It’s a do-or-die match today for India to keep the series alive in Guyana against West Indies.
India faced a humiliating defeat in the first two matches of five match T20 series. It’s a must-win game for India to make a comeback in a series. West Indies have a high chance to win the series and break the curse as they haven’t won a T20 series from India since 2016.
Guyana has a reputation for making slow and sluggish pitches for matches, therefore it is expected to be a low-scoring match. We might not see bowlers getting hit all over the park. Once again it will be West Indies batters against Indian spinners. The result of the match will be decided by how patiently batters will play spin.
India vs West Indies: Series Highlight
India has lost both the matches in ongoing series giving Windies the lead in the five-match series. India couldn’t chase the target of 150 in the first match whereas in the second match, they couldn’t defend the target of 153. The Indian team seems lost and fragile at the moment.
So what has gone wrong for India? The most disappointing thing which is evident is Indian batting. Indian batting has let them down in both the matches they have lost. The most important thing, openers are not giving a good start to the team and the record of Ishan Kishan in T20s is very concerning as he averages just 12 this year in the format.
Shubhman Gill is due to fire yet, he hasn’t been good in T20s as well apart from his century against New Zealand. We might see a change in playing eleven or even batting order as the team might be looking to give a chance to Yashasvi Jaiswal who had a great IPL Season and Test series.
On the other hand, West Indies is doing great in the series but they too depend on Nicholas Pooran and Rovmen Powell too. Their bowlers are disciplined in the series but their batting looks fragile too. So, India can beat them eventually by playing with discipline and planning.
Indian captain Hardik Pandya is facing criticism from fans and experts as his captaincy has been ordinary in the series. He did not give bowling to Axar Patel in the second match and no bowling in the first match. He did not let Yuzevandra Chahal complete his quota of overs in the match. Experts feel Chahal brought India back into the game in his sixteenth over in the second match but Hardik didn’t give him the ball after that over which cost the game for India.
Can India make a Comeback in the Series?
West Indies are in a very great position to clinch the series but India can certainly make a comeback in the series. India losing to West Indies when their team is at the lowest at the International level is a concern for India.
India has to solve their batting problems to make a comeback, apart from debutant Tilak Verma every other Indian batter seems to be struggling in the series. India needs to think about their long-tail exposure as they do not have batting at number 8.
Bowling of team India is not a part of concern as bowling has been good throughout. It will be a good contest to watch between Indian spinners and West Indies batters as it would be the used surface in Guyana and it might help spinners a lot. Indian batters will have to fire and make partnerships to help India come back in the series.