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India v West Indies 2nd Test preview

Keemo Paul back in XI, Will Ashwin play ?

West Indies after being crushed by India in the first test is looking to come up with a better show as the 2nd test gets underway at Kingston Jamaica. The pitch has a greenish tinge but dry and cracks are visible as the result it may take spin later and will be tougher as match goes on.The Windies batting look in shambles after the Bumrah show and they dont have strong reserves in their sheds to make impact changes. Hence ,no changes in the top 5 expected. Their bowling will be strengthened with the return of fit again Keemo Paul to join Roach ,Gabriel and Holder in their pace attack. Also they will seriously consider playing the tall and  burly Rakheem Cornwall ,the bowling allrounder who bowls offspin instead of Sharman Brooks .The probable West Indies XI could be : Braithwaite, Campbell, Hope, Bravo, Heytmer, Chase, Holder, Cornwall, Paul, Roach and Gabriel.

India after their big win, is not expected to make changes either. However looking at the dryness of the pitch there could be an inclination to play Ashwin instead of Shami and thus play two specialist spinners. However Kohli’s inclination for fast bowlers might keep the bowling attack same is 1st test. Also there are murmurs that Rishabh Pant ,who is not scoring many runs , might make way for Saha who is the better keeper. However since Pant has got a 100 in tests  just one test ago in Sydney, the team will persist with him probably. The batting lineup will stay the same. Runs for Rahane and Vihari in 1st test means Rohit Sharma has to wait longer to play his next test. Mayank Agarwal and Pujara will look to get some runs after a subdued shows in 1st test while KL Rahul will look to consolidate his spot by converting his 30s and 40s to 100s. The probable Indian XI will be as : Rahul, Mayank, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Vihari, Pant, Jadeja, Ashwin/Shami, Ishant, Bumrah.

With this being such a low profile series due to lack of competitiveness, its upto the West Indies to add some firepower in this contest similar to what they did in their surprise home series win vs England last March .

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Amitava Mukherjee

A commerce graduate with work experience in Banking sector. An avid sports enthusiast. Big fan of soccer cricket and tennis

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