Rohit, Krunal star as India seal the series: As it happened
Now that India have wrapped up the series, expect India to experiment with their playing XI against WI in the third and final T20I. Thanks for staying with us!
The rain played spoilsport but the second T20I had its moments. Rohit Sharma led the attack right from the start, and at one time it seemed like India would go on to score 200+. West Indies pulled back things well, with Oshane Thomas picking up Sharma and Pant in quick succession. But a last over flourish from Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja ensured India get an above par score on a pitch that's just the same except for the balanced bounce.
Washington Sundar and Bhuneshwar Kumar sent West Indies on the backfoot by dismissing both their openers in the second over. They were given a fight from Rovman Powell, whose counter-attacking fifty led a strong recovery for West Indies. But his dismissal, as part of a double-strike from Krunal Pandya, left the writing on the wall. Pollard and Hetmeyer had a momooth task cut out for them--they had to score abover 15rpo to win the game--until the play was stopped at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida due to bad weather.
India win by 22 runs via DLS
It's officially over. The par score for West Indies was 120, and they were 98. Hence, India win by 22 runs. This means that India have clinched the T20I series 2-0.
Bad weather stops play!
All of a sudden the weather has changed. Dark clouds loom large over the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida. The players are walking off and the covers are out. It's not started raining yet, but they are going off for lightning warning.
The rain has started hammering down now. It's all dull and gloomy at Florida.
West Indies are 98/4 after 15.3 overs, and require 70 more runs in 27 balls. The DLS par score is 120, so if there is no further play, India will have sealed the series.
Jadeja comes into the attack for the first time in this match. A slightly shorter delivery from Jadeja and Pollard rocks back and absolutely leathers this straight over for a one bounce four.
The fourth ball is j-u-s-t outside a diving Jadeja's fingers. Pollard survives! And so does Hetmeyer, the very next ball! Dropped by Kohli at midwicket.
West Indies need 73 runs in 30 balls
That's two in the over!
Is that another wicket? Oh, yes it is! This is magical from Krunal Pandya! A brilliant over from him to dismiss both the set batsmen--the cautious Pooran and the dangerous looking Powell. Nailed him right in the front! Takes the review, but to no avail!
The left-handed Hetmeyer comes in to bat, and strikes a boundary first ball--credit a misfield by Bhuvneshwar at the point boundary.
West Indies need 79 runs in 36 balls with 6 wickets remaining.
That's an excellent catch from Manish Pandey right on the boundary ropes! Krunal Pandya with the breakthrough just when the game was slipping away from India's hands. Pooran is gone. Torture for him, really! He has toiled all the way till the 13th over, and the one time he looks to go big, he's been dismissed.
This wicket couldn't have come at a more crucial time for India.
Fifty for Powell!
Takes a single off the slower ball to bring up his secodn T20I fifty. That, too, in just 30 deliveries. His knock becomes all the more crucial as he came on to bat at a time WI were in trouble having lost two early wickets.
He smashes another full delivery from Saini for a screaming boundary. A thwack straight down the ground off the no-ball! Saini makes a nice comeback and bowls a perfect yorker on the leg stump, and a slower final delivery to restrict any further damage.
WI are 83/2 after 13 overs.
SIX to end the over!
Powell is playing a gem of an innings here. Powell makes a mess of what was turning out to be an excellent over from Krunal. Dropped in short, Powell rocks back and short-arm jabs it over deep midwicket for a SIX!
Krunal is furious with himself!
WI are 75/2 after 12 overs.
Just 4 runs from the 11th
The ball hung in the air agonisingly for a moment. The captain couldn't really get there as the ball fell just short of his fingers. A valiant effort nonetheless! Powell has a thwack at the cross-seamed delivery from Khaleel, top edge and swirls away from Kohli at covers.
Good over from Khaleel! WI are 66/2 after 11 overs.
WI are 62/2 after 10 overs
Krunal Pandya comes into the attack. Bowls well, concedes just 5 runs. Two quick wickets didn't really hurt West Indies; they are right on in this game. Powell with 40* (22) and Pooran with 15* (26) look really comfortable at this moment.
That's a biggie!
Kohli brings Sundar into the attack, and Powell goes for a massive slog sweep over deep backward square for a sixer. Powell isn't gonna mess around. He's striking every ball--and he's striking them big and clean.
Meanwhile, Krunal Pandya makes a desperate drive off the last ball to stop a definite four.
11 runs from that over, and WI are 57/2 after 9 overs.
