The first match of the T20 series went just as expected as India crossed the finish line comfortably. The Indian bowling unit knocked over the West Indies batsmen for just a mere 95 runs in 20 overs.
The Indian batsmen stumbled in the beginning as they lost 4 wickets in quick succession. However, Kohli and crew saw through the match with ease in the 17th over.
The second T20 will take place today in the very same ground. Yesterday’s game went quite on the contrary as it was expected to be a high scoring game as the boundaries are smaller than the grounds, across the globe.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Manish Pandey, Rishab Pant (WK), Krunal Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar.
West Indies: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (C), Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, Khary Pierre, Oshane Thomas.
Shimron Hetmyer vs Bhuvneshwar kumar
The Under-19 world Cup winning skipper has successfully secured his place in the senior national side, as of present. The left-hand batsman is known for his explosive batting style, similar to his fellow Carribean players.
Hetmyer, first made news for his performance with the Guyana Amazon Warriors, in the Carribean Premier League. The young lad’s potential was quickly picked by the teams in Indian Premier League and he finally landed a contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, in the last season.
Hetmyer has scored 639 runs in 29 T20 games, in all the franchise based cricket he has played so far. The young talent is sought out for his power hitting skills and will be expected to deliver in tomorrow’s game.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is probably one of the most respected T20 bowlers at present. The right-arm medium fast bowler is known for his impeccable line and length in the death over and his ability to swing the new ball in the starting initial overs of the game.
Bhuvi has a brilliant economy which goes just over 6. With 36 wickets in 37 T20I matches, Bhuvi has always been the reliable bowling option for India.
Kumar has also won the Purple Cap in IPL for two consecutive years (2016,2017) and has an ever impressive record in the cash rich league. Kumar has played a total of 117 matches in IPL where he has picked 133 wickets, with an economy of just over 7.
Sunil Narine vs Rishab Pant
The former No.1 T20 bowler has finally got a call back to play for his national side. Narine was a bowler that was dreaded by all teams, when it comes to T20.
The mystery spinner manages to out fox the batsmen with his unconventional bowling and variations. The Trinidad born has been playing T20 cricket across the globe, for many years now.
The right-arm bowler plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. Overall, Narine has played 110 IPL matches where he has picked 122 wickets with a brilliant economy of 6.67. When it comes to T20I, Sunil has played 48 matches and has 50 wickets to his name.
Pant is a name that’s been going around for quite sometime. This is another youngster that first made headlines for his performance in the Under-19 World Cup.
The aggressive left-hand batsman is known for his fearless approach and clean hitting shots. The youngster from Delhi made a name after he showcased a one man performance, consistently, for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.
He has scored 1736 runs in 54 matches, which includes 11 50+ scores and one century. He has a mighty strike rate of 162, which shows what kind of a destructive batsman he is.
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As it was seen in yesterday’s game, the pitch favoured the fast bowlers and we can expect a much alike condition today as well. However, as the pitch is slightly used up, we can expect the spinners to get grip and turn today.Given that India bats first, we can expect the Indian fire power going all out and going for big shots.
The result can be expected to be similar to that of yesterday. It might be a close game, but the Indian side will sweep this game too as they are now finding the right combinations that goes well for the team.
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