Author – Kartik Jaiswal
With a disappointing performance in the second T20I by India’s bowling and fielding department, West Indies won the match comfortably, which took place in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. With this win, West Indies have now equalized the three-match T20I series, with the final encounter which will take place in Mumbai.
After losing toss, India were forced to bat and managed to put a score of 170 for the loss of seven wickets. Shivam Dube played a fine knock and scored his maiden T20I half-century. Rishabh Pant also scored a quick 33 to help India get past the 150 mark.
India’s bowling kick-started by Deepak Chahar, who was impressive in the first T20i. In the fourth over of the game, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowled a beautiful knuckleball and West Indian opener, Lendl Simmons, mistimed it awfully but remained on the pitch due to a dropped catch by Washington Sundar.
Just two balls later, Rishabh Pant diving to his left, dropped the catch of Evin Lewis, the other opener, courtesy of another knuckle delivery by Kumar who could’ve got two wickets in the same over. This surely would have been the turning point of the game as Simmons went on to score 67 runs off 45 balls.
With the third and final T20I coming up, India needs to strengthen their fielding performance as acknowledged by the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, who called the day’s fielding performance as below-par.
Also, West Indies scored 207 runs in the first T20I, which shows that the Indian bowling attack needs to improve too. Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar and Yuzvendra Chahal are all very good bowlers and all of them know their potential very well. So India would look to perform strongly with the ball.
The batting department needs improvement too as all responsibility of scoring runs is on the Indian skipper and the Vice-captain, Rohit Sharma, who has had a very silent performance with the bat so far.
The Indian team, being at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai, would like to win the toss and put the Windies to bat because chasing is the strong point of the home side, taking into consideration the due and the other factors.
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