- West Indies beat India in T20 after three years
- India’s batting failed
- Both the teams are at 1-1 draw in the series.
IND vs WI, 2nd T20I: The hosts have won the second T20 match between India and West Indies by five wickets. The West Indies team completely dominated Team India in this match, which started three hours late from the scheduled time on Monday in St. Kitts. West Indies bundled out the Indian batsmen for 138 on the basis of six wickets from their fast bowler Obed McCoy. After this, with the help of a half-century from Brandon King and a stormy innings from Devon Thomas, the Caribbean team achieved the target of the match with four balls to spare and leveled the series 1-1. The third match of the series will be played at this ground on August 2 (Tuesday).
Strong start for West Indies
Brandon King gave a quick start to the West Indies team chasing India’s small score of 139 runs. King along with Kyle Myers put on 46 runs in 37 balls for the first wicket. However, Hardik Pandya broke this partnership on the first ball of his first over, running Myers for eight. After this, captain Nicholas Pooran (14) tried to progress the innings by playing some quick shots but Ashwin gave the hosts another blow by getting him caught by Suryakumar Yadav in the 10th over. Shimron Hetmyer also could not do much and was dismissed by Jadeja after scoring six runs in 10 balls.
King’s half century and Devon’s stormy innings
At the other end, Brandon King quickly completed his half-century. He shared a quick partnership of 24 runs in 18 balls with Devon Thomas and then in the 16th over, scoring 68 off 52 balls, was bowled by Avesh Khan. After this, Arshdeep Singh made the match exciting by bowling Rovman Powell in the 19th over. Thomas, however, snatched the match out of India’s hand with a quick bat and put it in the lap of the West Indies. The hosts needed 10 runs from the last six balls and Thomas finished the match after scoring 12 runs in the first two balls of Avesh Khan’s over.
India’s opening pair failed
Earlier the match started with a delay of three hours due to the late arrival of the team kit. After being invited to bat first, the Indian team could never regain the momentum during the entire innings. Rohit (nil) got out on the first ball of the match. The Indian batsmen had a hard time grasping the pace and bounce of the pitch at Warner Park here and McCoy made a career-best use of his variety. The batsmen had no answer for his extra bounce. Opening the innings in the second consecutive match, Suryakumar Yadav (11) hit a six over the covers against McCoy, but only after that the wicketkeeper returned to the pavilion against the bowler.
India lost the last four wickets within 11 runs
Rishabh Pant looked impressive during his innings and also hit a big six at deep square leg against McCoy. He hit the second six of his innings against Odine Smith but left-arm spinner Akil Hossain ended his 12-ball 24. All-rounders Hardik (31 in 31 balls) and Jadeja (27 in 30 balls) then tried to build up the innings but the duo’s run-rate fell short during their 43-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Holder broke this partnership by dismissing Hardik. McCoy then broke India’s hopes of a big score by dismissing Jadeja and Dinesh Karthik (07) in his second spell. India lost the last four wickets within 11 runs. Holder took two wickets for 23 runs.