Saini goes for another two!
Saini's pace got him wickets yesterday, that same pace cost him two boundaries--one off the inside edge to the fine leg boundary, the second's off the outside edge towards the thrid man.
WI are 46/2 after 8 overs.
Powell's striking cleanly!
Whatta shot! Powell has latched onto everything that's remotely full. He absolutely smoked Khaleel straight back over long-off for a SIX! The execution is so smooth, so pleasing to the eyes! The last delivery has been put away for another boundary. Stunning this! The warning was there on the cards when he drove the first ball straight for a four. Since then, he's been all over India's bowlers.
WI are 36/2 after 7 overs.
Saini goes for a coupla fours!
Oh, that's brilliant from Pooran! A flamingo leap flick off his pads to the boundary through deep square. He's the key for West Indies... played well yesterday, and has got to a good start here once again.
That's a terrible way to end the over. A bit too short, and Powell sniffs a chance. He goes for a full-blooded pull, smacks it behind square for a four.
Nine runs from that over, and WI are 25/2 after 6 overs.
Khaleel into the attack
India's left-arm seamer is the first change. A pitched up slower delivery, and Powell spanks it uppishly back past the bowler for a four. What a beautiful sight that! And he's played that off his first ball. That's some way to start your innings!
He made a nice comeback after that, dragged his length back and conceded just two in the next four balls.
WI are 16/2 after 5 overs.
Just 1 run from the secodn over from Bhuvi, and West Indies are 9/2 after 4 overs.
Sundar gets Narine!
He's bowling well. Pooran, the star World Cup performer for West Indies, is looking to put him away but mistimed every ball; and so does Narine. Both the batsmen are trying to launch... Narine tries it again the last ball! He comes the track and looks to hoick it over the leg side. he failed to get to the pitch, and his middle stump is rattled.
Pressure, pressure! Poor shot selection to West Indies' demise once again.
WI are 8/2 after 3 overs.
Oh, that's exquisite! Bhuvneshwar Kumar threw himself in the air and takes a superb catch diving to his left off his own bowling. He grazes his elbow in the process, but that's a battle mark--proud and beautiful! A slower ball and a check-jab from Lewis means a second duck for the Windies opener.
West Indies are 7/1 after 2.0 overs
Washington Sundar opens India's attack
Washington Sundar will open the attack, the second time this series. He'll be bowling to a different opener, though: Sunil Narine. It has gone overcast suddenly. He keeps it tight--and concedes nothing except that harsh call for wide.
WI are 1/0 after 1.0 over
The story so far
India should be content with the score on the board. They were looking to post 200+ score at a time when Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were batting. West Indies pulled back things well, with Oshane Thomas picking up Sharma and Pant in quick succession. But a last over flourish from Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja ensured India get an above par score on a pitch that's just the same except for the balanced bounce. Alright, let's get on with the chase.
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And Krunal Pandya has dismissed the first two deliveries for a maximum! The first ball is a yorker gone wrong--a full toss on the pads, and Pandya wallops it well over deep square leg for a six! The second one has been lambasted over long-off for another maximum.
A dot and a single follow--but that's all! Jadeja joins the party as well! This is the kind of finishing India wanted. Jadeja has sent this one soaring over the deep midwicket fence.. such raw power! A single off the last ball, and India finsh at 167/5.
West Indies claw back into the game!
When Rohit was batting, it seemed like India were going for a 200+ score. And then, he got out. Pant and Kohli followd him, too! That halted India's attack, and tell you what: in the last 5 overs, India have scored only 29 runs and have lost four wickets. The fourth? Well, just as I write, Manish Pandey has top edged a catch to the keeper.
Talk about comebacks!
India are 147/5 after 19 overs.
Cleaned 'em up!
The captain's gone! The middle stump cartwheels backwards! A perfectly executed yorker. The ball nipped back into the right-hander just a tad as he closed the face on it to whip it to the on-side but missed. Make way for the Cottrell salute!
India have scored just 37 runs in the last 5 overs, and have lost three crucial wickets.
Just 5 runs from that over, then. India are 135/4 after 17 overs.
Kohli v Narine in T20Is— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 4, 2019
Innings - 3, Runs - 22, Balls - 28, Dismissals - 0, Scoring Rate - 4.71
Kohli has always played it safe against Narine in T20Is with zero dismissals. Of the 26 players he's faced 20+ balls in T20Is, his scoring rate against Narine is the slowest. #WIvIND
Pant's disastrous form continues!
