India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli credits Man of the Match Krunal Pandya, hails ‘outstanding’ Washington Sundar
Virat Kohli and Krunal Pandya celebrate a wicket in the second T20I. © AFP

India wrapped up the three-match Twenty20 international series at Lauderhill with a game to spare, giving skipper Virat Kohli plenty of positives as his team flies from Florida to the West Indies for the remainder of the tour.

On Sunday, in front of a full house of 13,000 at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, India defended 167/5 to win by 22 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method, and from the victory Kohli pinpointed the left-arm spinning allrounders Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja.

The pair took 20 runs off the last over of India’s innings, bowled by Keemo Paul, and later Krunal claimed two wickets to be named Man of the Match.


“[We] had a really clinical game. The pitch was always going to be good to bat on first half, we set up a good foundation,” said Kohli after the win. “Good finish from Jadeja and Krunal to get [us] to 165, the pitch slowed down considerably in the second half of our innings.”

Kohli also praised Washington Sundar, the spin-bowling allrounder who in both T20Is at Lauderhill opened the bowling for India and struck each time inside the Powerplay overs. On Saturday, Sundar took 2/18 in two overs and then hit eight of five balls to clinch victory. On Sunday, he had figures of 3-1-12-1.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar has been labelled as “outstanding” by Virat Kohli. AFP

“The way Washington has bowled against guys who come hard at the ball – he’s been outstanding,” said Kohli. “The composure he’s shown after being out for so long. He’s going to be a big factor. All in all he’s executing what he wants to perfectly at the moment.”

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The series now shifts to Guyana for the final T20I on Tuesday, and Kohli indicated that changes were on the cards.

Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Deepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar are the members of India’s squad not to get a game in Florida.

“Winning the first two games always gives you a chance to give an opportunity to a few guys. Having said that, the idea is always to win,” said Kohli.

On his success in the two T20Is against West Indies, Krunal said the role given to him was similar to what he performs for Mumbai Indians and Baroda. “”I’ve been playing this role in IPL as well, and in domestic cricket as well,” the 28-year-old said. “When you bat at No.6-7, sometimes you click, sometimes you don’t.

“Today I was lucky enough to hit two good shots. But it helps when you have scored some runs. I’m happy the way I bowled as well. The confidence carried over with the bat helps. It’s our second game so I knew the pace to bowl at. It was two-paced, some were sticking and some were skidding. Didn’t bowl in the arc, kept it outside off.”