India vs West Indies Match Preview, 5th T20I, India Tour Of West Indies 2022. India will take on the West Indies in the 4th and 5th T20Is at Lauderhill Stadium, also known as the Central Broward Park & Broward County Cricket Stadium, on Saturday (August 6) and Sunday (August 7).
India has some prior experience at this venue as they have played 4 T20Is here earlier and they will be eager to win the series by winning the 4th T20I with a 3-1 lead. The visitors currently leads the 5-match series 2-1.
India could be in full strength too as skipper Rohit Sharma has recovered from a back spasm that forced him to retire hurt after playing just 5 balls in the 3rd T20I. The elegant opener retired hurt on 11 in the second over of the Indian innings after experiencing discomfort. In his attempt to swing towards the on-side, Rohit Sharma hurt his lower back, which cut his innings short.
India made a brilliant comeback in the third T20I match to win by 6 wickets and lead the series 2-1. Both teams are all set to play in Florida after the visa issues were resolved by the interference of the Guyana president. India has a great chance to win the series in this 4th T20I match and test some of their fringe players in the last T20I match. West Indies on the other hand need to win this match to keep the series alive and take it to the decider.
India vs West Indies Match Preview, 5th T20I, India Tour Of West Indies 2022
In the 3rd T20I, West Indies started off on a good note with Kyle Mayers scoring 73 runs off 50 balls and forming a 50-run partnership with Brandon King (20 runs) and Nicholas Pooran (22 runs) for the first 2 wickets. Shimron Hetmyer (20 runs) and Rovman Powell (23 runs) scored some quick-fire to take their team to a good score of 164/5 in the 20 overs.
Obed McCoy and Alzarri Joseph were taken for a lot of runs in the last game. Akeal Hosein was their most consistent player this series picking 3 wickets at an economy rate of 5.33 RPO. Dominic Drakes and Jason Holder will look to make their mark with the ball in this match.
India’s chase took off with Suryakumar Yadav‘s blinder of 76 runs off 44 runs with 8 boundaries and 4 sixes in the match. Shreyas Iyer (24 runs) and Rishabh Pant (33* runs) played vital cameos in the match to win comfortably. Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja (who was rested for the 3rd T20I) too are in good touch and India might experiment with their batting in this match too.
Pacers Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were excellent with the ball and have claimed 7 wickets between them at an economy rate of 7 RPO. Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya have joined in the middle overs to strangle the batters effectively. Avesh Khan has been a bit wayward and leaked a lot of runs and Harshal Patel might replace him in the match.
In a major relief for the Indian cricket fans, it has been learned that Rohit Sharma will be available for the last two games on Saturday and Sunday in Florida. The India skipper retired hurt during the 3rd T20 in St Kitts on Tuesday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the skipper suffered a back spasm. But with two matches remaining, Rahul Dravid will likely give Kuldeep Yadav and Harshal Patel a go.
India made only two changes in the three matches so far with Ravi Bishnoi dropped to the bench due to tactical adjustments. Deepak Hooda also returned to the XI in place of Ravindra Jadeja to manage his injury. But Avesh Khan, who has had a disappointing run in the series is set to be dropped alongside Shreyas Iyer.
West Indies needs to win this game to stay alive in the series as a loss here would mean India takes an unassailable lead in the series. They demolished Bangladesh in the T20I series right before the India series but the difference in quality is for everybody to see. West Indies needs to come up with a plan to dismiss Suryakumar Yadav early in the innings.
West Indies trusted Dominic Drakes with the ball ahead of Odean Smith and it turned out not to be a bad decision. They are likely to stick with the same XI.
Kyle Mayers and Brandon King have established themselves as a good complementary batting pair and are likely to be their openers for the remaining two games. Akeal Hosein will continue to be the only spinner on the team. West Indies recently lost the three-match ODI series against India by 3-0 and is also 2-1 behind in the ongoing series after 3 T20Is had concluded.
India Probable XI:- Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh
West Indies Probable XI:- Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Devon Thomas (WK), Jason Holder, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy