Amit Mishra performed admirably as he was the pick of the Indian bowlers with fantastic figures of two for 18 against the defending champions West Indies on Sunday. (JPN/Agencies)
Mishra got Samuels out with a flighted delivery as the batsman gave him charge and missed the leg-break. Dhoni completed easiest of stumpings. Dwayne Bravo (0) got a first-ball googly as it spun back sharply to find his pads as West Indies were reduced to 74 for four.
Mishra was on a hat-trick however opposition skipper Darren Sammy averted it.
Earlier in the match against Pakistan, Mishra was bang on target with his flighted leg breaks and varied the length of his deliveries and pace through the air.
Shehzad (22 off 17 balls) did the initial hard work but Mishra out-thought him with a flighted delivery that turned way after pitching. It was a classical leg-break that drew the batsman forward and beat by flight as Dhoni gleefully whipped off the bails.
Mishra also dismissed Malik who was caught at long-off boundary by Suresh Raina.
Leg-spinners might go for runs but that does not deter Amit Mishra from thinking about bowling an attacking line rather than trying to be a restrictive option for his captain.
"I am not afraid of flighting the ball because I always think about taking wickets and not restricting the batsmen. I believe you can never succeed trying to stop the flow of runs instead of trying to take wickets. If you try to take wickets, you can put pressure on the batsman," Mishra told reporters at post-match conference after India thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets in their World Twenty20 campaign opener.
He said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's tips were of great help as the skipper has always encouraged him to stay true to his strengths.
"The captain (Dhoni) always tells me that I should try to spin the ball as that is my strength. He tells me that I have the ability to beat the batsman in flight. That's how I got Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik out today. In T20 cricket, more variations you have, the more advantageous position you are in," said Mishra who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his effort of 2/22.
The Haryana leggie felt staying positive during his prolonged period at the bench helped him perform today.
"I was never down on confidence when I was not playing. The key is to remain positive and I tried to shut out negative things. In our team, the good thing is that everyone is told to remain ready as anyone could be called. When you get your chance, you need to grab it with both hands," he said.
Amit Mishra performed admirably as he was the pick of the Indian bowlers with fantastic figures of two for 18 against the defending champions West Indies on Sunday.