The two match T20 series between India and the West Indies in America was carried out to promote cricket in the United States and the venture had mixed success. The first T20 in Lauderhill proved to be a great success with a packed stadium and the match doing down to the final ball.
The West Indies who are current T20 World Champions won the first match narrowly after Indian captain MS Dhoni got out trying to get the two runs that India needed to win of the final ball. India needed to win the second T20 to even the series but in the end a technical delay and poor weather conditions caused the match to be abandoned.
The Windies managed to complete their innings and scored just 143 after the Indian spinners ran through the hard hitting West Indian batting line-up. A Mishra who was brought in for S Binny had good success sending down his four overs for just 24 runs and picking up three wickets in the process. The Indians managed to face just 2 overs before the umpires took them off the field and in the end decided to abandon the match. Although the match was abandoned, MS Dhoni had good things to say about the venue and was open to playing in the States again.
In a statement, Dhoni said “This is one place where we can come back and play cricket. A triangular or four-nation series. A tournament like that can give us more time to spend in the US. Yes, it will be a cramped schedule, but modern-day cricketers won’t mind it. This is one place where spectators will come. The timing suits us. So it’s a win-win situation. So it’s a good venue to continue cricket.”
The Indian team will now return after a very successful test tour and a number of players will look to participate in the on-going Duleep Trophy final. India has a long test season ahead which commences with the New Zealand series. The first test match will start on 22nd September in Kanpur and the Indian top order will want to get as much practice as they can under their belts before the Kiwis arrive.
Indian coach Anil Kumble will be happy with his first series victory and will be looking to start the home season on a strong note, forgetting the one-off T20 loss to the Windies.