Young Team India leg-spinner came up with career-best figures of 4 for 16 as the Men in Blue crushed West Indies by 88 runs in the final T20I of the five-match series on Sunday (August 7). With the comprehensive victory in Lauderhill, India claimed the series 4-1.
India posted an impressive 188 for 7 after winning the toss and batting first in the fifth T20I. Bishnoi then claimed four wickets in 2.4 overs as West Indies crumbled to 100 all out in 15.4 overs. The leg-spinner’s first wicket was that of big-hitting batter Rovman Powell, who was trapped lbw for 9.
It was the third time in six T20I matches that the youngster had gotten the better of Powell. Twitterati trolled the latter over the same. Apart from Powell, Bishnoi also dismissed Shimron Hetmyer (56), Keemo Paul (0) and last man Obed McCoy (0) to bowl India to victory.
Left-arm spinners Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav also claimed three wickets each. The superb performance by Indian bowlers marked the first instance of spin bowlers taking all 10 wickets in an innings in a T20I match.
Here are some Twitter reactions to the fantastic effort by Bishnoi in the fifth and final T20I against West Indies:
“I can see players playing with freedom” – Hardik Pandya reflects on series win against West Indies
India rested regular captain Rohit Sharma for the dead rubber on Sunday and instead handed the leadership responsibilities to all-rounder Hardik Pandya. He did a great job, scoring 28 off 16 with the willow. In the field, he rotated the bowlers, especially the spinners, smartly. Speaking after India’s win, Hardik said:
“The kind of talent the players we have and the freedom we’re getting, this is the New India. I can see players playing with freedom and not worrying about failing. And when you do that, you tend to do special things.”
On the ploy of opening the innings with Axar, Hardik explained:
“I wanted to give Axar the ball early because he is used to bowling in the powerplay, he is capable of holding his own and then with the wrist spinners, I knew we could get the wickets. It’s about how we can get better from here.”
Axar picked up the first three wickets to fall in West Indies’ innings. The chasing side crumbled to 33 for 3 in five overs and could never recover from the disastrous start.