West Indies v India 2nd Test Tips, Predictions and Preview - India to seal series whitewash

Ishant Sharma (PA)

It was status quo in Antigua as West Indies squandered their chances to test India and the sides move to Kingston for the series finale. 

A 318-run win for the visitors doesn’t do justice to the fact that the hosts had their chances to assert supremacy, only to lose out on key moments to leave the series 1-0 in favour of India.

India haven’t lost a Test series to the Windies since 2002, winning the seven since. A win will not only give the Windies a chance to draw the series but also pick up vital World Test Championship points. However, a brittle batting unit looks far from finding a way out of their troubles.

West Indies


Reducing India to 25 for 3 and 189 for 6 in the first innings gave the Windies a great chance to start the series on the front foot. However, they crumbled under pressure from thereon. Especially with the bat, where they could only muster 222 and 100. With no changes to the batting unit for the second Test, the onus on the existing batsmen only increases.

The likes of John Campbell, Shimron Hetmyer and Darren Bravo have shown little respect to the conditions and the requirements. All this meant the Windies had to rely on Roston Chase and the lower middle-order for stability. Their batting struggles meant the bowling heroics of Kemar Roach (4 for 66) in the first innings went unnoticed.

India


Captain Virat Kohli will be happy with the response from his side after being pushed to a corner at various junctures. Ajinkya Rahane (81 & 102) has found his century-scoring bat after a long time. Hanuma Vihari (32 & 93) has shown that he belonged to the top-level cricket.

The Indian bowling unit is at a completely different level. Jasprit Bumrah (six wickets), Ishant Sharma (eight) and Mohammed Shami (four) have proven to be more than a handful for the Windies.

Match Up


Windies have a lot of queries on their batting unit, starting with the poor form of opener Kraigg Brathwaite and the struggles of star player Shai Hope. The absence of a batting lynchpin throws them into the deep end of things. As for India, questions continue to hover around the openers and the wicket-keeping position. However, the strength in other areas of the game puts India as favourites to continue their stronghold over the Windies.

History & Statistics


  • Windies have lost six of their last eight Tests.
  • The last time Windies have lost two home matches in a row was in 2015-16.
  • Windies have lost three of their last five Tests here (W1, D1, L3).
  • Windies are winless against India at this venue since their last win in May 2002 (D1, L2).
  • India have won five of their last seven Tests (W5, D1, L1).
  • India haven’t lost in the West Indies since May 2002 (W5, D7).
  • India have won seven of their last nine H2Hs (W7, D2).

Key Players


Kemar Roach continues to be the only positive factor for the Windies, as the hosts struggle to find solutions to their struggles. Expect the pacer to be among the wickets once again.

From being an unlucky bowler, Ishant Sharma has now moved into being the lead bowler of the unit. His consistency makes him a great asset for Kohli’s plans.

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