India vs West Indies, 2nd T20I in Lucknow, Highlights: As It Happened
India vs West Indies 2nd T20 International: Catch all the action of the second T20I between India and West Indies through our live blog.
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West Indies won the toss and skipper Carlos Brathwaite opted to bowl first in the second T20I at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. India lead the three-match series 1-0 and will look to seal the series tonight itself. Skipper Rohit Sharma said during the toss that they have made just one change in the side — Bhuvneshwar Kumar coming in to replace Umesh Yadav.
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India have completed a resounding win the second T20I as they thrash Windies by 71 runs. Rohit Sharma was the star of the show as he scored a record-breaking ton. As for the bowlers, Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Khaleel and Kuldeep scalped two wickets each. India take a 2-0 lead in the 5-match series.
Another one bites the dust
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picks his second wicket of the day Keemo Paul hits the ball into the hands of Rohit Sharma at mid-off. Windies have lost their eight wicket now.
Windies cross 100 courtesy of three sixes
After surviving a close call, Paul hits back to back sixes off the bowling of Kuldeep to get Windies past the 100-run mark. Then, Brathwaite hits a huge six off the final ball of Kuldeep’s over. Kuldeep finishes his spell with figures of 2/32.
DRS saves Paul
Keemo Paul was given out following a LBW appeal from Kuldeep Yadav but replays showed that the ball was missing outside the off-stump. Excellent review from Windies as the decision has been overturned.
Bowlers put hosts on top
India bowlers have done well to pick wickets at regular intervals and that has resulted in keeping the scoring rate down. As things stand, they are within touching distance of winning the match and the series as well.
Krunal sends back Allen
Krunal Pandya effects a stunning direct hit from point and with that Fabian Allen has to head back into the hut. Windies have lost their seventh wicket now as India are firmly on top.
Bhuvi strikes, Ramdin falls
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has picked his first wicket of the day as he gets rid of Denesh Ramdin. He flicked the ball straight into the hands of Rohit Sharma at short mid wicket.
India waste a DRS
Krunal Pandya trapped Denesh Ramdin LBW but the umpire said not out. Rohit Sharma asked for the DRS and replays showed that the ball was going down leg. India have wasted their only review.
WI lose half their side
Jasprit Bumrah effects a brilliant caught and bowled to remove Kieron Pollard. A well-directed short delivery from Bumrah took a top-edge of the bat of Pollard and the batsman almost came into the way of Bumrah before he caught it. However, replays showed that it was completely unintentional from Pollard and he straightaway apologise for it.
Spinners are bowling well in tandem
Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya are doing well to contain the Windies batsmen at the moment. Kuldeep has scalped two wickets as well and that has put the pressure on the visitors. The onus is on Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin to put on a good partnership here.
Kuldeep strikes again
Windies have lost their fourth wicket of the innings as Kuldeep picks his second of the over. Southpaw Pooran missed the wrong one and the ball rattled into his stumps. India are firmly on top now.
Kuldeep strikes in his first over
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav makes things happen in his first over itself as he gets rid of Darren Bravo. Rohit Sharma takes a very good catch at first slip as Windies lose their third wicket of the innings.
Boundary to end the over from Krunal
Krunal had bowled a good over until the last ball as Bravo thumped the ball down the ground for a boundary. Krunal concedes 8 runs from his first over of the innings.
Khaleel strikes again
Rohit’s decision to give Khaleel an extended run into the attack has worked wonders as he gets rid of Shimron Hetmyer to pick his second wicket of the day. Indian bowlers are on top at the moment.
Bumrah off to a steady start
Jasprit Bumrah got off to a steady start as he concedes just six runs from his first over from the innings. Another wicket at this stage for India will put them in the driver’s seat.
Hetmyer takes the attack to Khaleel
Shimron Hetmyer hits two boundaries off the bowling of Khaleel Ahmed to put the pressure on the young bowler. Windies need more of such overs in order to put the Indian bowlers under the pump.
Good over from Bhuvi
After conceding a six from his first over, Bhuvneshwar hit back and gave away just two runs from his second over. Indian bowlers have done well to keep the pressure on Windies batsmen thus far.
Khaleel strikes early
Shai Hope tried to play across the line but he missed the delivery completely and the ball hit the top of the stumps. Khaleel has provided India the ideal start in the match as he has gotten a crucial wicket in his first over of the innings.
Six to start proceedings
Shai Hope hits a six off the Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over of the innings to make his intentions clear. Windies are off to a good start as they score six runs from the first over.
India manage to score 20 runs off the final over and with that they finish at 195/2. Rohit Sharma was the star of the show for the hosts as he remained unbeaten on 111. Dhawan and Rahul also chipped in with handy contributions.
Rohit slams ton, creates history
Rohit Sharma slams back to back fours and with that he reaches his well deserved century off 58 deliveries. Rohit becomes the first cricketer ever to score four centuries in the shortest format of the game.
