India absolutely crushed the West Indies in the first match of the series. It was a bit disappointing to see the West Indies serve up a surface that suited India perfectly. It is always good to see India win but a contest is so much more entertaining.
A close match also means that we get better odds to bet on!
Can we hope for anything different in this match? The venue is Port of Spain, a historic Test venue where the groundsman can be expected to be a bit more proactive and bring the seamers into play. That alone may not be enough for a contest but we can always hope!
WEST INDIES VS INDIA 2ND TEST 2023 LIVE BROADCAST AND STREAMING
The Test match will be available on Fancode app, JioCinema, and Sports18 on Television.
WEST INDIES VS INDIA HEAD TO HEAD
India’s dominance over the West Indies in recent times has been complete. They have won the previous five tests by 141 runs, 257 runs, 318 runs, 10 wickets, and 272 runs.
WI VS IND TEAM PREVIEWS
West Indies has been spiraling down the cricketing ladder for quite some time now but they always come up with a few performances that make you believe again. It will take something very special for Kraigg Brathwaite and his men to be able to put up a fight against India.
For one thing, West Indies seems to be playing in conditions that favor India a lot more. Even if that changes for this match, the West Indian batting is just so weak that it might not be able to resist the inexperienced Indian bowling either.
Kraigg Brathwaite has now been dismissed to Ashwin six times including twice in the previous Test match. Braithwaite is the best West Indian batter by far and with him under pressure, the rest of the batting looks vulnerable as well.
Alick Athanaze looked impressive and certainly has the ability to score runs but apart from him, we would not put our money on any one of the West Indian batters. In fact, a smart play here could be to bet against the West Indian batters whenever you get the chance.
It looks like Rakheem Cornwall is going to miss out on this match because of injury and may be replaced by Kevin Sinclair or Shannon Gabriel. Alzarri Joseph will lead the attack and can be quite dangerous if there is some help for the fast bowlers or maybe some extra bounce.
India was never really challenged in the first Test and must have felt that they were the home team, so friendly were the conditions to them. We expect more of a challenge in this match. India is unlikely to make any changes to its lineup for this match because almost everyone is in need for some game time.
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma showed a lot of patience and managed to pick up a century each while Virat Kohli struggled for every run that he made but still managed to reach 76. Ajinkya Rahane, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, and Ravindra Jadeja make a formidable batting lineup.
For some reason, Gill has not been able to convert his success in the white-ball format to runs in the Test arena as consistently but we would still not bet against him. Jadeja is probably one of the better choices for an over/under bet in this match right now.
He was 37 not out in the previous match and is averaging well over 50 over the two years of Test cricket.
The bowling lineup’s strength is obviously spin. Ashwin ripped through the West Indian batting in the previous match and could be the lead bowler for India in this match as well. A bit of boucne and seam will bring in Siraj but don’t count Ashwin out.
Overall, India is just too strong for the West indies at this point in time and it will require a real meltdown from India to actually lose this match.
WI VS IND TOSS PREDICTION
The team that wins the toss is likely to want to bat first (unless there is a lot of grass on the pitch and some overcast conditinos).