West Indies beat India by 8 wickets, avenge defeat in first T20 International


West Indies on Sunday defeated India by eight wickets in the second T20 International match with Lendl Simmons carrying his bat. He remained unbeaten at 67 while Nicholas Pooran was not out at 38.

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Put in to bat, India made 170/7 in 20 overs. Shivam Dube was top scorer with 54 runs in 30 balls. Rishabh Pant was the second-highest scorer with 30 runs. For West Indies, Kesrick Williams and Hayden Walsh took two wickets each while Sheldon Cottrell,  Khary Pierre and Jason Holder scalped one wicket each.

West Indies had no problem in chasing the target as they achieved the task by losing just two wickets. Washington Sundar and Ravindra Jadeja picked up one wicket each.

This is the first T20 win by West Indies against India since July 2017. Reacting to the West Indies’ win, former bowling great Ian Bishop tweeted, “It’s not so much this victory (though that is very important), but the way this west indies team is playing and the potential they seem to have that should please many fans.”

Former Indian bowler Irfan Pathan tweeted, “India need to prepare good bowling unit which can defend any target. #kulcha and bumrah will help the cause but need other bowlers to step up.”

In the first T20 International played in Hyderabad on Friday, India had defeated the visitors by six wickets. Skipper Virat Kohli had narrowly missed his first-ever T20 International century by six runs.

This is what Kohli said after the match: “Numbers say a lot of things. They can say a lot of things that aren’t there as well. I think we were good for 16 overs while batting. But then last four overs we got only thirty. We need to focus on that. Shivam’s knock helped us reach 170. To be honest, WI bowled cutters and their change of pace did not help us. But if we field so poorly, no amount of runs will be enough. We were poor with the field in the last two games. We dropped two catches in one over. Imagine if they lost two overs in the same over. Everyone saw we need to be more brave in fielding. Do or die game coming up in Mumbai. We knew they will use spinners early so we thought why not use Shivam’s power. The plan worked well. That catch was just something that stuck in my hand. Committed to the ball and luckily it stuck. I dropped a one-hander in the last game. West Indies played a very good game and they deserved to win.”


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