Rohit Sharma’s Blistering Innings lead India 167-5, 2nd T20 against West Indies
Sharma led from the front line as India added 167 to five against the West Indies in the second match of a three-match T20 international series at Central Broward Stadium in Florida on Sunday.
Sharma, the Top scorer in the four-wickets wins in the show’s opening match in the same place a day earlier. Rohit Sharma scored 67-runs off 51 balls including three sixes and six fours that embellished his entertaining innings after Captain Virat Kohli chose to bat right after winning the toss.
He dominated an opening position of 67 with Shikhar Dhawan and sought a course of a hundred when a wrong hit on Oshane Thomas resulted in a comfortable capture for Shimron Hetmyer in extra cover.
Thomas also took off Rishabh Pant at a low price and the West Indies did a better containment job in the second half of the innings, except in the final, when three sixes of Keemo Paul was lifted.
Paul dismisses Dhawan on 23-runs and the quick pitcher of the left arm Sheldon Cottrell claimed Kohli’s prized wicket (28) and doubled his wicket count by leading Manish Pandey to catch a wicketkeeper.
After nearly four -overs without finding the boundary strings, Krunal Pandya pitched two sixes and Ravindra Jadeja added another in Paul’s expensive finale to the innings.
India retained an unchanged team from the first game with Kohli opting to bat rather than play first as he did on Saturday in the belief that the surface will become increasingly difficult to bat as the day progresses.
The Caribbean badly needed to win this match to keep the series alive before the third match in Guyana on Tuesday. They made a change with left-winger Khary Pierre offering the Caribbean side an additional spin option instead of starter John Campbell.