India posted 186/5 then restricted the West Indies to 178/3 in the second T20I. The 8-run win helped India take an unassailable 2-0 lead. Catch highlights.
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West Indies played the better cricket but still ended up losing the match and the series as a clinical India registered a thrilling 8-run win in the second T20I at the iconic Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Friday. And settling the issue was Bhuvneswhar Kumar's penultimate over -- four runs and a wicket. On the day former India captain Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant hit half centuries, the Windies presented themselves with a very good chance to beat the hosts. Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell added 100 runs for the third wicket with dropped catches felicitating their stay in the middle. And Powell almost did a Carlos Brathwaite. But the Windies came short by two boundaries with Harshal Patel regaining his senses after conceding two sixes in the last over. The third and final T20I is scheduled for Sunday at the same venue. For the record, this was India's 100th win in the format. Catch highlights and cricket scores of IND vs WI 2nd T20I.
Unchanged India were asked to bat first. After a poor start, fifties from Virat Kohli (52 off 41) and Rishabh Pant (52 off 28) helped India post a fighting total of 186/5. Venkatesh Iyer also contributed with a quickfire 33 off 18. Then the Windies dominated the chase until the penultimate over. Nicholas Pooran (62 off 41) and Rovman Powell (68 not out off 36) looked set to take the Windies home, but the visitors could manage only 178/3. Pant won the player of the match award. India have now won eight matches on the trot. Their last defeat in the format was against New Zealand in the World Cup.
Harshal Patel with the final over. Singles off the first two balls. And Windies need four sixes. Can Rovman Powell do a Carlos Braithwaite? Well, he's on course. Six over long-on. Three more needed. And another one deep into stands, this time over mid-wicket. 102 metres long. 11 off 2. A widish, slower yorker for a single. 10 off one. One more single and India win by eight runs. Take series 2-0.
Kieron Pollard joins equally built Rovman Powell in the middle. A single off the fourth. Magical over from Bhuvi. One wicket and four runs. His figures: 1/29. Windies need 25 in 6 balls. WI - 162/3 (19)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar on with his final over. A single off the first and a 100-run stand in 62 balls for Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell. A skier and Ravi Bishnoir finally takes a catch. Falling with the ball. Pooran goes for a very well-made 62 off 41. West Indies need 28 runs in 9 balls. WI - 159/3 (18.3)
Harshal Patel on with his third over/ A single. Rovman Powell, on 49 off 27, takes a single for his fifty. He's not happy though. A low full toss and he misses out on a boudnary. The third-wicket stand is now worth 93 in 53. and the first dot in 14 balls. A four, to deep mid-wicket from Nicholas Pooran to end the 8-run over. West Indies need 29 runs in 12 balls. WI - 158/2 (18)
Deepak Chahar with his final over. Two singles then a six. Again, that man. Rovman Powell pulls it over deep midwicket boundary. A single, then a flick over backward square leg for a six and back-to-back fifties for Nicholas Pooran. This time in 34 balls (four fours and three sixes). 16 from the over. Chahar's figures: 0/40. West Indies need 37 runs in 18 balls. WI - 150/2 (17)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns for his third over. A dot, then two singles. Rovman Powell again. Stand and deliver. No chance for long on fielder to stop it. A wide. And India are having over-rate issues. They are one over behind. Then, Bumrah drops a skier. Rohit Sharma kicks the ball in frustration and one extra run for the Windies. Mess. 10 from the over. West Indies need 53 runs in 24 balls. WI - 134/2 (16)
Ravi Bishnoi continues. Virat Kohli stops a boundary at long-on, restricting it to a single. One more single, then Rovman Powell shows his brute force. Straight four. A single, then a four to sweeper cover. The ball beats Deepak Chahar. Brilliantly timed by Nicholas Pooran. 11 from the over. Bishnoi's figures: 1/30. 51 in the last five overs. West Indies need 63 runs in 30 balls. WI - 124/2 (15)
Harshal Patel on with his second over. And ten from it, including a four off the fourth, hit by Rovman Powell. His stand with Nicholas Pooran is now worth 54 in 33 balls. West Indies need 74 runs in 36 balls. WI - 113/2 (14)
Ravi Bishnoi with his third over. Rovman Powell launches the third for a six, over long-off. 12 from the over. 43 runs from the last four. West Indies need 84 runs in 42 balls. WI - 103/2 (13)
Deepak Chahar returns for his third over. Nicholas Pooran plays a beauty of a shot, flick for a four. Rovman Powell hits the fifth for a six, over long leg. It needs some review to confirm the six. 12 from the over. West Indies need 96 runs. WI - 91/2 (12)
Yuzvendra Chahal completes his spell. Nicholas Pooran hits the third ball for a six, then Rovman Powell a four off the fifth. 13 from the over. Chahal's figures: 1/31. WI - 73/2 (10). They need 114 from 60 balls.
