Hyderabad: After a Virat Kohli special took India home in Hyderabad, the Men Blue faced off with the Windies in the second T20 at the Greenfield International Stadium, Trivandrum on Sunday. After India won the toss and chose to bat, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma walked in and were off to a decent staff. KL Rahul fell after a run-a-ball 11 to Khary Pierre.
The Indian Skipper walked into bat with the momentum from the last game. Rohit Sharma was then bowled by Jason Holder as he tried to play a cheeky shot.
The windows then saw an unusual move from India as Shivam Dube joined Kohli in the middle. He proved the team’s decision right by scoring his maiden T20I fifty in 27 balls which included a 26-run over off Keiron Pollard. Both Kohli and Dube fell one after the other. Rishabh Pant then took India to 170/7 in their 20 overs.
Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons walked in to bat. Lewis was dropped at 6 by Washington Sundar which turned out to be a gamechanger for India, although he got Lewis in the tenth over and broke the 72-run partnership for the opening wicket.
The windies then lost Shimron Hetmyer as Super V took a running flyer at the boundary line to send back the hard-hitter at 23.
Making a comeback into the side, Nicholas Pooran stuck in with Lendl Simmons in the middle and took the Windies home by 8 wickets and 9 balls to spare. Lendl Simmons was adjudged the Man of the Match for his match-winning 67*. Pooran was unbeaten at 38(18).
The three-match series is now levelled at 1-1, with the third game to be played at the Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. The Windies have had a sweet memory back at the Wankhade in WT20 2016 and would like to reflect the same, while India will look to fight back in the decider.