2nd T20I: Buoyant India look to continue winning run against West Indies | Cricket News

BASSETERRE: Rohit Sharma’s dynamic India will be looking to continue their winning run and extend their dominance over the West Indies when they face off in the second T20 International here on Monday.
The visitors are coming off a comprehensive victory in the opener of the five-game series.
What separated the two teams in the first game was not only its overall performance, but also the clever leadership of Rohit who fielded his three spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi.
Another win would only boost India’s confidence as they look to build momentum ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year.
If it was Rishabh Pants who released an opener in the T20I against England with Rohit, the first game against West Indies saw Suryakumar Yadav fill that role.
Suryakumar, who turned out to be the seventh opener for India in T20I this year, got going fast (24 from 16 balls) until Akeal Hosein blocked his progress.
It will be interesting to see if the team’s management continues to experiment given that KL Rahul is unavailable at the moment.
Emergence of Arshdeep
Over the years, the Indian team hasn’t had a quality left arm pacer, but that could change with the emergence of promising Arshdeep Singh, who left a mark in the opener with his tight spell.
The 23-year-old pacemaker from Punjab showed promise throughout his four-man run, especially the way he fired flyhalf Kyle Myers with a premeditated short ball.
At the end of the match, Arshdeep performed brilliantly, knocking out the versatile Akeal Hosein with a perfect yorker.
The designated finisher
After Rohit’s departure following a 64-for-44 delivery captaincy, things had started to slow down for India.
While the visitors were on course to finish at around 170, veteran Dinesh Karthik had other ideas, helping the team set a target of over 190.
The 37-year-old again played as a finisher (41 on 19 balls) to help the team amass 36 carries over the final two overs.
Considering Karthik’s prowess, he’d love his chances for an encore.
“Those are the little boxes we need to have at this stage of the game, but the ultimate goal is to do well at the T20 World Cup in Australia,” Karthik told teammate Ashwin after the opener.
Ashwin, Bishnoi weave a web
Ashwin and young leg player Ravi Bishnoi both made significant contributions in the opener.
Ashwin (2/22 from 4 overs), who was brought back to the T20 team after a while, showed he still has a lot to offer in the shorter format.
The 21-year-old Bishnoi (2/26 from 4 overs) has also shown he’s here to perform on the big stage.
It remains to be seen if the management of the team continues with the trio of Jadeja, Ashwin and Bishnoi, or brings in Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav.
Teams (from):
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas IyerDeepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Parel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Harshal Patel
West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (captain), Rovman Powell, Shamarh Brooks, Dominic Drakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh

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