Dominating the West Indies since the first day of their tour, India would look to clinch another series win when both teams lock horns in the second T20I on Tuesday in Lucknow. Ending a four-match T20 losing streak at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India will be considered favourites, who would look forward to register another thumping victory over the visitors. After the five-wicket win on Sunday, India have managed to better their head-to-head record against the current World T20 champions to 5-3 between 2009 and 2017.
Carrying the team’s responsibility in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma repeated his Asia Cup leadership heroics as the decisions executed by him fell perfectly in the favour of the Men In Blue. After failing to put up a gallantry show with the bat, the skipper on Tuesday would look forward to smash another match-winning knock that has earned him the title of ‘The Hitman’. Besides the captain, opener Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Manish Pandey also struggled as they failed to make any mark in the series-opener. However, a responsible 31-run knock by Dinesh Karthik and some hitting at the end by debutant Krunal Pandya saw India chase down the target with 13 balls to spare.
But come Tuesday, Lucknow, which is hosting its first international match at the newly-built Ekana Stadium, would be eager to see a more dominant performance from the home team, one that’s befitting the gulf in quality between the two sides