Hope misses out as Windies rally

Hope Soto
October 28, 2018

For today's match, Virat Kohli made 3 changes in the team, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed coming in.

Thanks to wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope and youngster Shimron Hetmyer's terrific knocks, which helped visitors to level India's target of 322 runs. His back to back hundreds (140 and 157 not out) is just a testimony to it.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is in tremendous form; he scored two centuries in this series already.

Dhoni, 37, despite being a sharp planner and a safe and agile hand behind the stumps, has been struggling to finish matches with the bat, something that came naturally to him at his peak and made him a modern legend.

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But questions remain on a stable numbers 5, 6 and 7. The big decision was the exclusion of MS Dhoni as the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman was not named in the squad for both the series. Might not see Dhoni in India colours for the T20 format again...

The dew is a big factor during day-night matches in India, something that will worry Kohli since both his wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were finding it hard to grip the wet ball. He went past Ajit Agarkar to the feat and joined Mohammed Shami. Most others though have slammed the decision outright considering Dhoni has featured in 11 fewer T20Is than Team India. "It's supposed to be very famous here", said the 29-year-old. The duo will look to make amends. He comes in place of Devendra Bishoo.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, M.S. Dhoni (kw), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey.

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