Krunal delighted with match-winning performance for India
Krunal Pandya picked up 2/23. (AFP Image)

Allrounder Krunal Pandya, who starred in India‘s win in the second T20 against the West Indies, said support from fellow pacers makes the job easy for spinners in targeting the middle order. Pandya smashed a quick-fire 20 off 13 balls before dismissing Nicholas Pooran (19) and danger-man Rovman Powell (54) with his left-arm spin in the weather-hit game on Sunday as India wrapped up the series with a 2-0 lead.

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“When your fast bowlers pick up early wickets, it makes our job quite easy. If they are 2-3 down then we (spinners) can come and focus on the middle order,” Krunal said at the post-match conference.

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Besides Krunal’s cameo with the bat, Rohit Sharma‘s half-century played a key role in getting India to 167 for five after electing to bat. India’s new-ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and spinner Washington Sundar then provided early breakthroughs to reduce West Indies to eight for two in the first three overs.

“In both the games we got the breaks up front, Washington also bowled well and Bhuvi is world class. It’s a good that everyone is contributing in the team with the bat and the ball,” Pandya said.

Krunal, who was also adjudged Man of the match, said the wicket aided spinners and performances like these help boost confidence. He returned with the figures of 1/20 and 2/23 in the first and second game respectively.

“I’m happy with how I’ve bowled in the series. I bowled four overs in the first game and today also I bowled three. The wicket was slightly helpful for spin which helped me as well. It’s a good confidence booster when you represent your country, contribute to wins and get these kinds of wickets,” Pandya said.

Nisarg Chokshi, one of Pandya’s childhood friend had come to watch and support his Gujarat mate play.

“It’s a proud feeling for me (to bowl in front of friends and family) and I’m sure they are proud also. He is my childhood friend and we used to play together in the under-12 and under-14. Good to see him come and support me,” Pandya pointed out.

The first two T20’s of the series were played in the US and the allrounder said it was a good experience playing in Florida. “Great experience playing in USA. Of what I’ve heard, cricket is developing fine over here and everyone was looking forward to playing here. Both games were close so it was a good experience. Plenty of Indians here too,” Pandya added.