In the fourth T20I match of the five-match series, India will take on the West Indies at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, Florida today i.e., August 12 at 8:00 PM IST.
After an entire month of travelling between islands in the Caribbean, where results in the ODI and Test series were largely favourable towards the Indian team, the series has now made its way to the United States continental territory, where the Men in Blue are attempting to avoid a rare series loss to the West Indies.
India must become accustomed to the high-scoring settings in Florida, which is anticipated to host games at the T20 World Cup next year, and determine if the selected group of young players, including Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill, has what it takes to succeed in this format. Suryakumar Yadav, India’s T20 batting pillar, finally made an impression in the series after failing in the first two games. Additionally, Tilak Varma has defied expectations to establish himself as a player with a very high upside. In fact, after three games, there are rumblings that he may be an unexpected selection for the ICC ODI’s Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 team. With the ball, be it Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, skipper Hardik Pandya, or Kuldeep Yadav, all have exceeded expectations to put India in contention in the series.
On the other hand, the rationale is straightforward for the West Indies. They have a chance to win their first series against India, in any format, of two or more games, since 2016. The two-time T20 World Cup champions will also achieve their first back-to-back series victories in the competition since 2017. If nothing else, that ought to help them recover from some of their recent crushing setbacks and get them back on track for the World Cup that will be held in these very locations the following year. The two individuals in charge of taking the side forward and deep in the innings, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer, continue to be key to their successes. Rovman Powell has also shown some athleticism by racing between the wickets and his batting prowess. The team, with the ball in hand, is also looking excellent, with Jason Holder, Obed McCoy, Alzarri Joseph and Romario Shepherd charging and giving the Indian team a tough time.
In the 28 games played between the two sides, West Indies won nine and India won 18, respectively. Another game ended without a result.
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