Another dropped catch
Kieron Pollard is the guilty party this time as he spills a difficult chance at long-on. KL Rahul survived but India manage just six runs from the penultimate over of the innings from Keemo Paul. Rohit is off strike for the last over and he is still 8 runs away from his record ton.
Six and Four and Six
Rohit Sharma moves into the 90s after hitting a six and a four off the bowling off Pierre. First, he hit the ball over the long on fielder’s head and then, cut the ball past the off side fielders for a boundary. The skipper is simple tearing the Windies bowling apart at the moment. Rahul also hit a huge six down the ground to move into his 20s.
Rahul joins the party now
KL Rahul makes his intentions clear as he hits a boundary early on in his innings off Brathwaite towards extra cover. Then, off the next delivery, he cuts the ball past the point fielder for successive boundaries. India approaching 150-run mark now. Brathwaite concedes 12 of the over.
Pant hits a boundary, then gets dismissed
Rishabh Pant’s soujorn in the middle comes to an end as after hitting a boundary, he is dismissed the next ball off Pierre. India have lost their second wicket now but Rohit is going strong on the other end and he is nearing his half-century.
Rohit continues to score boundaries
Shikhar Dhawan may have fallen but Rohit Sharma keeps on going on the other end and hits his fourth boundary of the innings off Thomas. With Rohit at the crease, India will be expecting anything over 200 with five over to go after this one.
Shikhar Dhawan falls agonisingly close to his half-century as he is caught in the deep square leg boundary by Pooran off the bowling of Allen. India have lost their first wicket for 123.
Six and SIX - Rohit is on fire
Rohit Sharma has gone completely berserk after completing his half-century as he slams back to back maximums off the bowling off Fabian Allen. The India skipper is propelling the hosts towards a huge score.
Half-century for Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma takes a double and with that he completes his half-century off just 38 deliveries. On the next ball, he cuts Keemo Paul for a boundary towards covers. With that, India have also crossed the 100-run mark in the 13th over of the innings.
Rohit continues to score runs
Following two good overs from Allen and Paul respectively, Rohit comes down the track and hits Allen for a boundary towards deep mid wicket. Rohit is approaching his well-deserved half-century now.
Good over from Allen
Against the run of play, Fabian Allen bowls a good over and concedes just five runs from his first over of the innings. After 10 overs, India have scored 83/0 and are in a very good position to get to a big total in their innings.
Rohit tears apart Brathwaite
Windies skipper Brathwaite concedes 16 runs off his over as after Dhawan’s boundary, Rohit hits him for a massive six over deep square leg and then for a boundary towards mid wicket. India are approaching 100 at a very rapid pace and the visitors need to break this partnership soon.
Paul drops Dhawan!
Windies thought they had picked the first wicket of the day when Shikhar Dhawan (28) top-edged the ball straight towards Keemo Paul at square leg off the bowling off Carlos Brathwaite. However, the fielder dropped an easy catch and the ball rolled away for a boundary.
Good first over from Windies skipper
Against the run of play, Carlos Brathwaite bowls a good first over as he concedes just seven runs and more importantly, he didn’t concede a single boundary off it. India openers have gotten off to a good start and will look to build on it.
The 50-run partnership is also up between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Also, Dhawan takes a single to become only the sixth India to go past the 1000-run mark in the shortest format of the game. Windies need to break this partnership soon.
Another huge hit from Rohit
Rohit Sharma has started to deal in boundaries as he now takes the attack to Pierre. He hit the ball from the spinner straight down the ground for a huge six over the long-on fielder’s head. 12 runs came from Pierre’s second over.
Dhawan takes apart Thomas
Shikhar Dhawan is now taking the attack to his nemesis Oshane Thomas as he hits him for two boundaries after Rohit’s massive six. The Windies pacer concedes 17 runs from his over as India are getting a move on now in their innings. Rohit and Dhawan are back!
Massive hit, Rohit surpasses Kohli
Rohit Sharma hits the ball straight down the ground for the first six of the innings off Oshane Thomas and with that, be surpasses Virat Kohli as the leading run-getter for India in the shortest format of the game.
Slow start by India openers
Four overs have been bowled and Rohit and Dhawan haven’t been able to score at a brisk pace. One would feel that something would give in this over from Oshane Thomas. Indian openers are itching to free their arms but they haven’t been able to do so because of some disciplined bowling from the Windies bowlers.
First boundary of the innings
Skipper Carlos Brathwaite opted to introduce a spinner in just the fourth over of the innings and Rohit Sharma welcomes Pierre by hitting him for a boundary down the ground. Indian openers need to get a move on now after a slow start.
Indian openers struggling
Both Oshane Thomas and Keemo Paul are making the Indian openers work for their runs as even after three overs, not a single boundary has been hit so far. Both Rohit and Dhawan haven’t been given any room by the Windies bowlers and they are relying on just singles and doubles.
Dhawan misses glorious chance
Keemo Paul bowled a no-ball and India were awarded a free-hit. But Dhawan missed the slower delivery and the chance to put some runs on the board went a begging. The two openers have so far put on 7 runs in 2 overs. A rather subdued start thus far for India but a good one for the Windies pacers.
