India’s Spinners Stun Windies

With Ravi Bishnoi career best Twenty20 International figures of 4-16, India whopped West Indies, winning by 88 runs in Fort Lauderhill to take the series 4-1.

Shreyas Iyer top scored with 64 off 40 balls, and Deepak Hooda made 38 as India posted 188-7 in the final match of the series in Florida on Sunday, 

The Windies had no answer to the spin of the Indians as they were left licking their wounds, being bowled out for 100 in reply, with all 10 wickets falling to spinners for the first time in a T20I.

Bishnoi took 4-16, while Axar Patel (3-15) and Kuldeep Yadav (3-12) also capitalized on West Indies’ batting weaknesses.

Windies rising star Shimron Hetmyer (56) was the only batter to prove his skills against the rampant Indian spinners.

The captains’ takeaways from the game:

India’s Captain Hardik Pandya: “Very special to get a chance to lead your country. And getting that chance and getting that victory means a lot to me as captain and an individual. I was just following our captain’s roles. (Do you see yourself as permanent captain?) Yeah, why not? If I get an opportunity, I’ll be more than happy to do that. We have a World Cup and Asia Cup now though, so we need to focus on that and use our skillsets there. (What makes India consistent?) The kind of talent the players have and the freedom we have. This is the new India how they are playing. They are expressing themselves well, and when you have freedom, you get more dangerous. Credit to management and whole group to make that environment. They are not worried about whether they won’t get picked or whether they will get dropped. (Ten wickets falling to spinners) I wanted to make sure I gave Axar the new ball and wanted him to get the confidence back and bowl dots. I knew the kind of bowler he is, when he bowls tight, he creates chances. Then the wrist spinners have some weapons that can trouble batters. I just hand to hand over the ball and told them to enjoy.

The West Indies Captain Nicholas Pooran:

“We weren’t good enough. India came out aggressive, but as batters we didn’t learn. As bowlers we are getting better, but we need to learn faster. It is a game of skills vs skills and today we weren’t good. We didn’t put partnerships together, except for Hetmyer. When you come against one of the top teams in the world then execution is important. We didn’t come up trumps. As a batting and bowling team we have a lot to do. There’s a lot of cricket to be played, lot of experience to be gained. Hope we learn as a team with these losses. We just won a series, we lost another series here, but we are building towards a World Cup and when we reach there, we are ready to compete. (Holder opening the batting) King and Mayers weren’t playing today. We gave him an opportunity today. We know how well he bats. (Invest in spin more?) In hindsight we could’ve played two spinners, something for us to think about. Both Hayden and Akeal are bowling well.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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