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Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant to miss third T20I vs West Indies: Reports

By Alan

February 19, 2022

In what comes as big news, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant might miss the third T20I against West Indies. After playing the first two games, the batting duo is unavailable for the final match of the series. According to a recent report, both players have been given a bio-bubble break by the BCCI.

The report further states that Kohli will miss the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka as well. As far as the ongoing T20Is against the men in maroon are concerned, the 33-year-old scored 69 runs in the first two games. While he was dismissed for 17 in the first match, he went on to score a superb 52 in the second.

His half-century on Friday propelled the men in blue to a score of 186-5 in the first innings. In the end, they manage to defend this score and thus, beat the visitors by eight runs. As India have already won the series, the third final game is set to be a dead rubber.

However, the second game went right down the wire as Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran threatened to take the game away. But, some sensational death bowling by the hosts denied the Pollard-led side their first victory of this tour. During the post-match presentation, India’s limited-overs skipper Rohit Sharma was mighty pleased with his troops.

“Always a fear when you are playing against these guys. We knew it would be a little tough. We were very well prepared. Under pressure, we executed all our plans. It was very critical given the point of time. Experience plays a part. He (Bhuvi) was hitting those yorkers and that odd bouncer. We believe in his talent. It was very important innings from Virat. The way he started off, took the pressure of me as well. We didn’t start well in the first two overs, then he came in and started playing those shots which was very pleasing to the eye. Great finish from Pant and Iyer as well,” said Rohit Sharma.

“Very happy to see how he (Venkatesh Iyer) has progressed. To see such maturity is very pleasing. He backs his skills and that is what every captain wants. In the end, he wanted to bowl one over as well. We need such characters in our team. We were a bit sloppy on the field. A little disappointed with that. The game would have been different had we taken those catches,” he added.