Maiden over to start proceedings
Oshane Thomas has started the innings on the perfect note for Windies as he bowls a maiden over to Rohit Sharma. Thomas’ high arm action is helping him generate good bounce off the track and that seemed to trouble Rohit in the first over.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle and they will look to get the team off to a flying start. Oshane Thomas has the new ball in his hand and he will bowl the first over of the innings. Lucknow has braced itself for its first T20I clash and we are about to get underway.
· 700th Toss win for Windies in international cricket
· 11: Runs Rohit Sharma need to become the leading T20I run scorer in the team India
· 3: Number of boundaries Indian team need to cross the 300-boundary mark in 2018
· Denesh Ramdin’s average of 17.93 in T20Is is the fourth lowest number in the list of players with minimum 45 innings played
· Ramdin has scored 556 runs in T20s – lowest number in the list of batsmen with minimum 45 innings batted
· 8: Runs Hetmyer need to complete 500 international runs on away soil
· Kieron Pollard will bat for the 50th time in T20Is in Lucknow. He needs 18 runs to complete 800 runs in T20Is
· 2: Wickets Kuldeep Yadav need to become the leading Indian wicket taken in 2018
· Bumrah’s economy rate of 8.87 vs Windies is his worst against any team (min 3 matches)
· 37: Runs Dinesh Karthik need to cross the 2000 international run mark in limited over formats
· Manish Pandey need 33 runs to complete 500 runs in T20Is since 2017
Skipper Rohit during toss
“There is grass on the pitch so I am guessing pitch will hold up, but I am not sure about the outfield as there is lot of dew expected. We have Bhuvi back in our team, in place of Umesh. It was not easy but he has been our leading bowlers and is very experienced too. He bowls well with the new ball and he is excellent in the death overs too. It is good to have Bhuvi back but it is unfortunate for Umesh to miss out only after 1 match, but team composition is very important.”
India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik(w), Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed
Windies: Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Oshane Thomas
West Indies have won the toss and skipper Carlos Brathwaite has opted to bowl first in the second T20I. Skipper Rohit Sharma says during the toss that Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns into the side after missing out in the first game. Umesh Yadav is left out.
The pitch looks a bit green and there might be something for the pacers early on. Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar says that the pitch could remain the same throughout the 40 overs but dew factor might come into play. Earlier, on the eve of the clash, the Lucknow curator had said that chasing would be a bit difficult on this track - read here!
Dinesh Karthik seems to thrive under the leadership of Rohit Sharma and incidentally, he has scored most number of runs under his captaincy. So far, Karthik has played 10 T20Is under Rohit and has scored 152 runs at an incredible average of 152.00, which is the best by far compared to other skippers.
Rohit on the verge of a record
Going into the second T20I against West Indies in Lucknow, Rohit needs just 11 runs to become India’s highest run-getter in T20Is. Kohli currently sits at the top with 2102 runs from 62 games. While Kohli has played only 52 games as compared to Rohit’s 85, the stand-in skipper is the only player in the Indian to score three T20I tons.
Debut for Ekana Stadium
Ahead of the first-ever international cricket match in the state capital -- the T20 International between India and West Indies, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday rechristened the Ekana International Cricket Stadium as “Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium”, an official said. The match, which has created excitement among the cricket lovers in the state capital and around, will henceforth be played in the stadium named after Vajpayee, who represented Lucknow in Parliament.
WI need their big names to stand up
The return of big names such as Kieran Pollard and Darren Bravo failed to make any significant impact as West Indies produced a below-par batting effort on Sunday. Andre Russell’s injury, which ruled him out of the series, has also dented their chances. Carlos Braithwaite (2/11) was impressive with the ball but the skipper also needs to inspire his team with some significant contributions with the bat. Young pacer Oshane Thomas (2/21), who made his debut in Kolkata, troubled the Indian openers with his pace upfront but he needs support from the likes of Keemo Paul and others.
Visitors eye change in fortunes
West Indies, on the other hand, would be desperate to return home with some positivity at the end of a two-month long series in which they lost both the Test and ODI series. While two-Test series was lost 0-2 in just six days of action, they posed some challenge in the subsequent ODI series before being thrashed 1-3 with a nine-wicket loss in Thiruvananthapuram in the final one-dayer.
Recap of first T20I
With the win at the Eden Gardens, India managed to better their head-to-head record against the reigning world T20 champions to 5-3 now from nine exchanges between 2009 and 2017. The five-wicket win in Kolkata might have looked a bit laboured for the hosts but the absence of batting talisman Virat Kohli cannot be discounted. It was also the first T20 International for which India dropped Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the colossus whose batting form has been on the wane but the cricketing brain and reflexes behind the stumps remain assets for the team.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the second T20I between India and West Indies which will be played at the Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. India will look to win the match and seal the series tonight itself as they had earlier won the match in Kolkata by five wickets.