In their second game against West Indies in the league rounds of the world T20 India defeated West Indies by 7 wickets and moved to the top of the table in group 2. Surprisingly it was the Indian bowling that won them the match for the second time in a row, not to mention that the batting was not bad either. The bowlers kept it tight till the very end and even managed to restrict the likes of Chris Gayle with their consistent line and lengths.
The Indians ruled the game right from the start and didn’t look like losing it at any point in the game. Here we take a look at the players who were responsible for this amazing all round process to win the game for India.
Amit Mishra: The leg spinner won his second man of the match award in a row. He bowled very efficiently and ended up with figures of 2/18 at an economy rate of 4.5. Had Yuvraj Singh held on the catch of Chris Gayle, he might have had better figures than he did. Mishra has been a revelation in this tournament and proved that the risk Dhoni took to include him in the squad was a worthy one.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was the bowler who started things off beautifully for the Indians. Yes he did finish wicket less, but his figures of 3-0-3-0 speak for themselves. He didn’t let the likes of Chris Gayle and Dwayne smith even touch his deliveries. He looked like the Bhuvaneshwar of old, the promise and swing that he had seemed to have lost during the progress of his international career. He beat the bat on numerous occasions and was one of the main reasons why the west Indies were under pressure right from the word go.
Rohit Sharma: Rohit showed that his performance in the first game was not another fluke and that he is surely back in form. This innings of his will give hope and joy to the Indian fans as a Rohit Sharma in form going all destruction mode on the opposition bowling attack is something that will help a great deal in the later stages of the tournament. Rohit added a valuable 106 runs for the second wicket with Virat Kohli and played some of the vintage Rohit Sharma shots with full precision.
Virat Kohli: Another chase and another good day for Kohli in the office. This man can do nothing wrong when it comes to batting. He came out to bat when India was 1/1, and even though they were chasing a small total, the situation could have been very tricky. But Kohli would have none of it and before anyone knew, he was off to a flyer scoring at a strike rate of 170. He played the spinners very well on a track that had quite a bit to offer. He is slowly and steadily taking the place that was left out by Sachin Tendulkar on his retirement.
M.S Dhoni: we said it in the first game and we say it again, M.S Dhoni of the old is back and the captain is taking out new tricks from his hat which the opposition has been failing to understand. To start with, Dhoni once again won the toss and made the right decision when he decided to bowl first. He set up good fields to the batsmen and seemed to have a plan ready for whatever problems the team faced. He surely ahs done his homework for this tournament and the team seems to be responding really well to his confidence in them.
All in all this was another satisfying performance for the Indians, and even though they would have been happier ha they won the game a bit earlier than they did, it’s a win at the end of the day. India now has a much needed break before they face Bangladesh in their next game. They have been happily placed at the top of group one and they look sure of reaching the next round as of now.