Last Update on: February 20th, 2022 at 09:19 am
After winning the first two matches, team India would look to register a series whitewash when they take on West Indies in the third and final T20I against West Indies on Sunday at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Unlike the first T20I, India batted first in on Friday.
Rohit Sharma, who played a brilliant knock in the last game, got out cheaply in the next. Ishan Kishan continued to struggle as he failed to middle a single ball during his 10-ball stay at the crease. However, Virat Kohli looked positive right from the start of his innings and went on to compile a half-century.
Wickets, however, kept falling at regular intervals. Roston Chase ran through India’s middle-order and didn’t allow them to inject any momentum in the innings. He returned with figures of 3 for 25 in 4 overs.
However, Rishabh Pant and Venkatesh Iyer produced a brilliant partnership in the last five overs and guided the team to a formidable score of 186 runs in the end. Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 52 off just 28 deliveries, while Venkatesh Iyer supported him brilliantly with another vital knock of 33 off 18.
West Indies, in pursuit of that, made a scratchy start. Yuzvendra Chahal was brought early in the power play and the openers struggled to get going against him. Brandon King (22 off 30) and Kyle Mayers (9 off 10) both failed to impress.
However, Nicholas Pooran, once again, played an outstanding knock and gave West Indies the best chance to chase down the score. He stitched a valuable 100-run partnership for the third wicket with Rovman Powell. Both the batsmen hit some sensational shots and took West Indies as close to the target as possible.
Nicholas Pooran, eventually, got out off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 19th over after scoring 62 off 41 balls. Needing 37 runs in the last three overs with 8 wickets in hands, West Indies would have backed themselves to win the game. However, Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar held their nerves and gave only 28 runs in the last three overs as West Indies fell 8 runs short of the target.
Nevertheless, Rovman Powell won hearts with his outstanding 62-run knock of 41 balls. Heading into the third and last game of the series, West Indies would look to end the tour with a win.
IND vs WI: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Eden Gardens Stadium, Kolkata – India vs West Indies 2022, 3rd T20I
The third T20 international between India and West Indies is scheduled to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. There is movement in the air early on with the new ball. The surface also have good purchase for spinners.
The likes of Ravi Bishnoi, Roston Chase and Yuzvendra Chahal have all got turn and grip from the surface. However, with due coming in the second innings, it becomes difficult for the bowlers to extract a lot of help from the surface. Both teams thus are likely to bowl first after winning the toss.
STATS – T20I
|Matches won batting first||4|
|Matches won bowling first||6|
|Average 1st Inns scores||148|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||124|