India still seemed to have a 9-5 conundrum, and a weak West Indies outfit should have been the best opportunity for them to get some clarity on it. The 3-1 series win was dominated more or less by the same players.
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite has been fined for maintaining slow over-rate during the hosts’ comprehensive nine-wicket win over India in the one-off T20I at Sabina Park on Sunday.
West Indies aggressive batsman Chris Gayle shares a great bond with the Indian players. Having been a part of the Indian Premier League, Gayle has developed a great friendship with Indian cricketers and the left-hander gave another instance of this when he hosted a team dinner for Indian side.
MS Dhoni has already received a lot of flak for his slow performances with the bat. His poor performances on the field will only add to his worries.
India’s abysmal efforts in the second innings began in the sixth over when Evin Lewis was dropped by Mohammad Shami.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli was highly critical of the performance and said that the Indian players did not grab the chances which led to the loss.
Coming at the crucial position of number four Karthik kept the run rate going. He also brought about a new feature in his batting as he kept moving outside the off stump and picked the gaps.
Evin Lewis made a mockery of the chase and hit a blistering 125 not out to take his side to a win. In his innings of 125 Lewis hit a dozen maximums and hit six boundaries.
Evin Lewis played stunning innings of 125 runs for West Indies in the only T20I against India at Kingston to guide his team to a nine-wicket win with nine balls remaining by chasing down 191 runs in 18.3 overs.
Evin Lewis scored his second century in the shortest format of the game, both against India, as he scored an unbeaten 125 to guide West Indies to a nine-wicket win over India in the only T20I at Kingston.
It may be recalled that Rishabh Pant comes on the back of a good run of form in the IPL where he played for the Delhi Darevils. He also made his debut recently in the beginning of the year.
On a windy day in Kingston, India could not capitalise on a good platform laid by Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and managed only 190 runs from 20 overs for the loss of six wickets. The opening pair of Kohli and Dhawan shared 64-run stand in just 5.3 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav was included in India’s playing XI for the only T20 international against West Indies at Kingston after he featured in the India-West Indies five-match ODI series in which he picked up eight wickets to help India win 3-1.
West Indies ended the tour against India with a win after they won the only T20 international with by nine wickets, thanks to a magnificent century from Evin Lewis who helped the Windies chase down a total of 190 with nine balls remaining.
Ajinkya Rahane said, “This series will give me a lot of confidence especially for the ODI and shorter format. If the team management thinks I should bat at No.4 or at No.1 and 2 then I will always be giving my 100 percent on that.”