After a commanding victory for India in the first Test, West Indies and India are set to lock horns again in the 2nd Test at the historic Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The series is off to an intriguing start, making this match a critical one for West Indies to bounce back and India to assert their dominance.

West Indies lost the first Test by an innings and 141 runs.They will look to regroup and come back stronger in the second match. Their batting unit led by Kraigg Brathwaite, Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Jermaine Blackwood will look to put up a strong show against India's formidable bowling attack.

In the bowling department, West Indies will rely on the pace and skill of Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph. Jason Holder's all-round abilities will be essential for the team's balance, and Rahkeem Cornwall’s spin could play a significant role in breaking partnerships consistently. Kevin Sinclair has been added to the squad for the second Test.

Team India showcased their batting fortitude and bowling prowess, which will serve as a morale boost going into the second Test. Yashasvi Jaiswal's brilliant century and crucial contributions from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were vital in setting up India's win. Shubman Gill will look to make the most of this opportunity to solidify the one down spot in the batting lineup.

Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja proved to be a handful for the West Indies batters in the previous match and are expected to be equally effective in the second Test. The pitch does offer some purchase for the fast bowlers as well which will be good news for Mohammed Siraj.

Queen's Park Oval is known for providing a fair contest between bat and ball. The pitch is usually firm, providing good bounce and carry, allowing the pacers to be effective. As the match progresses, the spinners may find some assistance on the final days. The weather in Trinidad and Tobago is likely to be hot and humid, testing the players' fitness and endurance.

Date: 20-25th July, 2023

Venue: Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago