Hardik Pandya and Co. were in a precarious situation after losing the first two T20Is against the West Indies in the five-match series. However, they won the third T20I in Guyana to keep the series alive. Now, the action shifts to Lauderhill, Florida, USA where India will lock horns with Rovman Powell’s men in the fourth T20I on Saturday, August 12. The tourists have a good history at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, where they have beaten the West Indies in four T20Is out of the six they have played at the venue so far.
India defeated the West Indies last year convincingly in the two T20Is they played at the venue. A win on Saturday would help them take the series into a decider. India might go in with the same playing XI that gave them their first win in the series. The West Indies, on the other hand, might bring in Jason Holder in place of the out-of-form Johnson Charles. The star all-rounder suffered a niggle during the second T20I and was ruled out of the last game.
Match: West Indies vs India 2023, 4th T20I
Venue: Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida
Date & Time: Saturday, August 12, 8:00 PM (IST)
Live Streaming: DD Sports, FanCode and JioCinema
Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground Pitch Report:
The pitch at this stadium is expected to be a better one for batting than the ones used for the first three T20Is. The average first innings score batting first in international games at the venue is 164. It is interesting to note that no team could post a total in excess of 159 in the first three T20Is thus far. The pitch for the fourth T20I, however, might come as a bit of a relief for some of the free-flowing batters. It is also important to note that teams batting first have managed to win 11 matches at this venue while having lost only twice.
Probable Playing XIs for WI vs IND
West Indies (WI):
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Romario Shepherd, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy
Yashasvi Jaiswal (wk), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Hardik Pandya (c), Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mukesh Kumar
WI vs IND Head-to-Head
Played – 28, India – 18, West Indies – 09, N/R – 1
In the USA:
Played – 06, India – 04, West Indies – 01, N/R – 1
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter of the Match –
Suryakumar Yadav (IND):
The Mumbai batter rarely disappoints once he finds his mojo. He struggled in the ODIs, where there is a big question mark regarding his place, and also failed to live up to his lofty standards in the first two T20Is. However, in the third T20I, Suryakumar Yadav found his rhythm and scored a blistering 83 off 44 balls on a pitch where most batters struggled for timing. India will hope for another match-winning innings in the fourth T20I from their premier batter in the format.
Probable best bowler of the Match –
Kuldeep Yadav (IND):
The talented spinner has been in stupendous form as he bamboozled the opposition batters in the ODIs and is replicating the heroics in the T20Is as well. In the third T20I, Kuldeep picked up the wickets of Brandon King and Johnson Charles but the biggest moment in his four overs came when he dismissed the in-form Nicholas Pooran. Kuldeep versus Pooran will be a key battle in the upcoming game.