West Indies managed to pull through a planned chase in Thiruvananthpuram with a massive 8-wicket win over the hosts. India’s sloppy fielding and lethargic bowling were punished duly by the Windies as they romped home with 9 balls to spare.
West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first after winning the toss. Kieron Pollard named a solitary change by naming Nicholas Pooran in place of the veteran Dinesh Ramdin. Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli named an unchanged eleven which executed a record victory in Hyderabad a few days back.
The opening partnership did not kick start once again as KL Rahul attempted to go big off left-arm spinner Kharry Pierre. In a move unforeseen, Shivam Dube was promoted to Number 3 and the all-rounder justified the decision with astute striking.
The scoring rate was handed a boost with Dube finding boundaries with ease. On the other end though, The Hitman was visibly struggling after being unable to cope up with the slowness of the pitch and the Windies bowling unit’s subtle variations.
Sharma too trudged his way back to the pavilion after attempting a paddle scoop over fine-leg which only saw shattered stumps much to the delight of Jason Holder. Dube recorded his maiden fifty in International colours while Kohli had a short stint at the crease after Williams was able to exact revenge for the events that transpired in Hyderabad.
Dube perished soon after his landmark unable to take advantage of the dropped catch on the previous ball. Pant remained unbeaten till the end with a valuable cameo with wickets of Iyer, Jadeja and Sundar tumbling along the way. The Men In Blue eventually managed to notch up 170-7 at the end of their 20 overs.
The Indian bowling unit began the defence with promise by containing the explosive Windies opening pair in the powerplay. The hosts although failed to garner momentum which was hampered by several drop catches and inconsistent bowling.
Despite notching up two wickets in quick time, Nicholas Pooran effortlessly joined forces with Lendl Simmons to take the Windies over the line.
Problems mount plenty for the hosts concerning the fielding and the number of sixes conceded. India have conceded a total of 27 sixes in the matter of the two matches so far.