St. Kitts and Nevis. Team India had registered an impressive victory in the first T20 of the 5-match series. The Indian team led by Rohit Sharma will look to maintain their dominance over the West Indies in the second match on Monday. In view of the T20 World Cup to be played this year, the Indian team will not take any match of this format lightly. In the opening T20 match against West Indies, there was a big difference between the two countries in every department of the game. Earlier, the team had also made a clean sweep of 3-0 in the ODI series.
Rohit Sharma showed clever captaincy in the first T20 by including 3 spinners like Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi in the playing-11. Along with this, he surprised everyone by opening the innings with Suryakumar Yadav. In this format against England, Rohit started the innings with wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant. In such a situation, Suryakumar became India’s 7th opener in T20 International this year. He scored 24 runs in 16 balls while batting aggressively. KL Rahul In the absence of Rahul, it will be interesting to see whether the team management will continue to experiment with the opening batting.
The Indian team had been missing a better left-arm fast bowler for a long time, but Arshdeep Singh impressed with his excellent bowling in the opening T20. This 23-year-old Punjab bowler did not slow down anywhere in his 4-over spell. He made opener Kyle Meyers walk with excellent use of the short ball in the opening overs, while Akil Hossain had no answer for his accurate yorker in the last overs.
The middle order could not do wonders
In the last match, Rohit Sharma laid the foundation for a big score by playing an innings of 64 off 44 balls, but the Indian middle order faltered. However, in the last over, Dinesh Karthik’s bold innings (41 not out off 19 balls) took the team’s score to 190 runs. In this match, the middle-order batsmen will have to focus on converting their starts into big innings. The West Indies batsmen had no answer for Ashwin and Bishnoi’s spin.
Spinners leave their mark
Ashwin took 2 wickets for 22 runs in 4 overs and showed that he can still give a lot to the team in T20. At the same time, 21-year-old Bishnoi (2 for 26 runs in four overs) also proved that he is ready for the big stage. It remains to be seen whether the team management will retain the trio of Jadeja, Ashwin and Bishnoi or return of Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav.
Both teams are as follows
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi , Axar Patel and Arshdeep Singh.
West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (Captain), Shemrah Brooks, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Kesey Carty, Kyle Meyers, Jason Holder, Gudakesh Moti, Keemo Paul, Shai Hope, Akil Hossain, Alzarri Joseph, Jaden Seals.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 31, 2022, 16:44 IST