Ravi Bishnoi on and he strikes with the third ball. Coming down the track, Brandon King goes for a biggie. But he finds Suryakumar Yadav waiting at long-on. King goes for 22 off 30. Rovman Powell joins Nicholas Pooran. WI - 59/2 (8.3)
Bowling change. Harshal Patel on with his medium pace. Nicholas Pooran hit the first ball for a six, over deep square leg, then a four off the second, to third man. 13 from the over. WI - 54/1 (7)
New man Nicholas Pooran starts with a four, off the second ball. Three singles, then a caught behind. Umpire reluctantly raises the finger against Brandon King and the Windies take the review. Brilliant take from Rishabh Pant. Ultra Edge saves King. Not out. WI - 41/1 (6)
Yuzvendra Chahal strikes. A googly and quicker through the air. Caught and bowled. Easy return catch. Kyle Mayers goes for nine off 10. Nicholas Pooran is the new man. WI - 34/1 (5.1)
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Deepak Chahar continues. Two singles and a skier off the third from Brandon King. Venkatesh Iyer goes for the catch
and spills for a four to long on. Crash landing. Good effort. Then three dots. WI - 34/0 (5)
Bowling change. Yuzvendra Chahal on. Six from the over -- five singles and a wide. WI - 28/0 (4)
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues. Brandon King picks the widish final ball and to deep extra cover for his first four. Eight from the over. WI - 22/0 (3)
Deepak Chahar shares the new ball with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Must better over. But still six from it with Brandon King playing the last ball straight for a four. WI - 14/0 (2)
Wild swing. And it beats everyone, including a diving Rishabh Pant. Five wides off the fourth. Eight from Bhuvneshwar Kumar's opening over.
Players are back. Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the new ball. Brandon King faces the first ball. Kyle Mayers is his opening partner. The target is 187 runs.
Romario Shepherd with the final over. Two singles then a wide. But Shepherd comes back with a deadly yorker. Cleans up Venkatesh Iyer (33 off 18). A 76-run stand in 34 balls comes to an end. Harshal Patel joins Rishabh Pant. A single, then a double as Pant reaches his fifty in 27 balls (seven fours and one six). A single to end the over. Seven from it. 62 runs in the last five overs. IND - 186/5 (20)
Jason Holder with the penultimate over. Rishabh Pant hits the first ball for a six, over deep mid-wicket. Tonked, with sound. A couple of singles, then a four to fine leg as Pant reaches 48 off 24. One bye, then a wide with some mix-up. Pant almost reaches the striker's end but a poor throw from Nicholas Pooran. Holder's figures: 0/45. 15 from the over. IND -179/4 (19)
Romario Shepherd returns for his second over. Venkatesh Iyer takes three off the second and a four off the fifth. 12 from the over. His stand with Rishabh Pant is 58 off 26. 66 runs in the last ten. IND - 164/4 (18)
Experienced Jason Holder, on with his third over, wilts under the pressure. Venkatesh Iyer pulls the fifth ball for a four, and Holder responds with a wide, down the leg. 13 from the over. 13 from the over. IND - 152/4 (17)
Another big over for India. Venkatesh Iyer hits fours off the third and fourth, then Rishabh Pant ends with one. 15 from Sheldon Cottrell's third. Already 33 in 11 for the fifth wicket. IND - 139/4 (16)
Windies skipper Kieron Pollard introduces himself into the attack. Rishabh Pant hits the first ball for a four. Two singles and a dead ball. Pant gets his fourth boundary, to long-off. And another one, to the third man. 14 from Pollard's first over. 48 runs and one wicket in the last five overs. IND - 124/4 (15)
Venkatesh Iyer is the new man. He gets off with a four, streaky. Inside edge. 12 from the over and a wicket. Roston Chase's figures: 3/25. Mighty impressive for a part-timer. IND - 110/4 (14)
And it's fifty, in some style. Virat Kohli pulls the second ball for a six, over the long-on fence for a six and reached his fifty, in 40 balls. Well, then Kohli is bowled. Through the gate by a beauty. He goes for 52 off 41. IND - 106/4 (13.4)
Odean Smith with his first over. Virat Kohli takes a couple off the first, to square leg. Then a delicate cut to the third man for four. Now, 45 off 34. A couple of wides and singles. 10 from the over. IND - 98/3 (13)
Jason Holder on with his second over. Three singles from the first four balls then a full toss. Rishabh Pant times his shot well and it beats the fielder at long-on for a four. Nine from the over. 36 runs and two wickets in the last five overs. IND - 85/3 (11)
And Rishabh Pant starts with a boundary, to deep backward point. IND - 76/3 (10)
Spin from both ends. Roston Chase with his second over. And he gets Suryakumar Yadav for 8 off 6. Caught and bowled. Clean take. Umpires just confirming the 'soft signal out'. IND - 72/3 (9.5)
Earlier, Akeal Hosein completed his spell. Four overs, no wicket and 30 runs. Not his day.
