In this article we deal about the review and highlights of 2nd T20I between India and West Indies.The second T20I match between India vs Westindies(WINDIES) was held on LUCKNOW on November 06, 2018. In this article we deal about the review of the match.

VENUE  : BHARAT RATNA SHRI ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE EKANA CRICKET STADIUM, LUCKNOW

TOSS      :  WINDIES WON TOSS AND CHOSE TO FIELD

RESULT : INDIA WON BY 71 RUNS

The team news is as follows

INDIA – ROHIT SHARMA (C), SHIKHAR DHAWAN, KL RAHUL, RISHABH PANT,MANISH PANDEY, DINESH KARTHIK(WK), KRUNAL PANDYA, KULDEEP YADAV, JASPRIT BUMRAH, BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR, KHALEEL AHMED

 WINDIES – DARREN BRAVO, SHAI HOPE, SHIMRON HETMYER, DENESH RAMDIN (WK), NICHOLAS POORAN, KIERON POLLARD, CARLOS BRATHWAITE (C), KEEMO PAUL, FABIAN ALLEN, KHARY PIERRE, OSHANE THOMAS.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaced Umesh Yadav and back in the team. In the Windies side Pooran replaced Powell.

Carlos Brathwaite won the toss and he chose to field. The stadium marks India’s 52nd venue and becomes number one in having more cricket grounds.

INDIA BATTING SUMMARY

OPENING – CRACKING OPENING

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were the openers. Oshane Thomas had the new ball. Rohit needed just 11 runs to become highest run getter for India. Oshane Thomas bowled the first over and it was a maiden over. The second over was bowled by Keemo Paul and Dhawan was slightly struggling to time the ball. During the fourth over, the spinner Pierre got introduced and then the fire work started by Rohit. He hit six in that over and became highest run getter for India. Then the momentum got for the Indian team.

Rohit Sharma was attacking and Shikhar Dhawan got into anchor mode and he was rotating the strike. At one stage Paul bowled a no ball and it was free hit but Dhawan even missed that. At the end of the powerplay, they scored 49 runs for no loss. The duo scored 50 runs mark and became world’s highest run getting partnership. They crossed Warner – Watson pair and became number one in the world.

Carlos Brathwaite started bowling and in his over, Keemo Paul dropped Dhawan at long off and it went for a boundary. In the mean while Dhawan crossed 1000 runs mark. The fielding of Windies was not upto the level and it let Indian batsmen to take doubles very easily. They crossed 100 run mark in 12th over. Rohit scored his 19th 50 and became world’s number one surpassing Kohli’s 18 50+ scores. Rohit started slaughtering the ball and Thomas bowled all his overs. One thing is Dhawan escaped from Thomas this time without getting bowled. Finally a breakthrough happened Fabian Allen in his last ball of his spell dismissed Dhawan. Dhawan went for 43 runs off 41 balls and the 1st wicket went for 123 runs in 14th over.

MIDDLE ORDER – HITMAN’S DAY

Rishabh Pant came to the crease for showing some cameo, but alas he went soon after hitting a boundary. He gave a catch at long off and scored mere 5 runs. KL Rahul joined with hitman. Rahul started smashing the balls and Rohit giving strike to him. The captain crossed nervous 90 runs mark and it was the last over. Rahul took single and gave a strike to Rohit. Rohit smashed 2 boundaries back to back and scored a record century. This was his 4th T20I century and the first batsman to do so. He surpassed Colin Munro’s 3 centuries. At the end of 20th over India scored 195/2. Rohit was not out on 111 runs off 61 balls and Rahul was on 26 runs off 14 balls.

INDIA BATTING STARS – Rohit Sharma was the sole star of the day for Indian batting unit and Dhawan was like a side role.

Among the Windies bowlers Thomas and Paul were slight economical compared to others but it was spinners Pierre and Allen picked one wickets each.

WINDIES BATTING SUMMARY

OPENING – CHANGE OF OPENERS BUT STILL……

Another change of openers this time, it’s Hope and Hetmyer this time. Another mistake from the Windies dug out by making Hetmyer to open the innings. Hetmyer scored 90% of his runs in ODI series through spinners. He’s a hard hitter of spinners, but clearly struggling against pace. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled the 1st over. Hope scored a six in that over. Khaleel bowled the second over in the powerplay. He removed Hope. Hope got bowled for 6 runs. Darren Bravo came to the crease. But Hetmyer got dismissed to Khaleel. He gave a long off catch to Dhawan and showed his continuous struggle against pace bowling.

The score was 33/2 in 5.2 overs. The seasoned Denesh Ramdin came and joined with the left hander. Khaleel was not accurate in his bowling. He was bowling leg side and there were no fielders back side. He was not bowling according to field placements. The promising left hander Bravo got out to Kuldeep’s spin. He gave a catch to slip and Rohit took it with his 2 hands.

MIDDLE ORDER – JUST A MATTER OF TIME

Nicholas Pooran, an another find from CPL, came to the crease. He hadn’t have a good start and he got out in the same over off Kuldeep. The score was 52/4 in 8 overs. Pollard came at his usual place. But yet again he got dismissed for cheap runs for 6 runs. He got out to his MI team mate Bumrah. The damage was done and WI looked like yet again they lost the series. The score was 68/5 in 10.4 overs. After this carnage, the captain of the Windies came to the bat. But the other side the batsmen were falling out cheaply. Only Keemo Paul managed double digit score along with his captain at the lower order.

All the Indian bowlers were superb in their department.

LOWER ORDER – GAME OVER

The Windies batsmen were 9 down and the balls also got over. The match got over. India won the match by 71 runs and lead the series 2 – 0. Rohit Sharma took 3 catches and he became the first player to score a century and took 3 catches in a match. Among the bowlers, Khaleel and Kuldeep were the expensive bowlers compared to others. Everyone picked 2 wickets each and Krunal Pandya though didn’t pick a wicket was also economical in his bowling. The problem for Windies is that the experienced players were not taking it properly. Ramdin was not in his usual form and Bravo also struggles comparing to his prime form in CPL 2018.

WI BATTING STARS – There were no batsmen to claim this status.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH – ROHIT SHARMA

The 3rd and last T20I match was scheduled on November 11, 2018 at Chennai.

For the highlights and review of 1st T20I, click here.