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.
India pulled off their highest successful run-chase in the first T20 International in Hyderabad and have their eyes set on securing the three-match T20 International by winning the second T20I, to be played in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. West Indies' display in Hyderabad summed up the above. A line-up packed with gifted power-hitters hitters and, posted a big total, but their bowlers lost control of the game in dewy conditions, and India won with ease. Indian blowers could not stop the West Indies from reaching a total 0f 207/5. However, captain Virat Kohli led by example and scored an unbeaten knock of 94 runs to help India chase down a tough target with eight balls to spare. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the most successful bowler with two wickets and conceded 36 runs in four overs. Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, and Washington Sundar claimed a wicket each in the West Indies innings. Visiting captain Kieron Pollard heaped praise on his batsmen but asked for more "discipline" from his bowlers to level the series.
With a strong batting performance, India made light work of their highest T20I run chase but the hosts produced an under-par performance in the bowling and fielding departments. Indian bowlers found themselves at the receiving end of some power-hitting by Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer and captain Kieron Pollard. India still pulled off their highest successful run chase in a T20 International as they chased down a challenging 207 for 5 with 8 balls to spare. The Windies, on the other hand, will be desperate to bounce back and keep the series alive but for that, they will have to find a way to stop the Indian batsmen, led by Kohli. Visiting captain Kieron Pollard heaped praise on his batsmen but asked for more "discipline" from his bowlers to level the series. "I think we batted pretty well. We scored above 200 runs which more often than not you take that. But discipline in bowling and execution let us down tonight," Pollard said at the post-match press conference on Friday.
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