India beat West Indies in a rain-affected second game of the three-match T20 series at the Central Broward Stadium in Florida on Sunday (August 4). Rohit Sharma hit 67 off 51 balls, with three sixes and six boundaries, to help India to 167/5 after captain Virat Kohli chose to bat first. Despite Rovman Powell's half-century, West Indies were kept in check at 98/4 off 15.3 overs when the inclement weather intervened. Rain prevented any further play and India were declared winners by 22 runs on the DLS method as the hosts needed to be at 121 when play was halted. Get highlights of India vs West Indies, 2nd T20 here (SCORECARD | ASHES HIGHLIGHTS | CRICKET NEWS)
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Virat Kohli: "Had a really clinical game again. As we spoke in the morning, pitch was going to be good to bat on early on. New ball was coming on nicely. We set up a good foundation. Good finish from Jadeja and Krunal to get us past 160. The way we were going, could have got to 180, but pitch slowed down considerably in latter half. Winning is always going to be priority. But sealing the series gives the chance to bring few guys in. Idea is always going to be to win first. But winning the first two games gives the cushion."
23:52 hrs IST: PLAY HAS BEEN CALLED OFF. INDIA WIN BY 22 RUNS (DLS), SEAL THE SERIES.
It has started raining now and it looks a bit gloomy.
Players are going off. Groundstaff have brought the covers out, but it's not raining yet. The DLS par score is 120
23:05 hrs IST: Very good over from Jadeja, just six off it. West Indies are 95/4 after 15 overs, need 73 off 30. Pollard 6*, Hetmyer 5*
23:00 hrs IST: OUT! Krunal gets the better of Pooran and Powell. This puts India on top. Shimron Hetmyer and Kieron Pollard come to the crease. West Indies are 89/4 after 14 overs, need 79 off 36. Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack.
22:52 hrs IST: Saini continues to be expensive. West Indies are 83/2 after 13 overs, need 85 off 42. Krunal to bowl his penultimate over.
22:45 hrs IST: SIX! Too short from Krunal, Powell goes back and hammers this over mid-wicket for a maximum. West Indies are 75/2 after 12 overs, need 93 off 48. Powell 49*, Pooran 17*. Saini comes back into the attack.
22:41 hrs IST: Another wonderful over, this time from Khaleel. Four off it. West Indies are 66/2 after 11 overs, need 102 off 54. Powell 42*, Pooran 16*. Krunal again
22:36 hrs IST: Stupendous over from Krunal, just five off it. West Indies are 62/2 after 10 overs, need 106 off 60. Powell 40*, Pooran 15*. Khaleel comes back into the attack.
22:33 hrs IST: SIX! Powell gets down on his knees and slog sweeps it over deep backward square for a maximum. West Indies are 57/2 after 9 overs. Powell 36*, Pooran 14*. Krunal comes into the attack.
22:29 hrs IST: Another expensive over from Saini, 10 off it. West Indies are 46/2 after 8 overs. Powell 28*, Pooran 11*. Sundar comes back into the attack.
22:24 hrs IST: SIX! Too full from Khaleel, Powell lofts it straight back over long-off for a maximum. 27 runs off the last 18 balls. West Indies are 36/2 after 7 overs. Powell 19*, Pooran 10*
22:19 hrs IST: FOUR! Too short from Saini, Powell gets into position early and pulls this to the fine leg boundary. Costly over from the Indian pacer, nine off it. West Indies are 25/2 after 6 overs. Pooran 9*, Powell 9*
22:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Overpitched from Khaleel, Powell drives it past the bowler for a boundary. Lot of power in that shot! West Indies are 16/2 after 5 overs. Powell 5*, Pooran 4*. Navdeep Saini comes into the attack.
22:09 hrs IST: Exceptional over from Bhuvi, only one off it. West Indies are 9/2 after 4 overs. Pooran 2*, Powell 0*. Khaleel Ahmed comes into the attack.
22:06 hrs IST: OUT! Flighted delivery from Sundar, Narine dances down the track and looks to hit it over the leg side but misses it completely. The ball hits the middle stump. Poor shot! Rovman Powell comes to the crease. West Indies are 8/2 after 3 overs.
22:02 hrs IST: OUT! Slower ball from Bhuvi, Lewis is completely deceived by it. The India pacer takes a superb return catch. Nicholas Pooran comes to the crease. West Indies are 7/1 after 2 overs. Sundar to continue.
21:56 hrs IST: Extremely good start from Sundar. Only one off his first six deliveries. West Indies are 1/0 after the first over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes into the attack.
21:53 hrs IST: Time for Windies' chase. Evin Lewis and Sunil Narine are at the crease. Washington Sundar to open the attack.
21:40 hrs IST: 6,6,6 - That's it. India finish on 167/5. Expensive last over from Paul, 20 off it. The visitors would be happy with what they've got. We'll be back in a few minutes.
21:35 hrs IST: OUT! Short delivery from Cottrell, Pandey gets a top-edge and it ends up in the gloves of Pooran. Magnificent over, a wicket and just six runs. Ravindra Jadeja comes to the crease. India are 147/5 after 19 overs. Paul to bowl the final six balls.
21:30 hrs IST: Outstanding over from Paul, just six off it. India are 141/4 after 18 overs. Krunal 6*, Pandey 5*. Cottrell to bowl the penultimate over.
21:26 hrs IST: OUT! Yorker from Cottrell, on middle stump, Kohli looks to hit it to the on-side but misses it totally. Krunal Pandya comes to the crease. India are 135/4 after 17 overs. Paul comes back into the attack.
21:20 hrs IST: OUT! Short ball from Thomas, outside off, Pant ends up top-edging it to Pollard at the third man boundary. Another failure for the India No. 4. Manish Pandey comes to the crease. India are 130/3 after 16 overs. Cottrell comes back into the attack.
