Having won the Test and ODI series, India will also want to do a clean sweep on the T20s


Misery seemed to be endless for the West Indies and India would seek to ensure that the script will not change when the two sides play in the second Twenty20 International in Lucknow on Tuesday.

India's four-game losing streak against the West Indies ended Sunday in Kolkata. And in the penultimate game of what has been a disastrous tour for visitors, India would be the favorite to win the series. India's last win against the West Indies before Sunday took place on March 23, 2014 at the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. The win at Eden Gardens also improved its head-to-head record against the current T20 champions, to 5-3, from nine exchanges between 2009 and 2017.

The five-vote win could have looked a little flamboyant, but Virat Kohli's absence can not be ruled out. It was also the first International T20 by which India knocked out MS Dhoni, whose batting form was in decline, but the cricket brains and reflexes behind the stumps remain active for the team.

Rohit Sharma is leading the team in the absence of Kohli and the 31-year-old thrived with responsibility. But Sunday was a rare flop and he would try to make up for it with a big hit tomorrow.

In addition to Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan continued a difficult year, while KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Manish Pandey failed to assert the rare chance. It took a responsible beating from Dinesh Karthik and a good debut from Krunal Pandya to take India home.

The bowling did as expected, aided by the madness of the West Indies. Left Chinese Kuldeep Yadav remained brilliant, while Khaleel Ahmed and Krunal remained in control. The experienced Umesh Yadav (1/36) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) want to be better. Visitors will be desperate to come back with something at the end of a two-month trip – they missed the Test and ODI series. The return of Kieran Pol lard and Darren Bravo had no impact as they continued to hit poorly.

Carlos Braithwaite (2/11) was impressive with the ball, but the captain also needs to be inspired by the baton. Young pacer Oshane Thomas (2/21), who made his debut in Calcutta, bothered Indian releases with his rhythm, but needs support.


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