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11 Oct 2018

India vs West Indies: Match preview of the second Test

India and Windies gear up for second Test

India and West Indies will lock horns in the second Test, starting tomorrow in Hyderabad.

After sealing the first match by an innings and 272 runs, India will look forward to notch another impressive victory and seal the series.

There is plenty to look forward to as West Indies hope to give a better account of themselves.

Here's our pre-match report.

In context

India and Windies gear up for second Test
India likely to field the same XI

Players

India likely to field the same XI

Fans would have hoped that India will be giving either Vihari or Mayank a look in for this match, but India are set to field the same playing XI.

Kohli and Shastri look comfortable fielding the same XI.

As a result, Mayank, who has been in tremendous form with the bat, will need to wait a little longer for his Test debut.

Here is the team sheet

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Team India

India want to be consistent

Ahead of the Test series against Australia in December, this is the final 5-day match for India and the team management will look to address key issues.

India will be hoping that KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane get some vital runs.

Further, this match would be crucial for the bowlers as the performance in Hyderabad might decide who gets the ticket to Australia.

Windies hoping to provide a fight

WI

Windies hoping to provide a fight

West Indies suffered a big loss in Rajkot and they would hope to perform better and show India that they still have the talent to win Tests.

All focus will be on the West Indian batsmen, who looked in a hurry in the first Test and threw their wickets away.

Their approach against an in-form Indian spin attack will hold the key.

Views

Holder outlines what WI missed out in Rajkot

West Indies skipper Jason Holder will take a call later today on whether he will be able to play or not.

Holder outlined that WI missed out on the basics required in Test cricket.

"Test cricket is all about being patient, building long partnerships and sustain pressure for long time. These are the things which we couldn't do in the first Test at Rajkot."

Will the Test finish within three days?

West Indies have lost their last three Tests in India by an innings margin. Therefore there is every possibility that this Test too might finish quickly and well inside 3 days itself. WI didn't even last 2 days across both innings in Rajkot.

Match timings and conditions

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Match timings and conditions

The match is scheduled for a 9:30 AM start.

The second Test can be watched live on the Star Sports Network and will be available in both English and Hindi commentary.

The pitch will be promising for batsmen and will assist the spinners like the way we saw in Rajkot.

Temperatures are set to be high and could test the players.

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