Dominant India Aim to End Windies Tour on Ultimate High in Jamaica

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 29 August 2019, 02:36 PM
India will be gunning to end the West Indies tour without a single loss ahead of the Jamaica Test. (Image credit: Twitter)
India will be gunning to end the West Indies tour without a single loss ahead of the Jamaica Test. (Image credit: Twitter)
HIGHLIGHTS
    • India has not lost a single game in the current tour of West Indies.
    • India registered their best win overseas in terms of runs in Antigua.
    • Ajinkya Rahane scored 81 and 102 in the previous Test.

A 3-0 sweep in the Twenty20 Internationals. A 2-0 series win in the three-match ODIs with one game getting washed out. A 318-run win in the Antigua Test match. So far, Virat Kohli's Indian cricket team will feel like how the tourists arriving in the Caribbean feel - absolutely overjoyed. Kohli's Indian team have been dominat in all facets, be it bowling, batting and fielding across all formats. The performance in the West Indies would have given Kohli's side plenty of joy after their painful exit in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand and the tour now comes to an end with the second and final Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica.

India are runaway favourites going into the second and final match at the Sabina Park against a team that neither showed the resolve nor the aptitude required to put up a sustained fight in five-day cricket. "The conditions here are good and the pitch also looks good. We are expecting another good performance," bowling coach Bharath Arun said on Wednesday. Jasprit Bumrah (match haul of 6 wickets) and Ishant Sharma (8 wickets) exposed the opposition's technical frailties and they will be gunning for more in the second game. It is unlikely that India will be tinkering with their playing XI.

Team Combination

India

India ticked all the right boxes in the Test match in Antigua. However, there is a major question mark regarding Rishabh Pant's form. The left-hander is currently having a torrid time in the Caribbean, having scored just one fifty across all formats. Pant is currently facing plenty of heat regarding his place in the side and with Wriddhiman Saha waiting in the wings, the Jamaica Test could be a make-or-break situation for Pant.

India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

West Indies

For West Indies, there hasn't been much to write home about as none of their players even got a half-century in two innings. Talented players like Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope didn't measure up while the normally dependable Roston Chase also looked out of sorts in the second innings.  The only saving grace for them was the new ball pair of Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach, who bowled their hearts out without much support from others.

West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.

Who will win?

Looking at the form of both teams throughout the tour, India has been dominant and they could win the Jamaica Test and end the tour on a high.

Weather and Pitch

The pitch at Sabina Park has always assisted the pacers due to the extra bounce and zip in the wicket. The weather is good for three days but on the fourth day, rain is predicted.

Stadium and Timings

The encounter will take place at Sabina Park in Jamaica and the toss will take place at 7:30 PM.

First Published: Thursday, August 29, 2019 02:35 PM
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