Toss West Indies chose to bowl vs India
The 2nd T20 international between West Indies and India finally began around the time it was scheduled to end – and the three-hour hold-up was caused by the delayed arrival of the team kits in St Kitts. After the toss eventually took place at 1.00 pm local time, Nicholas Pooran chose to bowl in West Indies’ bid to draw level in the five-match series.
The hosts made two changes to the team that lost the first T20I in Trinidad by 68 runs, bringing in batters Brandon King and Devon Thomas for Keemo Paul and Shamarh Brooks.
India made one switch, picking fast bowler Avesh Khan for legspinner Ravi Bishnoi, and captain Rohit Sharma said it was because of the smaller boundary dimensions and wind conditions at Warner Park in Basseterre. Seamer Harshal Patel was not available for selection for this game and the next because of a rib injury.
The delay also means that there will be a gap of only 18 hours between the 2nd and the 3rd T20I, which is scheduled to begin in St. Kitts at 10.30 am local time tomorrow.
West Indies: 1 Kyle Mayers, 2 Brandon King, 3 Nicholas Pooran (capt & wk), 4 Jason Holder, 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Devon Thomas, 8 Romario Shepherd, 9 Akeal Hosein, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Obed McCoy
India: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Suryakumar Yadav, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Dinesh Karthik, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Avesh Khan, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Arshdeep Singh