IND vs WI 2nd T20: West Indies defeated India by 2 wickets in the second T20 International on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Opting to bat first, India scored 152 for 7 in their 20 overs. Tilak Varma top-scored for the visitors with a 41-ball 51, while Shreyas Iyer contributed 28. Akeal Hosein was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies, taking 2 for 22.
In reply, West Indies reached their target with seven balls to spare. Nicholas Pooran was the star of the show, scoring 67 off 40 balls. He was well supported by Rovman Powell, who made 30.
The Indian team will be hoping to improve their performance in the upcoming ODI series against West Indies.
Here are some of the reasons for India’s poor performance:
- Inconsistent batting: The Indian batsmen failed to build partnerships in both matches. They were either too aggressive or too defensive, and they did not find the right balance.
- Ineffective bowling: The Indian bowlers were unable to put pressure on the West Indies batsmen. They were too predictable, and they did not bowl enough variations.
- Poor fielding: The Indian fielders dropped a few catches in both matches. This also contributed to their losses.
The third T20 International will be played on Wednesday in Guyana.
Here are the key takeaways from the match:
- Pooran’s performance: Nicholas Pooran was in scintillating form, scoring 67 off 40 balls. He hit 5 fours and 4 sixes, and was particularly destructive against the spinners. His innings was the difference between the two teams.
- India’s batting woes: India’s batting has been a concern in recent months, and it was no different in this match. They were once again unable to build partnerships, and they lost wickets at regular intervals. They will need to find a way to score more runs if they want to win the series.
- Hosein’s bowling: Akeal Hosein was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies, taking 2 for 22. He bowled with good control and variation, and he was able to extract turn from the pitch.
Overall, it was a good performance by West Indies, and they deserved to win. India will need to improve their batting if they want to level the series.