The Indian captain Virat Kohli believes that no total will be good enough if his team continues to field poorly. The Virat Kohli-led side was once again miserable in the field. India’s rookie player Washington Sundar once again fluffed an easy catch and the ground fielding was also not up to the mark. Rishabh Pant also could not hang on to a difficult catch after his elbow hit the ground and thus the ball popped out.
In fact, it was a similar story in the first T20I at Hyderabad. The team is not fielding up to the mark and there is no doubt that the team needs to pull up its socks. Kohli added that the team needs to be braver in the field.
India need to pull up the socks.
Fielding plays a key role especially in the T20I format where even a single run saved can turn to be the difference between loss and win. However, the Indian team has been poor in both the matches.
Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation, “Could say that (Stats showing batting first a problem). Numbers say a lot of things and a lot of things that aren’t there as well. You expect to get 40-45 in the last four overs, not 30. Shivam’s knock propelled us. If you will field like that, no total is good enough. With the ball, we were good, the first four overs. But if you drop chances, it’s going to cost you. Fielding is something – we need to be braver. We knew the pitch is going to help spinners, so we thought why not Shivam go up and attack the spinner. That was the plan, it worked very well. It was one of those catches that just stuck. Committed to the ball, stretched both hands – the last match I went with just one hand”.
West Indies batsmen were too good.
Furthermore, the Indian team could only manage 73 runs in the last ten overs, which turned out to be the major cause of their loss. The West Indies batsmen oozed pure hitting and showed no mercy for the Indian bowlers.
The visitors’ opener Lendl Simmons scored a fine knock of 45-ball 67 with the help of four fours and as many sixes to help his team chase down the target with nine balls to spare.
Simmons also got support from his opening partner, Evin Lewis who scored a fine knock of 40 runs from 35 balls. The left-hander once again looked good and gave a good foundation to the West Indies’ innings. Shimron Hetmyer scored 23 runs whereas Nicholas Pooran added the finishing touches with 18-ball 38 with the help of four fours and two sixes.