Port of Spain, Trinidad – The cricketing world is abuzz with excitement as India and West Indies prepare to lock horns in the historic 100th Test match between the two cricketing powerhouses. The second Test is set to take place at the iconic Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, from July 20 to July 24, with the action starting at 10:00 AM local time.
With a convincing victory, India launched the next World Test Championship cycle (#WTC25). Ashwin, the top off-spinner in India, ruled the roost on a surface that encouraged spin, taking 12 wickets in the contest (5/60 and 7/71). Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was making his batting debut, shone with a Daddy Hundred, earning Player of the Match honors. While Kohli struck a subdued fifty, Rohit Sharma, the captain, also achieved a century. The visitors won the Dominica Test in three days despite scoring at 2.76 RPO and barely making a mistake. Action now switches to Trinidad and Tobago, as India makes a strong opening-round showing once more.
The second Test between India and the West Indies, which will be played at Port of Spain on Thursday, will mark the 100th match between the two teams. The cricket rivalry between India and the West Indies spans two decades. One was when India was the underdog and WI was a powerful force in cricket. And the other saw WI lose the fame and glory they had in the 1970s and 1980s while India became a cricketing superpower. They have played 99 Tests altogether, the first of which was last week in Dominica. India has won 23 of these Test matches, whereas WI has won 30.
Cricket fans and pundits are eagerly anticipating this milestone clash, as it marks a significant moment in the rich cricketing history between India and West Indies. The two teams have shared a storied rivalry on the cricket pitch over the years, and the 100th Test adds an extra layer of sentiment and nostalgia to the encounter.
What to expect: This ground has favored the pacers more recently compared to the first Test in Dominica, where spin played a significant role in the game’s outcome. Since rain is predicted during the game, both teams’ lineup decisions may be influenced by it.