21:15 hrs IST: FOUR! Kohli hits this in the gap between long-on and deep mid-wicket. Nine off the over. Narine ends with 0/28. India are 126/2 after 15 overs. Kohli 24*, Pant 4*
21:10 hrs IST: OUT! Slower delivery from Thomas, Rohit looks to pull but miscues and Hetmyer, at cover, goes back to complete a good catch. What an innings this for the India vice-captain! 67 off 51. Rishabh Pant comes to the crease. He went for a first-ball duck yesterday. India are 117/2 after 14 overs.
21:04 hrs IST: SIX! Slower ball from Brathwaite, Rohit picks it early and clobbers it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. 13 off the over. India are 111/1 after 13 overs. Rohit 66*, Kohli 16*. Thomas comes back into the attack.
20:59 hrs IST: SIX! Flighted delivery from Pierre, Kohli steps out and pummels it straight down the ground for a maximum. India are 98/1 after 12 overs. Rohit 55*, Kohli 14*. Brathwaite comes back into the attack.
20:56 hrs IST: SIX! Too short from Narine, Rohit rocks back and smashes it over mid-wicket for a maximum. The Indian now has the most sixes (106) in T20Is - Goes past Gayle. Also, Rohit gets his half-century, his 17th in the format. India are 87/1 after 11 overs.
20:52 hrs IST: Another very good over, this time from Pierre. Five off it. Most importantly, no boundary off the last 18 balls. India are 77/1 after 10 overs. Rohit 43*, Kohli 5*
20:48 hrs IST: Nice and tidy over from Narine, only four off it. India are 72/1 after 9 overs. Rohit 41*, Kohli 3*. Khary Pierre comes into the attack.
20:45 hrs IST: OUT! Dhawan looks to hit this behind square, across the line, but misses it completely. Much-needed breakthrough for the Windies. Three wickets in the series so far for Paul. Virat Kohli comes to the crease. India are 68/1 after 8 overs. Narine comes back into the attack.
20:38 hrs IST: FOUR! Good length delivery from the Windies skipper, Dhawan opens the bat face and guides it past short third man. Nine off Brathwaite's first. India are 61/0 after 7 overs. Rohit 38*, Dhawan 18*. Paul again.
20:31 hrs IST: SIX! Juicy full toss from Paul, and Rohit dispatches it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Impressive! India are 52/0 after the end of Powerplay. Rohit 36*, Dhawan 12*. Carlos Brathwaite comes into the attack.
20:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Narine, Dhawan comes down the track and smacks it past the fielder at mid-on. Shot! Moves into double-figures. India are 39/0 after 5 overs. Rohit 23*, Dhawan 12*. Keemo Paul comes into the attack.
20:21 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball, Rohit lifts this over mid-off. Easy pickings. Another expensive over, this time from Cottrell. 13 off it. India are 34/0 after 4 overs. Rohit 22*, Dhawan 8*. First change in bowling. Sunil Narine comes into the attack.
20:16 hrs IST: FOUR! Good length delivery from Thomas, Rohit hits it over the infield to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Costly over from the Windies pacer, 12 off it. India are 21/0 after 3 overs. Rohit 11*, Dhawan 6*
20:12 hrs IST: Fine over from Cottrell, only three off it. India are 9/0 after 2 overs. Rohit 5*, Dhawan 0*. Thomas to continue.
20:06 hrs IST: FOUR! Short of length delivery from Thomas, down leg, Rohit hits this off his hip to the fine leg boundary. India are 6/0 after the first over. Rohit 5*, Dhawan 0*. Sheldon Cottrell comes into the attack.
20:00 hrs IST: Time for live action. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to open. Oshane Thomas to begin proceedings.
19:37 hrs IST: Playing XIs
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Nicholas Pooran(w), Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, K Khaleel Ahmed
19:32 hrs IST: India have won the toss and have opted to bat
19:10 hrs IST: There was a lot of rain in Florida last evening but for now, the sun is out. We should be starting on time.
Meanwhile, Steve Smith has become just the third Australia batsman to score a century in each innings of an Ashes Test on English soil after he brought up his second hundred at Edgbaston.
The former Australia captain scored a magnificent 144 in the first innings of the opening Test and led the charge for the visitors second time around on Sunday.
PROTEAS MOVE ON - Ottis Gibson will not serve as the head coach of South Africa for their forthcoming tour of India after Cricket South Africa (CSA) revealed a revamped management structure for the team which will see the board appoint new administrative staffs in charge of the Proteas. A new football style team manager will take overall charge of all aspects of the team, appointing coaching staff and captains.
18:19 hrs IST: In the first game, five India batsmen got into double-digits as compared to West Indies' two. Today's match will take place on the same pitch. Guess the team batting first would be looking for 120-130.
18:10 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to Outlook's live coverage of the second T20 between India and West Indies.
In Florida on Saturday, Shikhar Dhawan fell cheaply on his return from a thumb injury that prematurely ended his World Cup campaign and India were in trouble at 32/3 when Rohit Sharma (24) and Rishabh Pant (0) holed out off successive balls from Sunil Narine.
Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey contributed 19 apiece to take India close. India's victory was sealed by a six hit from Washington Sundar.
After being asked to bat first, Windies, the defending World T20 champions, lost both openers John Campbell and Evin Lewis for ducks.
Nicholas Pooran looked good, hitting two sixes in his 20, but he and Shimron Hetmyer then fell to consecutive Saini deliveries.
All the six Indian bowlers (Sundar, Saini, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed) took at least a wicket apiece as the hosts failed to get past the 100-run mark.
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