New Delhi -°C
Today in New Delhi, India

Feb 21, 2020-Friday
-°C

Humidity
-

Wind
-

Select city

Metro cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

Other cities - Noida, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal , Chandigarh , Dehradun, Indore, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi

Home / Cricket / India vs West Indies: R Ashwin reserves special praise for WI batsman after visitors level T20I series

India vs West Indies: R Ashwin reserves special praise for WI batsman after visitors level T20I series

Ind vs WI: After India put up a competitive score of 170/7 in 20 overs, Windies chased down the target with nine balls to spare in Thiruvananthapuram.

cricket Updated: Dec 09, 2019 10:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
West Indies cricketer Lendl Simmons (R) and Nicholas Pooran (L).
West Indies cricketer Lendl Simmons (R) and Nicholas Pooran (L).(AFP)

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin hailed Nicholas Pooran’s impact with the bat after West Indies beat India in second T20I at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. Kiereon Pollard’s troops battered the hosts by eight wickets to level the three-match series 1-1. India had earlied registered impressive six-wicket win in Hyderabad.

Also Read: Virat Kohli highlights reason for loss in 2nd T20I

After India put up a competitive score of 170/7 in 20 overs, Windies chased down the target with nine balls to spare. Lendl Simmons remains unbeaten on 67 while Evin Lewis, Shimron Heymyer and Nicholas Pooran also made handy contributions with the bat.

Following Windies’ win, Ashwin reserved special praise for Pooran, who slammed 38 off just 18 deliveries including four boundaries and two massive sixes. Pooran joined Simmons at a precarious time for visitors when they have lost the wicket of set Hetmyer.

Also Read: Kohli lights up India’s poor day in field with sensational catch - Watch

Pooran straightaway took the attack to Indian bowlers and didn’t let the hosts stage a comeback into the game. Ashwin lauded Pooran on social media and his post read: “This guy Pooran.. ( special ).” 

Following India’s defeat, skipper Virat Kohli pinned the blame on India’s fielders, who were guilty of dropping crucial chances. While fielding, Washington Sundar at mid-off and Rishabh Pant behind the stumps dropped catches off successive deliveries from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Indian bowlers were taken to the cleaners by Windies batsmen.

Also Read: Shivam Dube joins Uthappa in unique list with Thiruvananthapuram blitz

“If we field so poorly, no amount of runs will be enough. We were poor in the field during the last two games. We dropped two catches (Sundar and Pant) in one over. Imagine if they lost two in the same over that could have increased pressure,” he said.

“Everyone saw we need to be more brave in fielding. It’s a do-or-die game coming up in Mumbai.”

Get Latest Cricket Updates, Live scores and Top news on HT Cricket.