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WI vs IND: West Indies Defeat India In A Close Encounter, Take 2-0 Lead In T20I Series

WI vs IND: West Indies Defeat India In A Close Encounter, Take 2-0 Lead In T20I Series
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In a thrilling encounter at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday (August 6), West Indies emerged victorious over India by a margin of 2 wickets in the second T20I of the five-match series. After winning the toss and opting to bat first, India managed to post a total of 152/7, thanks to young talent Tilak Varma’s debut half-century in only his second international appearance.

West Indies faced early setbacks, but Nicholas Pooran’s aggressive innings (67 off 40) kept them in contention. Despite a dramatic batting collapse following Pooran’s dismissal, Alzarri Joseph and Akeal Hosein guided the home team to victory. With this win, the Caribbean team now leads the series 2-0.

Akeal Hosein showcased his batting prowess with a commanding boundary, driving a full delivery outside the off stump down the ground. The ball sped away, leaving mid-off with no chance. Akeal celebrated in his unique “blocking out the noise” style. This triumph marks West Indies’ first back-to-back T20I victories against India.

Nicholas Pooran’s impressive performance stood out for West Indies, as he scored a brisk 67 runs off 40 balls, including 6 fours and 4 sixes. Hetmyer contributed 22 runs off 22 balls, while Captain Rovman Powell added 21 runs off 19 balls. Kyle Meyers chipped in with 15 runs, featuring 2 fours and a six before the team faced a trio of zero-run dismissals involving Brandon King, Jason Holder, and Shepherd.

Hardik Pandya was the lone fighter from the Men in Blue

Hardik Pandya Rohit Sharma
Hardik Pandya. Photo: AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan

Captain Hardik Pandya was India’s standout bowler, securing 3 wickets for 35 runs in 4 overs. Arshdeep Singh also took a wicket, conceding 34 runs in 4 overs, while Ravi Bishnoi gave away 31 runs without a wicket.

India set a target of 152 runs in 20 overs, losing 7 wickets in the process. The standout performance came from Tilak Varma, who scored 51 runs off 41 balls, including 5 fours and a six. Ishaan Kishan added 27 runs off 23 balls, featuring 2 fours and 2 sixes, while Hardik Pandya contributed 24 runs.

Akshar Patel managed 14 runs before getting out, while Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi added 6 and 8 runs respectively. Suryakumar Yadav scored 1 run, while Shubman Gill added 7 runs.

Alzarri Joseph and Romario Shepherd both claimed 2 wickets for West Indies, conceding 28 runs in 4 overs and 3 overs respectively. Hussain also secured 2 wickets, giving away 29 runs in 4 overs.

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