West Indies Take Advantage Of Sloppy India
The West Indies should have won the first T20 but a couple of crucial mistakes helped India win that game. The Calypso Kings once again played great cricket in the second T20 and this time around it was India’s turn to make some crucial errors in the field that helped the West Indies win the second T20 by 8 wickets and with 9 balls to square.
With both teams at 1-1 in the three match series, the final T20 which takes place on December 11 in Mumbai will now be a series decider for both teams.
India Struggle When They Bat First
India have a good record in T20 cricket when they chase down totals. They end up winning over 70 percent of those games. However, they have a poor record when they bat first and have to defend a total. This was put to the test in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday night.
The West Indies got both Indian openers KL Rahul (11) and Rohit Sharma (15) out cheaply. The Indian think-tank decided to promote Shivam Dube (54) and he did well giving the innings momentum. It looked like India were going to get close to 200 as they were 140 for 4 with 4 overs remaining.
However, the West Indies took wickets regularly as they sent back Virat Kohli (19), Shreyas Iyer (10) and Ravindra Jadeja (9) to restrict India to 170.
Dropped Catches Cost India The Game
India dropped 5 catches in the first T20 game. They would have had to be on top of their fielding when defending a modest total. It wasn’t to be as they had another poor day in the field and ended up dropping three catches which cost them the game.
Washington Sundar dropped a relatively easy catch off Bhuvneshwar Kumar to let Lendl Simmons off the hook. To make things worse, in the same over, Rishabh Pant went on to drop Evin Lewis. The third catch was dropped in the 17th over by Shreyas Iyer and by that time the West Indies were in full control.
Simmons took advantage of the dropped catch and made India pay. He remained unbeaten on 67 and went on to win the man of the match award. The Indian bowlers struggled to trouble any of the West Indies batsmen as the dew factor made it difficult for the spinners to get any turn and the damp outfield made the ball soft for the pacers to get a decent amount of swing.
West Indies Will Take Confidence From This Win
With Kieron Pollard leading this West Indian team, they look a lot more confident. The win in the second T20 will only add to that confidence. They have loads of big hitters and bat very deep. The Indian bowling is going to be under pressure from the get-go.
The West Indies have also outdone India in the field in both games. They have fielded aggressively and have not dropped as many catches as India. Their main concern, however, will be their bowling. They tend to concede far too many extras which could hurt their chances of winning the decider.
A series win for the West Indies will be a great way for them to finish 2019. They are unlikely to make any changes going into the third T20. This team with the addition of Nicholas Pooran looks a lot more dangerous!