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IND vs WI, 2nd T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: India vs West Indies, (IND vs WI, 2nd T20I)

Date: February 18, 2022 – 7 PM IST

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, you can watch the second T20I match between India and West Indies on Star Sports 1 and HD 1 at 7 PM IST. You can also catch all the live action on the online streaming platform, Disney+ Hotstar. 

India vs West Indies, 2nd T20I: 

India went 1-0 up in the three-match T20I series with a comfortable six-wicket victory on Wednesday. West Indies, who will be looking to stay alive in the series, will take on the hosts in the second T20 international at the same Eden Gardens on Friday. 

Ravi Bishnoi starred for India on his international debut, claiming 2 for 17 off his four overs while bowling first. Despite Nicholas Pooran scoring a well-paced 61 off 43, the visitors could only manage 157/7 as other batters failed to score at a good rate. 

In response, captain Rohit Sharma came out all guns blazing and smashed 40 off 19 balls. Ishan Kishan struggled to get going in his 42-ball 35 knock and India lost three quick wickets to make things a bit intense. However, Suryakumar Yadav scored a brisk 34 off 18 and Venkatesh Iyer added 24 off 13 to take the team home with seven balls to spare. 

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for IND vs WI, 2nd T20I 

The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is a pretty good venue for batting while pacers also find some assistance. The average first innings score from 86 T20 matches played at this ground stands at 159. Kolkata Knight Riders have the highest total to their name at 232/2 while the lowest of 49 all-out belongs to Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

The weather at Kolkata on Friday is likely to be clear for the match to go uninterrupted. Temperature will be around 21°C in the evening. 

India: Expected XI and Team News 

India expectedly went in with Ishan Kishan as opening partner for Rohit Sharma in the first game. Suryakumar Yadav was preferred over Shreyas Iyer while Venkatesh Iyer pipped Deepak Hooda. Mohammed Siraj missed the last game and if he is to return, one of Deepak Chahar or Bhuvneshwar Kumar could miss. Ravi Bishnoi made his debut and was excellent in the first T20I. 

Probable XI – Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi

West Indies: Expected XI and Team News 

West Indies missed Jason Holder in the last game and if he is to return, one of Fabian Allen or Odean Smith could miss out. Roston Chase returned into the playing XI and did well with the ball. Brandon King hasn’t produced anything useful in a while and his place could be under a threat. 

Probable XI – Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard (c), Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen/Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell 

Head to head record of IND vs WI 

India have enjoyed quite a domination over West Indies in T20 cricket, having won 11 out of 18 games. India have also defeated the Windies in nine of the last ten clashes. 

India – 11

West Indies – 6

No Result – 1

2nd T20I: Five players to watch out for in the IND vs WI match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Rohit Sharma: Batter, India 

Rohit Sharma, amongst the best white ball players, has done well for India in T20 cricket as well. The 34yr old has scored 3237 runs in international T20s at an average of 33 and while striking at 140, including four centuries and 26 half centuries. Rohit has registered four fifties in his last seven T20 innings and is coming off a 19-ball 40 knock. He comes at 10.5 credits and is a good captaincy option.

Ravi Bishnoi: Bowler, India

Ravi Bishnoi has immense potential and is amongst the best leg-spinners in the world. The 21yr old was magnificent on his debut, snaring 2 for 17 in the first T20I. Bishnoi has 51 wickets from 43 T20 matches at a strike rate of 19.2. He will cost you only 8 credits and can be an excellent VC option. 

Nicholas Pooran: Wicketkeeper Batter, West Indies

Nicholas Pooran, one of the best players in the Windies cricket, has been working towards more consistency. The left hander has 4171 runs in T20 cricket at an average of 25 and has scored 337 runs in the last 10 innings at 37 average. Pooran is coming off a 43-ball 61 and at 9.5 credits, can be a good VC option. 

Ishan Kishan: Wicketkeeper Batter, India

Ishan Kishan had a real struggle in the first match, where he couldn’t score faster. But India are likely to stick with this talented youngster. He has 2761 runs in T20 cricket at an average of 28 while striking at 134. He has two hundreds and 15 fifties in the format. Kishan will cost you 8.5 credits. 

Kieron Pollard: Batter, West Indies 

Kieron Pollard is amongst the most destructive lower middle order batters in world cricket. His T20 numbers are staggering, with over 11000 runs at an average of 32 and strike rate of 152. Pollard’s last three T20 innings read 18*, 41* and 24* while also picking four wickets in the England series. He is priced at 9.5 credits. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Also read: Babar Azam vs Virat Kohli – A Deep Dive Into the Numbers of Two Stalwarts


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