India look to clinch the T20I series with another win over a lacklustre Windies
India won’t be looking to tinker with their winning combination, but they might wanna give an opportunity to Chahar brothers who were warming the bench on Saturday.
Fireworks were expected when West Indies took on India in the T20I series opener at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida. Instead, an all-explosive Windies line-up faltered on a sticky wicket—a low-scoring total that wasn’t a cakewalk for Indian batsmen to achieve.
The Virat Kohli-led men defeated the West Indies (sans Andre Russell) by four wickets to take a 1-0 lead as Indian bowlers came all gun blazing to restrict their opposition at a paltry 95.
Debutant right-arm pacer Navdeep Saini was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he claimed three wickets conceding just 17 runs. He bowled a maiden last over and dismissed a threatening Keiron Pollard. But his first over was even better: he came back strong after being hit for a six and picked two wickets on the trot.
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The 26-year-old pacer will aim to replicate the show on Sunday and cement his place in the side as India will aim to clinch the three-match T20I rubber series.
Mind you, the match will be played on the same pitch! Therefore, expect the bowlers to dominate on a tricky pitch.
On Saturday, it was an-round performance by Indian bowlers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked two wickets in India's win while Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja also grabbed a wicket each.
India would want their bowlers to replicate the same form. Meanwhile, West Indies batsmen need to assess their shot selection, and apply themselves well on a low-scoring pitch.
India won’t be looking to tinker with their winning combination but they might wanna give an opportunity to Chahar brothers who were warming the bench on Saturday. Meanwhile, West Indies could include an extra spinner in Rovman Powell as the wicket might again be on the slower side.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
West Indies: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble, Andre Russell, Khary Pierre.