India Vs West Indies, 4th T20 LIVE Cricket Scorecard and Updates: India level the series 2-2 with thumping 9 wicket win over West Indies.
Team India are set to lock horns with West Indies in the 4th T20I of the 5-match series at Lauderhill in Florida on Saturday. Hardik Pandya’s Men in Blue pulled off an impressive victory in the third game of the series which was also a do-or-die clash for them, just like this fourth match. Both teams battled it out until the end in the third game at the Providence Stadium in Guyana after West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first.
Youngsters Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill could not hand India the dream start in their chase but Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma were in a different league on that day. When Suryakumar left the game, it was only a formality for Hardik Pandya and Tilak in the middle as India won by seven wickets.
IND vs WI Highlights: Yashasvi speaks on his knock in 4th T20I
“It’s not easy, I am happy to go out there and express myself. I would like to thank the support staff and Hardik bhai, they’ve shown faith. That shows so much impact on my mind. I try to play how team needs and how I can express myself towards the plan. I try to score quickly, how many shots I can play in the powerplay and put my team in a nice shape,” says Yashasvi.
Rovman Powell, West Indies captain, admitted that they were not at their best in the 4th T20 vs India and added that they were 10 to 15 runs short in the first innings after winning toss and opting to bat first.
With the series level 2-2, the fifth and last T20I will decide the winner today in Florida. The teams play the match without any day break. It will test their skills as well as their fitness.
Arshdeep was smashed for boundaries in the death overs but on Saturday, he displayed his best show by picking 3 wickets. His role was important in pushing West Indies on back foot early on in the innings.
Kuldeep was the pick of the bowlers in the 4th T20I, finishing with spell of 2 for 26 in 4 overs. He was economical and took wickets too. Throughout the series, the left-arm leg-spinner has maintained a good consistency.
India’s opening pair of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill broke several records after the put on 165 for the first wicket in the match-winning performance in 4th T20I vs WI. They also went past Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan’s two-year-old record.
“Shubman and Yashasvi were brilliant. The way they ran in this heat … and … making sure they finished the job, it was very pleasing to see,” said Hardik after the match.
It’s not easy, I am happy to go out there and perform. I try to play how team needs. I try to score quickly and how many shots I can play in the powerplay. Reading the wicket, reading the situation, everything is important. I have played a lot of ball against them (Holder and McCoy), helped me to pick them. It (partnership with Gill) was really amazing, he batted really well. I want to thank everyone coming here and supporting us. Thank you so much.
“It’s a pretty good batting surface. We were maybe 10-15 runs short. Having said that, Hetmyer and Hope played well. We didn’t stick to our plans, you’ll always find under pressure against quality batters. We didn’t bat well in the middle overs. If we can improve against spin, we can do well. It’s 2-2, tomorrow is the final and in a final, I back the West Indies. I am okay and ready to the lead the side tomorrow.”