Expecting a side to defend a total in a T20I against a lethal batting lineup is definitely a tough ask. That tough ask becomes an impossible one when the defending team uses its primary Test bowlers for the T20I. This was the precise blunder committed by Virat Kohli’s team India, as going into the one-off game without any T20I specialist colossally hurt the team’s cause and ultimately resulted in a thrashing.
On a belter of a wicket, the team was restricted to 190, which on other days seems quite fine, but considering the start, it was surely below par. Rishab Pant, playing his first game of the tour, struggled in the middle to a great extent and India didn’t have an ideal finish.
However, the hosts came in with a different plan altogether, as Ewin Lewis, the very guy who tormented the team barely 12 months ago in the neighbouring Florida, was at it again, as he made a mockery of the target. Thanks to his unbeaten 125, West Indies got home with nine balls to spare.
Mentioning that the team was at least 30 runs short, skipper Virat Kohli said,
“I thought even in the first innings we could have 20-30 runs extra. We were on course to get 220 but we did not grab our chances and when you don’t, you do not deserve to win. We couldn’t really carry on. Dinesh was really good in the middle overs but no one got an 80 odd. We also couldn’t take our catches which did not help.”
“We need to be patient we these guys. West Indies has a fixed squad, a settled squad and we are still at an experimental stage. We need to give our guys a few chances. The whole tour was good,” said an optimistic Kohli.
Speaking at large about the tour as a whole, he said,
“We did well in the ODIs and one match here doesn’t make a series in my opinion though. We always enjoy coming here, we won the Test series as well the last time and we go home very happy,” he added.