India locked horns with West Indies in the second T20I of their series yesterday. The match started after a 3-hour delay as the players did not get their kits on time. Some reports claimed the kits arrived after a long delay. West Indies won the toss and elected to field first. The history has it that 6 out of 8 times, teams batting first had won the match at Warner Park Basseterre, St Kitts.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma fell for Obed McCoy on the very first ball of the innings, which set the tone for the West Indies. The Indian top-order shared only 21 runs among them. Rishabh Pant then played well for a quickfire innings until he got out for 24 runs. Hardik Pandya also anchored with a run-a-ball 31. Jadeja scored 27 under 100 strike rate.
However, this was never enough for the Men in Blue. Indian players were bundled out for 138 in 19.4 overs. Obed McCoy was breathing fire as picked up six wickets in his four overs. The pace spearhead conceded only 17 runs off the four overs that he bowled.
West Indies got off to a good start in the chase with Brendon King playing positive cricket. The openers put on 46 runs in the powerplay without losing the wicket. Hardik Pandya provided the first breakthrough for India as he picked Kyle Mayers’ wicket. Captain Nicholas Pooran contributed only 14 runs, while Hetmyer contributed only six runs. King was brought into the playing XI and he did justice to that.
He played a valuable 68 off 52 balls and ensured the Caribbean did not go off the mark at any time. Rovman Powell perished after scoring only 5 runs. Devon Smith’s cameo ensured that the West Indies team prevailed in the end. West Indies won the second T20I by 5 wickets in the 20th over.
Although the match went on till the final over, West Indies batters were never in trouble. They cruised through their entire innings. India must find a way to come back and give it back to the Men in Maroon. Nicholas Pooran earlier said that his team will bounce back to win the second T20I. And his team, he kept his words alive as Obed McCoy inspired the rest to perform well.
Here’s how Twitter reacted after West Indies’ win:
🇮🇳🏏 A RARE L! Let's shrug off this loss and come back stronger in the next game!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) August 1, 2022
— Mid Day (@mid_day) August 2, 2022
#Windies level the series in the 2nd match
I wonder if this result is a spanner in #TeamIndia works or they will just take it in their stride and continue with their plan of action … whatever it is, if any#INDvsWIt20 #WIvIND @BCCI #CricketTwitter #CricbuzzLive
— Syed Yusuf Mehdi 🇮🇳 (@yusufmehdi) August 2, 2022
— 𝑚 (@Idyllicallyyyy) August 2, 2022
Stupendous bowling by Obed McCoy, brilliant knock from Brandon King leads West Indies to victory against India and level the five match T20I series 1-1 🔥🌴🇮🇳
— Hijbullah Laskar (@Hijbullah90) August 2, 2022
— Rahul Jaswal (@AtMoviesAndTV) August 1, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) August 1, 2022
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) August 1, 2022
Indian batsman troubled by Left Arm seamers will never get old 🥲#INDvsWIt20
— 🇮🇳 Saméer (@Beastachiver) August 2, 2022
If India already leading the series by 3-1 and then you are doing experiments that is understandable.
the decision of giving last over to Avesh instead of bhuvi for me its a stupidity.
you would have destroyed #ViratKohli if he did the same thing. 🇮🇳 #INDvsWIt20 #arshdeepsingh pic.twitter.com/ibnSsUPotN
— Bhargav (@bhargav_7963_35) August 1, 2022
Easiest was to finish Bhuvi's spell. But if u hv picked young guys,u want them to bowl in tough situation n see how they handle.More they do,better they ll get.Give them chances to fail,that's how v got Bum,Bhuvi.@gaurav_sundar @sambitbal @IrfanPathan @bhogleharsha #WIvIND
— Arjav Acharya (@IamArjav) August 2, 2022