India put into bat by Windies in 2nd T20I

File photo of Rohit Sharma. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India Nov 06, 2018, 06.44 PM (IST)

West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl against India in the second T20I at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.

Windies' T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite and Co. had lost the first T20I by five wickets, after putting an easy target of 110 runs for the Rohit Sharma-led side. 

Speaking about their strategy for today, Brathwaite said, " This is a new stadium, first international game and we want to chase. Dew factor is also one of the reasons but it's more about the pitch. "

"We have one change in the team. Nicholas Pooran is in the team in place of Powell. He is a good player of spin and he is a left-hander so that will add balance to our team," he added.

Rohit Sharma is leading the side after skipper Virat Kohli was given rest for the series.  
 
Eyeing another series win, Rohit said, "First men's international match happening at this ground. There is grass on the pitch so I am guessing pitch will hold up. But I am not sure about the outfield as there is lot of dew expected around 7.30. As a group, we are determined to play good cricket and that's what is required."

"We have Bhuvi back in our team, in place of Umesh. Of course, it was not easy but Bhuvi has been our leading bowlers and he is very experienced too. He bowls well with the new ball and he is excellent in the death overs too."

"It is good to have Bhuvi back but it is unfortunate for Umesh to miss out only after 1 match, but team composition is very important," he concluded.

 As of now, India lead the three-match series 1-0.