Oshane Thomas strikes once again! What a spell he's having! And just like that Rishabh Pant's poor run of form in T20Is continues! he seems to hae been caught up in two mind. He tried to guide it down but got a top edge and the ball sailed all the way to deep third-man.
Just 4 runs from that over, and India are 130/3 after 16 overs.
Narine into his last over
An excellent looking shot that from the captain. He steps out and uses his bottom-handed power to whip this over midwicket. That's rocketed past wide long-on for a boundary! They take singles off the five deliveries.
India are 126/2 after 15 overs.
OUT! Rohit's gone
A clever slower one gets Sharma. He sliced the ball high it the air--a wild heave down the leg side--and cover fielder Hetmyer back-pedals and takes this superbly. A fine innings come an end. Rohit has done his part, a perfect setup for Rishabh Pant. It can't get better than this!
India are 118/2 after 14 overs
Indian batsmen with most runs in T20 cricket:
8393* Virat Kohli
8392 Suresh Raina
8267 Rohit Sharma
6953 Shikhar Dhawan
6621 MS Dhoni
Rohit Sharma is unstoppable!
A well disguised slower ball from Braithwaite has been hoicked over the ropes for a maximum! A full toss third ball is sliced over point for a boundary. There's no stopping this man. And this beatiful hitman saga continues...
13 runs from that over, and India are 111/1 after 13 overs.
12 runs from that over
And now, it's Kohli with the six! He won't do that often, but whenever the team requires. He steps out, gets underneath the ball, and sends it flying straight over the ropes for an effortless six!
India are 98/1 after 12 overs
That's 50* for Rohit Sharma!
Narine is just a tad short, and the hitman latches onto it! He rocks back and whacks it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. He takes a single to long off and brings up his fifty. Tremendous batting this from the showman!
West Indies claw back in the last two overs
Soon after Dhawan fell, it was only fitting from captain Braithwaite to bring their mystery spinner Sunil Narine into the attack. He conceded just four runs in his second over, and his partner Khary Pierre, left-arm orthodox, helped Windies by giving away just 5 runs.
What's changed from yesterday!
The pace of wicket today in Lauderhill seems very similar to yesterday, but the bounce has been far more consistent which has been the biggest difference.— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 4, 2019
First Six Overs - 1st Innings #PitchViz
1st T20I - 5.2
2nd T20I: - 4.8
1st T20I - 3.0
2nd T20I - 5.9#WIvIND
Keemo Paul with the breakthrough
This is sloppy from West Indies. They've already conceeded five wides, and then keeper Pooran was lazy to collect the throw--and that has helped India with another run.
Oh, my! Dhawan's bat has cracked. A good chunk of his bat came off as he attempted to drive this low full toss. And just after he replaced the willow, he's been cleaned up by Keemo Paul. Through the gates as the left-hander looked to swipe it across the line behind square. An ugly shot that--and the timber has been rattled!
India are 68/1 after 8.0 overs.
Captain Braithwaite replaces Narine
Alright, then! Just one over for the mystery man Sunil Narine. Should Braithwaite have given him one more?
The captain himself takes on the mantle to break this threatening partnership. He is mixing the slower ones well, and has given just three singles from three balls--it helps that the fielders are now pushed back.
The fourth one is a horrendous wide outside the off stump as Dhawan moved across the stumps. The next one is a fine delivery, but Dhawan used the pace real good and deflected it gently past short third man for a four. Cruel!
India are 61/0 after 7.0 overs.
Keemo Paul with the last over of the Powerplay
The introduction of mystery-spinner Sunil Narine has the desired effect--despite the boundary off the last ball--for Brathwaite as the experienced T20 specialist conceded just the 5 runs in his first over.
Keemo Paul with the last over of the batting powerplay. The first ball was defended by Rohit Sharma; he looked to advance and go big off the secong but that was clever from Paul to mix it up and follow the batsman--no runs.
The third ball is a loosener. A good slower one but a full toss to Rohit. He takes it graciously, waits on it, as dispatches it with his steely wrists over mid-wicket for the first six of the match. He SWEEPS the fourth ball for a four--a disgrace really for any fast bowler.
India take 13 runs from that over, and are 52/0 after 6.0 overs.
Alright, it's Sunil Narine
It was always gonna be the case with Rohit Sharma batting the way he does. Rohit sees him off the first three balls, and takes a single from the fourth. Dhawan, meanwhile, has no such plans. He goes for a slog first ball, mistimes; he steps out the next ball and drills it past the diving mid-on fielder for a boundary.
