There were talks about India wrapping the series up in Thiruvananthapuram. However, that wasn’t to be it as West Indies steamrolled the hosts and registered an easy victory. India’s weakness while batting first in the T20I format showed once again after they were asked to do so. This is the sixth time in the last nine T20Is when the Men in Blue lost while batting first.
The Indian openers couldn’t make a huge impact this time around. Instead, it was the newbie Shivam Dube who starred with the bat. He registered in maiden T20I fifty in this game and scored 54 off 30 balls. Other valuable contribution in the innings came from Rishabh Pant who remained unbeaten on 33. On a slowish track, the hosts put up a score of 170/7 in 20 overs. Hayden Walsh and Kesrick Williams accounted for two wickets each.
Lendl Simmons guided West Indies to an eight-wicket thumping of India in the second Twenty20 international in Thiruvananthapuram, setting up a series decider in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Despite a slow start, Simmons soon accelerated through the gears and his eye-catching outing included four fours and the same number of sixes.
Simmons finished unbeaten on 67 from 45 balls, having received able support from Evin Lewis (40), Shimron Hetmyer (23) and the returning Nicholas Pooran (38 not out) as the Windies reached a target of 171 with nine deliveries unused.
Shivam Dube had earlier compiled a maiden half-century for the hosts, impressing with 54 from 30 balls after being surprisingly promoted to number three, yet Virat Kohli’s men were ultimately overpowered as West Indies hit 12 sixes to India’s five.