PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
The three-match T20I series between India and West Indies is perfectly poised at 1-1 heading into the decider at Mumbai on Wednesday, December 11. India won the first match, chasing 208 in Hyderabad. West Indies chased 171 at the second match and leveled the series. India has issues of their own to deal with. They need to tighten their catching and fielding, particularly under lights. India’s fielding was way below par. The dropped catches and several misfields prompted Kohli to say if the performance does not improve, no score would be enough. India’s top-order batsmen are among runs but at the lower-middle order, India needs a variety of six hitters. Bowling is a slight concern for India, all the bowlers went expensive and were unable to take wickets at crucial times. After leveling the series West Indies, on the other hand, have the confidence to win the series. Their two CPL stars batsman Brandon King and leg spinner Hayden Walsh Jr. have gelled in nicely while Lendl Simmons has proved that he still has hitting ability. While seamers Kesrick Williams and Sheldon Cottrell have impressed with their variations in pace and length.
More than three years after knocking India out at the Wankhede Stadium, West Indies are back at the venue. West Indies' power-hitting that could be their biggest strength on what's likely to be a familiar, flat Wankhede track. Let's not even bring up the short boundaries. The likes of Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, and Simmons kept clearing the longer boundaries in Thiruvananthapuram. So it will be easier for them to clear Mumbai’s boundaries. West Indies had their training before the series started also Simmons, Evin Lewis and Pollard have a fair idea about Wankhede Stadium. "Pollard has played a lot at this venue, the others have not played that much. I think the experience which they have got from here is invaluable and especially the captain (Pollard), as he has been here for 10 years. He knows things inside out and that will definitely help our bowlers mainly, there are a few young (guys) in this format. It will definitely help,” said Simmons about Pollard's captaincy.
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