Roston Chase on with his off-spin. And he gets the prized wicket of Rohit Sharma. Another mistimed shot, but this time Sharma not so lucky. Caught by Brandon King for 19 off 18. And with that, a 49-run stand is broken. Suryakumar Yadav is the new man. IND - 60/2 (8)
In the previous over, Akeal Hosein leaked seven runs, including a four off the first ball, hit by Virat Kohli.
Double bowling change. Romario Shepherd on with his right-arm pace. A dot, then Virat Kohli hits two sumptuous fours, either side. And a six to end the over as a mistimed Rohit Sharma drive sails over backward point. 15 from the over. IND - 49/1 (6)
Back in the XI, Jason Holder gets his first over. Virat Kohli welcomes him back with a four off the first, then Rohit Sharma gets his own off the fifth. 11 from the over. IND - 34/1 (5)
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Sheldon Cottrell continues. Rohit Sharma hits the fifth ball for a four, to backward point. IND - 23/1 (4)
A maiden-wicket over from Sheldon Cottrell. The new man is Virat Kohli and the former India captain joins his successor Rohit Sharma. And Akeal Hosein continues. IND - 10/1 (2)
Sheldon Cottrell with the second over. Ishan Kishan gets beaten, twice. And a review for caught behind off the third ball. Originally decision is not out. Kishan survives only to throw his wicket away soon. Cramped and leading-edge at the point. Caught by Kyle Mayers. Kishan goes for 2 off 10. IND - 10/1 (1.5)
A very long opening over from Akeal Hosein, featuring a wide for five runs and two front-foot no balls. 10 from the over.
Players are in the middle. Ian Bishop rings the customary bell to announce the start of play at Eden Gardens. Mumbai Indians pair Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma to open for India. Akeal Hosein with the new ball.
And of course, Windies take the knee.
Rohit Sharma says India "need to get back to basics. It is a lightning outfield. Understand the game situation. Bat freely and see what we need to do after Powerplay."
Kieron Pollard says it "looks a good track. In the last game, dew was a factor."
And India are playing the same XI which won the first match. Here are the XIs:
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal.
West Indies: Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Roston Chase, Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Romario Shepherd, Sheldon Cottrell.
Kieron Pollard wins the toss and West Indies will bowl first against India. Pollard, playing his 100th T20I, says they are looking to limit India. One change for Windies. Jason Holder is back. Fabian Allen misses out.
Sunil Narine just showed his brutal hitting prowess with a 21-ball fifty. But his team, Comilla Victorians lost momentum against Fortune Barishal.
West Indies are hoping to get Jason Holder back in the line-up. The all-rounder missed the first T20 due to a chest injury.
West Indies don't have Andre Russell but the newbies Odean Smith, Fabian Allen and Romario Shepherd have the potential to be match-winners.
India's middle-order combination of Suryakumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer saw the team comfortably home in the first T20. The duo featured in an unbroken 48-run stand-off 26 balls.
Welcome to our live coverage of India versus West Indies second T20 at the iconic Eden Gardens. West Indies face a must-win game and have enough firepower to challenge India in the shortest format of the game.