Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave away just four runs in the 19th over of the West Indies innings which enabled Harshal Patel to defend the 25 required to win off the final over in the second T20I in Kolkata on Friday. Overall, Bhuvi bowled a spell of four overs for 29 runs which made the difference in India winning the game.
Aakash Chopra lavished high praise on the Indian bowling attack for their performance in the high-voltage clash in the second T20I. In his Youtube video dissecting India’s performance, the former Indian cricketer had a special word of praise for Bhuvneshwar Kumar who was under the pump heading into this game.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Was Outstanding: Aakash Chopra
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar was outstanding. He was the pick of the bowlers in my opinion. He bowled the 19th over and gave just four runs in that.
“That is what changed the game because sixes were hit in the end, there was pressure on Harshal Patel but because Bhuvi had bowled such a good 19th over, India had the chance to win the match,” said Chopra on Bhuveshwar.
Chopra further said that while chasing 187 to win was always difficult, the slow start by the visitors put them on the backfoot in the chase. Brandon King’s innings of 22 from 30 balls left the rest of the batters a bit too much to do.
“Chasing 187 is difficult but it could have been done because there was quite a bit of dew. In such a situation, it was necessary to start well. India started well but West Indies did not and that is where I think they lost the game,” said Chopra.
West Indies thus lost the T20I series as well on the back of their ODI series loss. The last and final T20I will be played in Kolkata on Sunday. Both teams might test their bench strength in the dead rubber.