India vs West Indies - 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

08 November, 2018, 18:12 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Ekana International Cricket Stadium

Sharma, who now has 2,203 runs in 86 matches, became India´s highest run-scorer in T20s after surpassing regular captain Virat Kohli (2,102 runs) during his red-hot knock.

Sharma hit an unbeaten 111 off 61 deliveries to power the hosts to 192-2 after being put into bat first in the second T20 at Lucknow's newly built cricket stadium.

Considering that West Indies' pacer Oshane Thomas started off with a maiden, India closing in on 200 was primarily due to Rohit's blitzkrieg, which contributed nearly 57 per cent of the host's total.

Rohit was impressed with the youngster, who himself sought the new ball from his skipper.

"Those celebrations come because I am extremely excited as I am representing my country", he said.

Khaleel also revealed that he is working on his bowling with bowling coach Bharat Arun at the nets to get better with each passing day. "Everyone who came out to watch the game will go home with a smile", Rohit said in the post-match presentation. Hence, we took so much time to understand what the pitch is doing.


Sharma then launched an attack as he hit eight fours and seven sixes during his entertaining blitz in front of a raucous home crowd.

Lokesh Rahul finished unbeaten on 26, watching from the non-striker's end as Sharma clattered a boundary off opposite number Carlos Brathwaite to reach his ton in the last over of the innings.

Ahmed bowled Hope in his very first over and then got the unsafe Hetmyer caught at long on, three overs later, with his left-arm pace.

Changes would seem unlikely as they are unlikely to make any rash decisions after one game but the opening batsmen is clearly an issue with Ramdin opening on Sunday and struggling and they have nobody in the squad who has sufficient quality to get them off to a rapid start alongside Hope. Always hard to take catches off the back foot like the one we just saw.

"That being said, we didn't bat as well as wanted to, the batting continues to let us down but again, small positives - Kuldeep went for a bit ... so within a dismal performance there was one or two positives".

Needing a win to stay alive in the three-match series after the five-wicket loss at Kolkata, West Indies got off to the worst possible start, losing two wickets - Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer early on with young left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed accounting for both the batsmen.

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