India are 39/0 after 5.0 overs.
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Glorious batting this from the hitman! Minimum effort, maximum result! He lofted the first overpitched ballover extra cover for a four, took a coupla runs, and then Rohit lifted another one--this time over mid off. Stupendous timing that! Taking full advantage of batting restrictions.
Dhawan flays the last ball wide of point for another couple of runs, and India take 13 runs from the fourth over.
India are 34/0 after 4.0 overs.
12 runs from the 3rd over!
Can't really keep Rohit quiet for long! Good length on the leg stump and Sharma flicks it over the infield and gets it to the deep mid-wicket fence with his iron wrists.
And now, it's Dhawan! The uppercut played to perfection this time. Arches back, uses the pace and deflects it wide of the keeper. They take 12 runs from the third over--a couple boundaries and four singles!
India are 21/0 after 3.0 overs.
Sheldon Cottrell comes into attack
... and throws down wide down the leg side first ball. He is bowling full, and getting the ball to swing in. He bowls another wide to Rohit third ball! The next delivery is much better, drawing him forward for a solid front foot defence. He bowls a wide again, third from his first over. the last delivery, however, almost went through the gate--inside edge, pad, and rolled to the right of the keeper.
India are 9/0 after 2.0 over.
A tentative start from Dhawan
A boundary off the first ball! Thomas straying on the pads, and Rohit strikes a Nataraja pose and flicks the ball fine to the fine leg boundary for a four. He bowled two more deliveries again on the leg side to Rohit; thinking not to give much room to the batsman.
Serious pace and bounce from Oshane Thomas the fourth ball. Banged in short, angling away and keeper Pooran catches the ball and throws it up in the air. Umpire says not out, Pooran demands a reivew but it goes for a waste. Dhawan survives. Beaten on the last delivery as well, angling away once again as Dhawan looks to drive the ball through the covers.
India are 6/0 after 1.0 over.
The (dismal) performance of Windies top 3 in their last 5 matches
Aug 3, 2019: 20 runs vs IND (Lauderhill)
Mar 3, 2019: 19 runs vs ENG (Basseterre)
Mar 8, 2019: 22 runs vs ENG (Basseterre)
Mar 5, 2019: 35 runs vs ENG (Gros Islet)
Dec 22, 2018: 114 runs vs BAN (Mirpur)
Will Narine make a difference?
India are unchanged from last night
India are unchanged, and West Indies have only one change: Campbell is out and Khary Pierre is in to lend help to Sunil Narine, who himself has another role this match: he will open the batting.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, K Khaleel Ahmed
West Indies: Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard, Shimran Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, 7 Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Khary Pierre, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
India choose to bat first
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and has decided to bat first.
"Looks like a pretty okay wicket today. All that moisture from yesterday is gone and the pitch is going to get slower and slower. I think the first six overs the ball will come on nicely, so that's a good time to lay a platform. You have to think on your feet on a pitch like this," he says.
India and the West Indies have faced each another for a total of 12 times. India lead the contest by 6-5, credit the 4-wicket victory in the last match.
The 15-member squad
West Indies: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicolas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble, Andre Russell, Khary Pierre
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
Where to live stream IndvWI, 2nd T20I
The India vs West Indies first T20 match will be broadcast live on Sony Ten 1 HD, Sony Ten 1 with English Commentary and Sony TEN 3 HD, Sony TEN 3 with Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of the India vs West Indies will be available on Sony Liv app and website.
Here's what unfolded last night.
Deubutant Navdeep Saini led the bowling charts with 4-1-17-3, Pollard unbelievably missed a full toss to be out on 49, and West Indies posted a paltry 98. India, in reponse, lost their three wickets at 32 too, with Rishabh Pant having been dismissed for a golden duck. The Windies kept chipping wickets, but they didn't have enough on board to push India to the edge. In the end, it was one of the three spinner all-rounder that hit the winning run--a SIX!
On Saturday, it was an-round performance by Indian bowlers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked two wickets in India's win while Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja also grabbed a wicket each. India would want their bowlers to replicate the same form. Meanwhile, West Indies batsmen need to assess their shot selection, and apply themselves well on a low-scoring pitch. India won’t be looking to tinker with their winning combination but they might wanna give an opportunity to Chahar brothers who were warming the bench on Saturday. Meanwhile, West Indies could include an extra spinner in Rovman Powell as the wicket might again be on the slower side.