Test of batting might as India, West Indies scrap for series

Last Modified Wednesday, 11 December 2019 (12:08 IST)
Mumbai:In a series defined by big-hitting, batsmen from both sides will aim to out-muscle each other, with the series at stake in Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.
   

At long last, have another T20I win. It's their second in 11 games this year, but this series has seen a marked improvement in their performances. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were too good for them in the first game, but they pushed hard nevertheless.
 
Lendl Simmons' love affair with India continued ? he averages 41.66 against them, as opposed to 24.57 overall ? as he slammed an unbeaten 67, but it's the performances of their younger lot ? Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis and Brandon King ? that would please West Indies more.
   
India have let themselves down on the field this series. They dropped five catches in the series opener, but got away with it, thanks to another scarcely believable performance from Virat Kohli. But they didn't get lucky the second time, as they paid the price for dropping both Simmons and Lewis in the early parts of their innings.
 
Their bowling hasn't been up to the mark either. Yuzvendra Chahal still hasn't rediscovered the highs of 2018, when he formed a lethal combination with Kuldeep Yadav. Deepak Chahar has gone for 91 runs in 7.3 overs so far. Would India be tempted to replace him with Mohammed Shami? Even the usually accurate Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been off the mark. Against a team full of power-hitters, there is no more room for such lapses, as the two teams scrap it out for the series in Mumbai, an ICC report said.
 
India captain Virat Kohli said, "We had to get those 15 extra runs to defend, but look, if you field like that, then no total is big enough. Last two games we have been below par in the field. We were good with the ball, in the first four overs we created enough pressure, and then you drop two chances in a game in one over, that's going to cost you."
 
West Indies captain said, "What we can control is what's in front of us. To be able to restrict India to 170 after my expensive over, it was fantastic. The way we batted, we had discussed how to approach the game, and the boys played it well."(UNI)