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Cricket news - Sealing the series gives us chance to make changes - Kohli

Krunal chipped in with an unbeaten 20 and then went onto pick up two more wickets.

Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, praised the finish provided by Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja which helped India post 167 for 5 en route their 22-run win (DLS Method) in the second T20I against West Indies, on Sunday. On a slow pitch, where run-making was becoming difficult as the innings progressed, the two spin-bowling all-rounders clubbed Keemo Paul for 20 runs in the last over of the innings.

"Pitch was going to be good to bat on early on," Kohli said in the post-match presentation. "New ball was coming on nicely. We set up a good foundation. [It was a] Good finish from Jadeja and Krunal to get us past 160. The way we were going, could have got to 180, but pitch slowed down considerably in latter half."

West Indies, in pursuit of the target, could manage only 98 for 4 in the 15.3 overs before rain stopped play. Krunal, who had scored an unbeaten 13-ball 20, returned to pick 2 for 23 for 3.3 overs and was adjudged the Player of the Match for his all-round show. The all-rounder said the confidence after his good showing with the bat translated on to his bowling.

"I've been playing this role in IPL as well, and in domestic cricket as well," Krunal said. "When you bat at No.6-7, sometimes you click, sometimes you don't. Today I was lucky enough to hit two good shots. But it helps when you have scored some runs. I'm happy the way I bowled as well. The confidence carried over with the bat helps.

"It's our second game so I knew the pace to bowl at. It was two-paced, some were sticking and some were skidding. Didn't bowl in the arc, kept it outside off."

He further explained in the post-match press conference, the importance of getting early breakthroughs, which helped the spinners work their way. "It's important when your fast bowlers pick up early wickets. It makes our job easier if they are two-three down and we come and bowl to the middle order. Washington [Sundar] bowled well in the last game as well as this one and Bhuvi is a world-class bowler, everyone knows about it. It is great that everyone performed."

Kohli too praised the performance of Washington Sundar, who returned 1 for 12 off his three overs. It also included a maiden over as pinch hitter Sunil Narine failed to score off him. The young all-rounder returned to the national side after being out for a while due to an ankle injury, and made an impact rightaway with the new ball in both the games so far.

"Starting with the new ball, the way Sundar has bowled against guys who come hard at the ball, he's done a tremendous job," the Indian skipper said. "The composure he's shown has been outstanding. He's become fitter, leaner and is very handy with the bat as well. He is definitely going to be a factor for us."

With the second win in two days, India have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. As India head from Florida to Guyana, Kohli believes the series win will give India the cushion to experiment in the last match of the series.

"Winning is always going to be a priority. But sealing the series gives the chance to bring few guys in. The idea is always going to be to win first. But winning the first two games gives the cushion... Haven't played in Guyana before, great opportunity to experience how it's going to be like," he concluded.

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