WI vs IND 2nd Test: India has kick-started their WTC 2025-2027 Campaign on a high note by securing a gleaming 12-run win over West Indies in the first Test at Windsor Park. The Indian team which is a combination of young & experienced players has managed to hand the Windies a major 141-run defeat. They were on point in every aspect & displayed a sheer show with both bat & ball to outclass the hosts. On the other hand, hosts are lagging in every department & they need to show some extraordinary performances to make a comeback & level the series. Indian team who is brimming with confidence would aim to wrap up the series by winning the second Test at the Queen’s Park Oval.
WI vs IND 2nd Test: Teams Preview
West Indies Preview
West Indies who were once regarded as one of the top teams in World Cricket are somewhere lost. In recent times, they have suffered humiliating defeats in every format of cricket. After their recent debacle in the World Cup 2023 Qualifiers it was expected that the Caribbean clan will showcase their full strength & come back stronger in the Test series on their home ground. But they actually couldn’t replicate the performance they had thought of. And were bundled out for just 150 runs in the first innings of the first Test. They couldn’t handle the sharp spin attack of spin duo R Ashwin & Ravindra Jadeja. The duo ripped Windies’ batting order by scalping eight wickets in combination.
Their misery continued in the second innings as well when they were bundled for 130 runs. Here also the wrecker in chief was Ravindra Jadeja & R Ashwin, Facing a 141 run loss in the first Test was a huge shame for the home side & they would aim to anyhow gain their lost prestige by winning the first Test.
The Windies need to gain momentum & deliver to save the series
West Indies have some renowned batters in their batting order in the face of Kraigg Brathwaite, Jermaine Blackwood, and Tagenarine Chanderpaul. But they failed to do much in front of the Asian Giants, the Indian team. They should aim to step up & deliver in front of the stringent Indian bowling attack. Alick Athanaze who provided great support in the middle order by scoring 47 & 28 runs in the first two innings will be their biggest bet in the second Test. While in their bowling department, frontline bowler Alzarri Joseph should aim for getting crucial wickets in the initial overs. On the other in the spin department, Rahkeem Cornwall who bowled on tight lines & did some trouble to the Indian batters will aim to continue his good run in today’s fixture as well. The Windies will have to click in unison to outclass Indian batters & register a glorious win to save the series.
The Men in Blue are gleaming on their West Indies Tour. They did an outstanding job with both bat & ball to outclass West Indies in every department of the game. First, the Indian clan spun the web of spin to restrict the West Indies batters from scoring big later the batting order returned with crucial runs & chased the meager target handing a major defeat to the hosts.
In the bowling department, the veteran spinner R Ashwin who was excluded from the WTC 2023 Final made a solid comeback by sclaping 12 wickets for just 131 runs. Windies batters were unable to find the answers to Ashwin’s spin assault. The Indian team will no doubt expect another signature performance from Ashwin with a series victory in their mind. He got valuable support from left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja who ended up scalping five wickets in the first Test. The spin duo has made the lives of the Windies miserable & would aim to continue their dominance in the crucial second Test match.
Men in Blue looks formidable & will aim to continue the good work
In the first innings, India managed to put up a decent total on board i.e. 421-5. This was possible just because of Yashaswi Jaiswal who returned with a stunning score of 171 on his debut match. The veteran batter, Rohit Sharma too didn’t leave this golden opportunity & made a remarkable comeback by scoring 103 runs. Virat Kohli’s 76-run knock provided a finishing touch to India’s innings. As a result of their impactful performances India didn’t find the need of batting in the second innings. They managed to walk away with an easy 141-run win putting the Windies’ caliber in serious doubt. Shubman Gill 7 Ishan Kishan failed to deliver with the bat & would aim to make their selection prove right in the second Test. For India winning the second Test & clinching the series would be the ultimate aim.
WI vs IND, 2nd Test: Match Details
Date and Time: July 20, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Live Streaming and Broadcast: FanCode, JioCinema & DD Sports
WI vs IND, 2nd Test: Pitch Report
The pitch at Queen’s Park in Port of Spain is batters friendly as the batters were able to return with scores of 302 in the first innings. In terms of bowling, the spin attack is favorable in Queen’s Park weather conditions while it also provides some kind of swing & bounce in the initial overs which can be utilized by seamers to the fullest. The toss-winning Captain should bat first if they aim of showing their dominance on this pitch.
Players to Watch for:
The young lad who made his mark right on his Test debut, Yashasvi Jaiswal is surely a player to watch out for. Jaiswal made sure that he make his counterparts remember his name by producing a zealous knock of 171 runs in the first Test. He would aim to continue the same dominance & performance in the second Test as well.
Prolific left-handed batter & right arm off-break bowler, Alick Athanaze is the one who actually acted as a savior for West Indies. He returned with scores of 75 runs & scalped one wicket in the last fixture to keep West Indies alive in the chase. He would continue to play his part in the second Test.
IND vs WI 2nd Test Predicted Playing XI
Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Raymon Reifer, Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Alick Athanaze, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj
Looking at the grit, determination & Performance of the Indian team in the first Test, it is clear that they can easily outclass the fragile-looking home side.