Quinton de Kock makes Axar Patel pay for schoolboy error

India and South Africa did not tinker with the winning combinations in the T20 World Cup 2024 final. Rohit Sharma has, along expected lines, decided to bat first in order to put up runs on the board in the high-pressure game.

India got off to an absolute flyer with the bat. Marco Jansen pitched the ball fuller in search of swing and Virat Kohli was up to the task, driving and flicking to hit three boundaries off the first over.

The introduction of Keshav Maharaj from the other end was on the cards given left-arm spin is a pet peeve of India’s current opening pair. Rohit seemed to be flipping that narrative as he fetched consecutive boundaries to kickstart the over, but his sweetly-timed sweep on the fourth delivery of the over was caught by the man standing beside the square leg umpire.

The Indian captain managed 257 runs from eight innings in this World Cup, averaging over 40 with a strike rate in excess of 155. Rishabh Pant fell to the sweep shot as well, leaving India in a spot of bother at 23/2.

The hole got deeper for the blue brigade when Kagiso Rabada removed Suryakumar Yadav cheaply as well. However, Virat Kohli dropped anchor and was helped substantially by Axar Patel who did most of the heavy lifting after being promoted up the order. Axar’s superb 47, and a late flourish from both Kohli and Shivam Dube – the two players who have struggled all tournament – have taken India to a strong total of 176/7 in Barbados.

Broadcast Schedule

England v West Indies 2024
ENG v WI 3rd Test, Edgbaston
26th July to 30th July
Start time: 11:00 am BST