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India aims to take an unassailable lead in T20 series against West Indies; Rohit Sharma passes fitness test

By wasmulhaq 
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Fort Lauderhill:  India is hoping to add another feather to its hat by winning the T20I series against the West Indies, as both teams prepare for the series’ final two matches in Florida, USA. The hosts like to level the T20 series. Currently, the men in blue are in tremendous form. With all the players playing as a unit under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, defeating the men in blue would be difficult, if not impossible.

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Despite being behind in the series, the hosts have some positive news as two openers, Brandon King and Kyle Mayers, are looking good and gaining form, scoring fifty each. Two bowlers in the bowling unit have impressed. The variation of Obed McCoy troubled the Indian batters and he was adjudged player of the match in the second T20I. Akeal Hosein has shown excellent control in his bowling.

The hosts need to improve their batting performance. Three seniors, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, and Rovman Powell, will have to show maturity and determination on the ground and play as per the situation. The trio have scored just 136 runs between them. The West Indies must strike right away, as the visitors have lost just two of their last 21 matches while chasing. Indian batters are the master chasers.

Despite leading in the series, India has to deal with several issues as pacer Avesh Khan is struggling to adjust to the slower Caribbean pitches. A lack of variation has been found in his bowling, so he proved expensive. Shreyas Iyer’s batting is a concern for the Indian think tank. His confidence level is below par, so he may get a couple of more chances to prove his worth, otherwise some newcomer will take his place.

The performances of Arshdeep Singh and Suryakumar Yadav are vital for the team, not only in the ongoing series. Both are in contention to be selected for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia this year. Suryakumar Yadav has impressed with his astonishing batting and played a cameo in the third T20I, smashing 76 runs in 44 balls, which provided Indie to go 2-1 up.

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The good news is that injured Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is fully fit and ready to lead the side in the two successive T-20Is to be played on weekends.

The 4th T20I between India and West Indies will take place at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida, and the proceedings are set to get underway at 8 PM IST.

Wasim Haque

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