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.
Iyer (70 off 88) and Pant (71 off 69) shared a 114-run stand for the fourth wicket
Contrasting hundreds from Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope helped West Indies off to a winning start in the three-match ODI series against India with an eight-wicket victory. While bowling first West Indies took two wickets of Lokesh Rahul and Virat Kohli scored 6 and 4 respectively. But, India rode on half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant to post 287 for 8, a competitive total on a sluggish pitch. However, Hetmyer (139 off 106) and Hope (102* off 151) shared a 218-run stand for the second wicket to make light work of the contest as West Indies won with 13 balls to spare. Hetmyer reached his half-century off 50 balls, even as Hope continued to take his time. Hetmyer accelerated after his half-century, taking on every bowler, without slogging wildly. India had a chance when Hetmyer mistimed Chahar to long on at 106 but Shreyas Iyer dropped a sitter. By the time Iyer redeemed himself, West Indies had got closer to victory.
Earlier, Iyer (70 off 88) and Pant (71 off 69) revived India after they lost three early wickets. The duo shared a 114-run stand for the fourth wicket. It was Iyer's third consecutive ODI half-century. Iyer showed class cutting the spinners Chase and Hayden Walsh. Pant assessed the pitch well and curbed his natural instincts initially. Each of India's top three was undone by the lack of pace on the pitch. Sheldon Cottrell got two in an over as Rahul got a leading edge to mid-wicket and Kohli inside-edged a slower ball. Rohit Sharma (36 off 56) got a start but could not convert it into a big knock as he pulled Alzarri Joseph straight to mid-wicket. Ravindra Jadeja (21 off 21) and Kedar Jadhav (40 off 35) shared a crucial 59-run stand for the sixth wicket to push India past 280. Cottrell (2/46 from 10 overs including 3 maidens), Keemo Paul (2/41) and Alzarri Joseph (2/45) were among the wickets for the visiting team.
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