik to take another well-judged catch. Kieran Pollard made 14 but used up 26 deliveries to do so while Darren Bravo too struggled to score 5 runs off 10 deliveries. Pollard was Krunal Pandya’s 1st international wicket, thus giving him bragging rights when the two players share the same dressing Mumbai Indians dressing room during the next IPL.


Rovman Powell was the next to go caught behind for 4 although replays showed that he may have well jammed the bat on to his boot rather than edging through to the wicket-keeper. Captain Carlos Brathwaite was caught up in a tangle on the crease, not knowing which way Kuldeep was spinning the ball. The score read a dismal 63 for 7 off 15 overs when Brathwaite was dismissed. Fabian Allen made 27 off 20 deliveries on debut butting on 24 runs for the 8th wicket with Keemo Paul before Paul and Pierre added 22 runs off the last two overs to take the score up to 109.


Spin dominates while Khaleel shines on debut

Left-arm seam bowler Khaleel Ahmed made his T20I debut along with Krunal Pandya for India. Ahmed who had a successful ODI series continued the same form by capturing 1 for 16 in 4 overs inclusive of the only maiden over bowled by an Indian bowler. Krunal Pandya captured 1 for 15 in 4 overs with his last two overs going for just 2 singles. Kuldeep Yadav was the chief tormentor capturing 3 for 13 in 4 overs of left-arm Chinaman. Jasprit Bumrah then came back to hit the popping crease with yorkers time and time again to give no chance for the Windies batsmen to break free.


The Indian reply

India in their reply was rocked early by Oshane Thomas who bowled with pace and intelligence. He accounted for the wickets of Sharma and Dhawan in a fiery spell of bowling with the new ball. Carlos Brathwaite then accounted for the wickets of KL Rahul and Rishab Pant as the Indians were reduced to 45 for 4 in 8 overs. Brathwaite bowled at 130kmph per hour but his accuracy made it hard for the batsmen to score runs off him. Manish Pandey steadied the ship with Dinesh Karthik by adding 38 runs before Krunal Pandya added the finishing touches by scoring 21 runs off 9 balls through sweeps and reverse sweeps either side of the wicket.


Personnel for the 2nd T20 match

If Idecidesecide to further experiment with the playing 11, we should see Shreyas Iyer and Shabhaz Nadeem getting a look into in one of the upcoming matches. Washington Sundar is another young off-spinning all-rounder in the side who will be itching for an opportunity sometime during this series. The West Indies will need to seriously think about their opening batting combination if they are to be competitive in this series. Ewin Lewis should come back to the team and the Windies need to consider opening the batting with Darren Bravo. 2 days is not enough time for a team to brush up their skills against spin bowling. But the Windies have only a very limited to sort things out.


Online cricket betting tip

We fear the worst for the West Indies if the performance in the 1st T20I is any indication of things to come. They painted a dismal performance with the bat and looked short of ideas with the ball when India counter-attacked during the latter part of the run chase. Our online cricket betting tip through the analysis above suggests another comprehensive win for the Indians and expect them to go 2-nil up in this series.

Match Info


India vs West Indies 2018



Home Team:


Away Team:

West Indies


Nov 6, 2018


13:30 GMT


Ekana International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, India


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