A close low-scoring match in the first T20I saw India edge out West Indies by four wickets. It wasn’t a good advertisement for T20 cricket and fans will hope for an improvement. Sunday will be the second T20I between the sides at Lauderhill in Florida.
West Indies need to win this match to stay alive in the series. Regardless, they will hope for a better batting performance worthy of their stature in T20 cricket. India didn’t look convincing either and will hope for improvements of their own.
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Only Kieron Pollard (49 off 49 balls) looked competent for the Windies on Saturday. He didn’t get much support from the other batsmen, which was why they finished with just 95. That proved to be their downfall in the final analysis.
Another returning player Sunil Narine (2 for 14) held his own with the ball. However, the low target meant the hosts were always playing catchup. Unless they improve with the bat, a series loss looks to be in the offing.
India rode on the bowling heroics of the debutant Navdeep Saini (3 for 17) to restrict the Windies. Spinners Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja also enjoyed fruitful outings. With every bowler chipping, Kohli had little to worry.
However, batting continues to remain India’s low point. Although the pitch was sluggish, the failure to convert good starts will haunt them. India will hope that their middle-order will come good on Sunday. The likes of Manish Pandey and Krunal Pandya will be eager to show their worth and be among the runs.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Nicholas Pooran was the best batsman in view for the Windies, barring Pollard. He will, however, need to play a longer knock.
Virat Kohli looked in good touch without being solid in the first game. He will be looking to play a bigger knock on Sunday.
Krunal Pandya is one of the most exciting all-rounders, who flies under the radar. His contributions with both the bat and the ball make him an asset.
West Indies: 1 Sunil Narine 2 Evin Lewis 3 Nicolas Pooran 4 Shimron Hetmyer 5 Anthony Bramble (WK) 6 Kieron Pollard 7 Khary Pierre 8 Carlos Brathwaite (C) 9 Jason Mohammed 10 Sheldon Cottrell 11 Keemo Paul
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Manish Pandey 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Krunal Pandya 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Rahul Chahar 10 Khaleel Ahmed 11 Navdeep Saini
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