India vs West Indies – Hosts eye whitewash over struggling visitors

Spinners to lead the Blues to another win
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India are likely to coast to another comprehensive win (AFP/Getty Images)

India vs West Indies Predictions, Preview & Betting Tips


With a comprehensive win in the 1st Test in Rajkot behind them, India look to complete a series whitewash when they host West Indies in the 2nd and final Test of the series in Hyderabad from Friday. The visitors look short of quality to challenge the hosts, who are likely to run away with another win.

India


The Men in Blue were comprehensive winners by an innings and 272 runs as the Windies fell to their heaviest Test Cricket defeat against India within three days. India took under 100 overs to bowl the Windies out twice and coast to an easy win.

Debutant opener Prithvi Shaw sparkled with 134 while captain Virat Kohli stroked 139 and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja slammed 100* to lead India to a mammoth 649/9. Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav took six wickets each and Jadeja took four wickets to pick up an easy win.

With one eye on the upcoming Australia Test tour, India are likely to test their bench strength which could mean a match for reserve opener Mayank Agarwal. There is also a remote chance of Virat Kohli sitting out, although it does nothing to decrease their chances of a win.

The young opener has already drawn comparisons to Sachin Tendulkar (Getty Images)

West Indies


The loss at Rajkot was Windies’ second-worst defeat ever in Test history and that is a sorry reflection of their Test form. The West Indies have played 46 Tests in the last five years and won just 11 in this period.

Their task was complicated by the absence of senior fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Jason Holder, who have 78 and 81 wickets respectively in the last five years. Holder has 832 runs with a hundred and four fifties since his debut and Windies dearly missed him.

Only middle-order batsman Roston Chase with 53 in the first innings and opener Kieran Powell with 83 in the second innings showed some fight as West Indies struggled in all departments.

Head-to-Head


There have been 95 Tests between these sides so far, with India winning 19, drawing 46 and losing 30. India have never faced West Indies at this venue.

Match Up


India are more likely to test their bench strength before their tour to Australia, but the promising debut of Prithvi Shaw augurs well. The Men in Blues have excellent depth and with their spin trio in such fine form, India look to continue their winning streak against the visitors.

The Windies will be buoyed by the return of Kemar Roach and Jason Holder, which should make them competitive. Winning the match is definitely out of their reach looking at their poor batting against the Indian spinners which is set to continue.

The return of Jason Holder is likely to make West Indies competitive (AFP/Getty Images)

Key Statistics


  • India have won 3 of the 4 Tests played at this venue.
  • India are unbeaten in 9 home Tests against West Indies since 1994, winning 7.
  • India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has 24 wickets in 6 innings at this venue with 3 five-wicket hauls.
  • West Indies have not won against India in 20 Tests since 2002, drawing 9 and losing 11.
  • West Indies have lost 12 of the 17 series they played in the last 5 years.

Verdict


India look set for another comprehensive win as Prithvi Shaw is likely to continue his blistering start to Test career. As the returns on backing an Indian win are very minimal, we are looking at individual markets and also backing Ravichandran Ashwin to lead the bowling charts.

Best Bet: Ravichandran Ashwin top 1st Innings bowler @ 2.60
To Score a 50 in 1st Inns: Prithvi Shaw @ 2.75
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Conrad Castleton 13 October 2018

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