India vs West Indies 2nd T20I Highlights – 6th Aug 2023

India vs West Indies 2nd T20I Highlights 2023, Sunday 6-8-2023. India tour of West Indies 2023, Providence Stadium, Guyana.

Hardik Pandya: “We didn’t do much wrong. Just a couple of errors that happen, it is okay. When you are chase 10-12 per over, we need to have wickets in hand. As a group that is the learning.” Forced change. Kuldeep got hit in the nets yesterday and Ravi Bishnoi comes in.
Rovman Powell: “The wicket should get better as the day goes on. We didn’t lose wickets in clusters, which was good to see. We are a boundary-hitting team but know how important the singles and doubles are.” West Indies are unchanged.

Toss: India opt to bat.

India team: Ishan †, Gill, Suryakumar, Tilak, Hardik (c), Sanju, Axar, Arshdeep, Chahal, Mukesh, Bishnoi
West Indies team: King, Mayers, Charles, Pooran †, Powell (c), Hetmyer, Shepherd, Holder, Akeal, Joseph, McCoy

Head to Head In T20I’s: 25
India Won: 17
West Indies Won: 8
India T20I Rankings: 1st
West Indies T20I Rankings: 7th

Form guide
(last five completed T20I’s, most recent first)
West Indies WWLWL

Match Timings: 2:30 PM GMT | 10:30 AM Local
Umpires – Leslie Reifer, Nigel Duguid
TV Umpire – Gregory Brathwaite
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Patrick Gustard
Match number – T20I no. 2191

Hardik Pandya:

“That was not a pleasing batting performance by us. The wickets were falling and the track was on the slower side. We were not good enough to get to 160+. The way Pooran has been batting makes it difficult to rotate spinners. Doesn’t matter if someone takes the ball away or into him. The way he batted from two for two, it was incredible. [On Bishnoi at No. 8] It is what it is.

The current combination that we have means we have to play with seven batters. Bowlers win you games. We have to figure out how we get batting strength from No. 8, 9, 10. Batters need to take more responsibility. [Tilak Varma] The way he has been batting, that is something we are looking at. A left-hander at No.4 gives us a right-left combination throughout. The youngsters are coming with confidence and fearlessness.”

Rovman Powell:

“It’s a very good position to be in. Hopefully we can keep winning. We always knew it was going to come down to how we batted against spin. Shows cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties. I realised that whenever batters go at the bowlers, they don’t go at the first over. So i tried to eliminate that and gave my bowlers one-over spells, especially fast bowlers because it is very hot.

[On Pooran and Hetmyer] Wristspinners it is hard to bat as a right-handers. Left-handers can take that to limit the advantage the Chahals, Kuldeeps and Bishnois. [Shepherd] He has been very good, shows when you instil confidence in players what you get. Not just in him but all the players.”

Nicholas Pooran, Player of the Match:

“Satisfied that I performed. The beauty of the game is it is never over till it’s over. Being consistent is something I am wanting to do. I won’t say it is a purple patch. I have been working hard in the last couple of years, but we have been losing. Now I look at the game differently and want to continue to entertain.

[Mindset at 2 for 2 and 17 for 3] The score didn’t matter to me as long as I was batting. It was about being smart and controlling the game. I felt like it was a decent wicket and we are accustomed to get such wickets here. The bowlers are going to give you half-volleys, full tosses.”

Pitch and weather: Two of the last five T20Is at Providence Stadium in Guyana have been washed out. The scores batting first in the three completed games were 146, 157 and 163, with the chasing team winning twice. Going by that trend, prepare for more middling scores and more rain.

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