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India lose series against West Indies as 2nd T20I abandoned due to rain

India lose series against West Indies as 2nd T20I abandoned due to rain

It was a disappointing end to the two-match series between India and West Indies, which promised a lot after the run-fest thriller on Saturday, as the final Twenty20 International was abandoned due to rain at Lauderhill, Florida on Sunday. The rain though lasted less than half-an-hour, but the wet outfield could not be rectified for the resumption of the match due to the lack of super soppers in the ground.

West Indies won the series 1-0 by virtue of their dramatic one-run victory in the first game at the same venue. The result though have no impact on the standings of the two teams in the ICC T20I rankings as India remained at second spot ahead of West Indies.

After electing to bowl first, Indian bowlers produced a much improved performance to bundle out West Indies for 143 in 19.4 overs. And as soon as the India chase began the rain started. Rohit Sharma (10*) and Ajinkya Rahane (4*) were at the crease with India on 15 for no loss, when the covers were brought in and the match was stopped after two overs in the second innings.

Earlier, the match started after a delay of 40 minutes due to some technical issues but it was a refreshing sight to see Bhuvneshwar Kumar started off with two dot balls. Dhoni’s decision to field was vindicated by his bowlers with Amit Mishra leading the attack with three wickets for 24 and was well supported by Ravichandran Ashwin (2-11) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-26).

Opener Johnson Charles who scored 25-ball 43, with the help of two sixes and five fours, was the only one to impress with the bat for West Indies today.

Bhuvneshwar’s first two overs saw seven dot balls, but it was Mohammed Shami who gave India an early break when the pacer got the prize scalp of Evin Lewis in the fourth over for seven. But Charles continued from where he left yesterday, and smashed Shami for six and two fours in the next three balls. And with another two consecutive boundaries off Bhuvneshwar in the next over, Charles took West Indies to 50 in just five overs.

India made one change in their playing eleven, bringing in Mishra in place of medium pacer Stuart Binny – who was thrashed for five consecutive sixes by Lewis on Saturday, and it paid dividend immediately as the leg spinner struck with his first ball to dismiss the marauding Charles. The West Indian mistimed the leggie and Ajinkya Rahane made no mistake at long-on to reduce Windies to 50/2 after 5.1 overs.

 Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons (19) tried to steady the innings after two quick wickets, and added run-a-ball 26 before Ashwin outsmarted Simmons in the tenth over. Ashwin saw Simmons charging out and bowled outside the leg, which was collected brilliantly by Dhoni to stump the right-hander.
Another bowling change worked for India again, when Bumrah too struck with his first ball and removed Samuels to left Windies tottering at 76/4 after 10.1 overs. Kieron Pollard hit Bumrah for four and a six in the same over but couldn’t stay longer in middle, becoming the second victim of Ashwin in the next over. West Indies failed to recover after losing half the side for 92 inside 12 overs, as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Carlos Brathwaite, 18 off 10 balls, used his long handle to score some quick runs in the end before they were all out with two balls to spare.
Brief Scores: India 15/0 in two overs vs West Indies 143 all out (Johnson Charles 43; Amit Mishra 3-24, Ravichandran Ashwin 2-11)

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