However, the batting strength exhibited by West Indies batting order including Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis and Brandon King besides Skipper Kieron Pollard to post a mammoth total of 207 in the first match will give confidence to the visiting team to raise yet another challenge at an expected packed house at the Sports Hub, Karyavattom here.
As the West Indies innings in the first match saw contributions from a number of players instead of one standout innings, which also witnessed fireworks towards the end, it would be a tough time for the Indian bowlers to tame the Caribbeans.
Some lax fielding by the Indians in the first match which saw a few catches dropped would be a concern for Kohli’s team at the Sports Hub which is likely to be a batsman-friendly turf.
The state-of-the-art Sports Hub has been a lucky venue for India as they have won both the matches they have earlier played here including the ODI played against West Indies last year.
The spectators will be hoping to see local lad Sanju Samson, who replaced injured Shikhar Dhawan, get a chance to play here. In the recent match between India-A and South Africa-A held at the Sports Hub Sunju played a spectacular innings. (UNI)