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.
After winning the T20I series 2-1, India will have their tails up when they play West Indies in the first One-day International of the three-match rubber here on Sunday. India have not played ODIs for a while. The home team will miss the services of seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is out with a groin problem and Shikhar Dhawan, who is yet to recover from the injury he suffered during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament. Virat Kohli's men have the momentum after winning the T20 series with a splendid batting performance in Mumbai where Rohit Sharma and K L Rahul, who is expected to continue as the opener in the absence of Dhawan, and the captain himself displayed terrific form. West Indies have the benefit of having played a good amount of white-ball cricket on tour, even before the T20I series. They whitewashed Afghanistan 3-0 in the ODI series in Lucknow to begin Kieron Pollard's captaincy era on a promising note.
Roston Chase's presence in the ODI team gives West Indies more balance, according to skipper Kieron Pollard. Chase, who is a key member in the Test team, has been recently integrated into the ODI XI as well post the World Cup. Considering Chase's prowess with the bat, West Indies can now afford to play an extra batsman if needed, stressed Pollard ahead of the first ODI against India in Chennai. "I think he brings balance to the whole team," Pollard said. "In the team, I see myself as an allrounder now," Chase said. "I really see myself as someone who could be the No. 1 allrounder in the world someday, so I try to work hard on both aspects of my game. I'm learning a bit more about my bowling as my career goes on. I'm very happy with where it's at right now, but I want to keep improving so that I can give my team the best chance of winning more games and series."
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