IND vs WI: Dampness in wicket made it difficult for us to hold on to landing area, says Harshal Patel
IND vs WI: India pacer Harshal Patel said the dampness in the wicket made it tough for his team to hold on to the landing area in the third and final T20I against West Indies at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.
India defeated West Indies by 17 runs in the third and final T20I, with Suryakumar Yadav’s 65-run knock and a spirited bowling performance.
“We spoke about it after the powerplay (the line and length). The ball was holding on to the wicket and therefore we wanted to keep it a little fuller. Whenever we bowled shorter they had the time to sit back and pull it. We had the conversation that we want to bowl fuller,” said Harshal Patel after the game.
“You have to have clarity on what you are going to bowl. Just focusing on the next delivery is important. There was a bit of dampness in the wicket because of the weather and it was making it difficult for us to hold on to the landing area. I don’t think there was a lot of dew,” he added.
With this victory, India won the three-match T20I series 3-0. The Men in Blue had previously defeated West Indies 3-0 in the ODI series.
West Indies, chasing 185, got off to the worst possible start, losing opening hitter Kyle Mayers (6) on Deepak Chahar’s fifth ball of the innings. Chahar dismissed Shai Hope (8) in his following over, reducing West Indies to 26/2 in the third over. After Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell teamed up at the crease, the visitors’ score was 68/2 after powerplay overs.
Harshal Patel got the better of Powell in the seventh over and broke the 47-run third-wicket stand (25). Venkatesh Iyer then got among the wickets, taking the valuable scalp of skipper Kieron Pollard (5), reducing the Windies to 82/4, with 103 runs still needed to win.
Pooran (61) and Romario Shephard (29) gave it their all. But the job was too much for them, and India won by 17 runs.