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“Single-handedly Gifted This Match” – Fans Criticize Avesh Khan As He Fails To Defend 10 Runs Off The Final Over During 2nd T20I vs WI

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Team India endured a loss in a thrilling encounter in the second T20I against West Indies on Monday, August 2 at Warner Park, Basseterre in St Kitts. They failed to put up a decent score on the board batting first and ultimately lost the match by five wickets. Avesh Khan, who bowled the final over for India in the match, was criticized heavily by the fans on social media following the loss.

West Indies needed ten runs off the last over, with five wickets in hand, and the well-set Devon Thomas and Odean Smith out in the middle. Avesh started off with a full toss on the off-stump against Oden Smith. It was declared a no-ball as the bowler overstepped. The West Indies batters switched ends, as they took a run off the no-ball. Devon Thomas got an opportunity to take a shot on the free-hit, and he made the most of the chance.

The wicket-keeper batter slammed a six and then finished the match with a boundary off the next ball to take West indies home. He stayed unbeaten on 31 runs off 19 deliveries, including a boundary and a couple of sixes. West Indies won the match with five wickets to spare, equaling the series scoreline 1-1.

Earlier in the match, Nicholas Pooran won the toss and asked India to bat first. The visitors managed to put on 138 runs on the board, on the back of a cameo by Rishabh Pant and 31 runs knock by Hardik Pandya. West Indies pacer Obed McCoy probably had one of his best outings on the field. He took 6/17 in his four overs. However, Avesh Khan’s bowling performance of 1/31 at an economy rate of 13.3 was most talked about on social media.

Let’s take a look at how fans reacted to Avesh Khan’s bowling performance:

Unless you give chances to Avesh and Arshdeep you’ll never know: Rohit Sharma

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma had Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the ranks with a couple of overs left to bowl the final over. However, he gave the opportunity to young Avesh Khan to test the bowler in such crunch situations. The decision came under scrutiny as Avesh could not defend 10 runs off the final over.

Speaking post-match, Rohit Sharma revealed the reason behind giving Avesh Khan a chance to bowl the last over. He stated,

“We know what Bhuvi does for us; he has been doing it for years. Unless you give chances to guys like Avesh and Arshdeep you’ll never know.
But it is just one game. They have the skills and the talent and it is all about backing them. I am really proud of the bowlers and the team. Targets such as these can get over in 13-14 overs but we dragged it to the last over. I thought the guys executed the plans and really happy with the way the guys bowled.”

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