2nd Test, Sabina Park: Buoyant India eye another series win over West Indies
Virat Kohli and Jason Holder square off in the second Test at Sabina Park. © AFP

Jasprit Bumrah displayed a new-found ability to swing the red cricket ball both ways as India claimed 60 World Test Championship points in Antigua with a record 318-run win over West Indies in the first Test.

Now on top of the WTC table, Virat Kohli‘s team will believe they can double their tally when they meet West Indies in the second Test starting Friday at Kington’s Sabina Park.

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Bumrah recorded the most economical five-wicket haul by an Indian bowler when he ransacked West Indies with 5/7 on what proved the last day in Antigua, with four of victims bowled. Set an improbable target of 419, West Indies were bowled out for 100 in 26.5 overs for their lowest Test innings total  against India. So devastating was Bumrah, that two Caribbean fast-bowling legends were prompted to wonder what he would have been like as part of that fabled West Indian quartet of the 1980s.

Jasprit Bumrah 5 for 7
Jasprit Bumrah took 5/7 in West Indies’ second innings in Antigua. © AFP

How does Jason Holder‘s team bounce back from a loss like that?

The West Indies skipper was left searching for words, and has demanded that the batsmen deliver. The problem is, the batting isn’t settled. The opener John Campbell is four Tests old; Shamarh Brooks made his debut in Antigua at the age of 30; Darren Bravo could not buy runs during the World Cup and before that, struggled in the Tests against England; and Shimron Hetmyer has not had a fixed batting spot.

West Indies’ major challenge is to cope with India’s strong pace attack comprising Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.

(READ: World Test Championship points table: India lead after resounding win)

India themselves will hope that Mayank Agarwal builds on the promise shown during his first two Test matches in Australia, and puts behind him a poor outing in Antigua. His opening partner KL Rahul was left dismayed at two aborted starts, both times out to Roston Chase’s offspin, and will need a strong Test at Sabina Park to convince that he belongs in that role.

With rain expected on days one and four of the second Test, this match is set to be somewhat hampered.

Match details

What: India vs West Indies, 2nd Test

When: Friday, September 30

Where: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Start time: 08:00pm IST

Weather: Isolated thunderstorms for day one, followed by clearer weather on Saturday and Sunday.

Team news

West Indies

Keemo Paul, who missed the first Test with an ankle injury but served as a substitute fielder, has recovered and has replaced Miguel Cummins in the squad. Unless the conditions merit an additional spinner and West Indies hand a Test debut to the allrounder Rahkeem Cornwall, Paul should slot in for Cummins.

rahkeem cornwall bowling
Rahkeem Cornwall2 has 260 wickets in 55 first-class games at 23.90. © AFP

The other possible change could be to play both allrounders, which would mean dropping a batsman. In this scenario, Brooks, after scoring 11 and 2 in the first Test, could lose his place.

Shai Hope will continue to keep wickets with Shane Dowrich still rehabilitating.

West Indies likely 11: 1 John Campbell, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Shai Hope (wk), 5 Roston Chase, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Rahkeem Cornwall, 9 Keemo Paul, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Shannon Gabriel

India

After the Antigua Test, Kohli – who also became India’s most successful captain overseas with the win – explained why R Ashwin was left out and why Hanuma Vihari was picked in a decision that was criticised by many.

India could likely play the same XI, given that Bumrah was rested for the limited-overs leg of the tour. Ravindra Jadeja scored a vital first-innings half-century and bowled well, and should hold his place.

India likely XI: 1 KL Rahul, 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Hanuma Vihari, 7 Rishabh Pant (wk), 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Ishant Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Pitch and conditions

Even with rain expected, the Sabina Park pitch is usually one that offers pace bowlers assistance. Expect pace and bounce.

sabina park pitch report
Rain is forecast for days one and four at Sabina Park at Kingston. © AFP

Stats

India last lost a Test match to West Indies in 2002.

Jadeja needs six wickets to get to 200 in Tests. Shami is too short of 150 Test wickets.

Holder has 95 wickets in Tests.

Sabina Park has hosted 51 Test matches. Of these, West Indies have won 24, lost 13 and drawn 14.

Quotes

“We got the early wickets we were looking for but I thought that we tried a bit too hard, we didn’t stick to coming down the channel, we tried a bit too hard with the short-ball plan and stuff like that.” – Roston Chase