IND vs WI 2nd T20I: Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant star as hosts gain unassailable 2-0 lead in series
IND vs WI 2nd T20I: India defeated West Indies by eight runs in the second T20I of the three-match series at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday, thanks to quality knocks from Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant, as well as a spirited bowling performance at the death from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel.
India now has an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, and the final match will be played at the same site on Sunday. West Indies openers Brandon King and Kyle Mayers put up 34 runs for the first wicket while chasing 187, but Yuzvendra Chahal broke the stand in the sixth over when he bowled Mayers (9). Soon after, Ravi Bishnoi dismissed King (22) in his first over, reducing the visitors to 59/2, still needing 128 runs from 69 balls to win.
Pooran and Rovman Powell kept West Indies in the chase, mixing caution with aggression, and the Windies’ score was 124/2 after 15 overs, needing 63 runs from 30 balls to win. Pooran (62) was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the penultimate over, with the Windies needing 28 runs from nine balls to win. The 100-run third-wicket stand came to an end on this wicket.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded only four runs in the game’s second-to-last over, leaving the visitors needing to score 25 runs in the final over to win. Harshal Patel was able to maintain his composure and lead India to victory.
Virat Kohli had earlier scored 52 runs to help India reach 186/5 in the allocated twenty overs. With the bat, Rishabh Pant (52*) and Venkatesh Iyer (33) both contributed to India’s total of more than 180 runs. Pant and Iyer had put on a 76-run fifth-wicket stand. India’s innings got off to a poor start when opener Ishan Kishan (2) bowled in the second over.
Sheldon Cottrell struck out the left-handed batter. Virat Kohli then joined skipper Rohit Sharma in the middle. And India’s score was 49/1 at the end of the powerplay overs. Roston Chase broke the 49-run second-wicket stand between Rohit and Virat. When the spinner sent Rohit (19) back to the pavilion in the eighth over. And bringing Suryakumar Yadav to the crease.
However, after scoring just 8 runs, the right-handed batsman returned to the pavilion. And the hosts reduced to 72/3 in the tenth over. Kohli reached his half-century in the 14th over of the innings, however he was clean bowled in the same over. Chase struck out the right-handed batter. India added 76 runs to their total in the final six overs, pushing their total above the 180-run threshold.
India 186/5 (Rishabh Pant 52*, Virat Kohli 52; Roston Chase 3-25).
West Indies 178/3 (Rovman Powell 68*, Nicholas Pooran 62; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1-29).