The West Indies will no doubt be disappointed at losing the T20 series to India but they will be aghast at the way they performed during the second T20 in Lucknow. It’s a known fact that the West Indies play their best cricket in the T20 format but they were blown apart in all departments of the game by a strong Indian team.
One Side Match In Lucknow
The West Indies won the toss in Lucknow and decided to put India into bat because they were unsure of the conditions and preferred chasing. The Indian openers were cautious at the start but soon both Dhawan (43) and captain R Sharma found their flow. They put on a century partnership and Sharma carried his bat through to remain unbeaten on 111.
It was the Rohit Sharma show in Lucknow as he delighted fans with some fabulous hitting on a ground that was really big. Sharma hit 8 fours and 7 sixes and finished with a strike rate of 181 to take India to a commanding total of 195. He finished with yet another man of the match award and now also heads the list of the most number (3) of centuries in T20 internationals.
The West Indies have some dangerous batsmen so the total was not out of their reach but the Indian bowling attack made things difficult right away. The pacers and spinners found their line and length quickly and did not allow the West Indies to form any partnerships. They restricted the West Indies to 124 to give India a win by a margin of 71 runs and in doing so yet another T20 series victory at home.
West Indies Playing For Pride
The West Indies lost the test series, lost the ODI series and now the T20 series. They have one more match left on this tour and that will take place on November 11 in Chennai. The West Indies have nothing to lose and some of the younger players will want to finish the tour with a strong performance as it will do well for both their international careers and also shine the spotlight on them for the 2019 IPL.
In a statement, captain Brathwaite said “We’ve got a young group of guys and we want to appreciate the small good things they did. We did not come with an out-and-out opener and we are still looking for the opener. We have to work with the players on tour and we are trying until the theory works out.”