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Virat Kohli hints at change in line-up for the third T20 match against West Indies

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 6 August 2019, 10:43 IST

Having already won the T20I series against the West Indies, team India might experiment with their line-up in the third match against the Windies, captain Virat Kohli hinted.

The Men in Blue won their second match by 22 runs through Duckworth-Lewis method on Sunday to confirm their series win with a match to spare.

Indian run machine, Virat Kohli eulogised his team-mates for clinical performance and dropped hints that he may experiment with other players, who did not get chance in the first two games.

"Winning is always going to be a priority. But sealing the series gives the chance to bring few guys in. Idea is always going to be to win first. But winning the first two games gives the cushion," Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony.

The thrid and the final T20I between the two teams will be played in Guyana’s Providence stadium later this evening.

There is high possibility that Shreyas Iyer and Rahul Chahar might get a chance to prove themselves in the third T20. It will be no surprise if Deepak Chahar too finds a place in the playing XI.

It remains to be seen if Virat Kohli carries on with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who scored 4 and 0 in his last two matches. KL Rahul can replace him if the management decides to drop Rishabh Pant.

Speaking on the second game, Virat Kohli stated that the pitch was good to bat on during early stages of the match."The new ball was coming on nicely. We set up a good foundation. Good finish from Jadeja and Krunal to get us past 160. The way we were going, could have got to 180, but pitch slowed down considerably in the latter half," Kohli said.

The Indian captain also went on to praise the spinner Washington Sundar, who was asked to open the bowling in both the games. The youngster succeeded in providing the breakthrough in both the matches.

"Starting with the new ball, the way Sundar has bowled against guys who come hard at the ball, he's done a tremendous job. The composure he's shown has been outstanding. He's become fitter, leaner and is very handy with the bat as well. He is definitely going to be a factor for us," he said.

Chasing a competitive score of 168, the West Indies were 98/4 in 15.3 overs, when the match was ceased due to bad weather.

First published: 6 August 2019, 10:43 IST
 
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