Indian bowlers bowled well and could have gone on to win the match if rain had not spoilt the day for them © AFP
Indian bowlers bowled well and could have gone on to win the match if rain had not spoilt the day for them © AFP

The second T20I between India and West Indies has been called off due to wet outfield. As a result of this, West Indies win the series 1-0. West Indies won the first game of the tournament by one run. India were set a target of 144 and would have been confident of winning the match. Andre Russell opened the bowling for West Indies and was dispatched for a six over long leg by Rohit Sharma in the third ball of the innings. India managed to score 8 off the first over. India managed to get 7 off the next over and the rains started and the covers were brought on after just a couple of overs with India at 15 for no loss. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 2nd T20I at Lauderhill 

A minimum of 5 overs are required to constitute a game. Since there was a delay of 40 minutes at the start, if play had started in 20 minutes after the rain interruption, we would have not had any overs reduced. But with the lack of facilities to drain the water out of the stadium, the match will not see a result, which is a pity as it could have been yet another exciting finish to the match. This is however not the first time in the recent past that a match or the day (in case of Tests) has been abandoned due to wet outfield.

This will be a huge blow for many spectators, who had come into watch the match.  India managed bowl West Indies out for 143 inside 20 overs. After a run feast in the first match, West Indies could not get things going. The wicket had become a bit slow and with the inclusion of leg-spinner Amit Mishra. Live Cricket Updates, IND vs WI, 2nd T20I 2016

Johnson Charles continued his excellent form, finishing with 25-ball 43, which was the highest score for his side. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami once again opened the bowling for India, with Johnson Charles scoring a boundary on the leg side to open the scoring for his side. The first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar yielded just 7 runs. The Indian bowlers were hitting the right lengths today and made it difficult for the West Indies batsmen to get under them.

But Charles connected a short ball from Bhuvneshwar was dispatched with ease over square leg in the third over to bring up the first six of the day.  It was however Shami, who drew first blood for India, dismissing Evin Lewis – the centurion from the first match with a short ball. Lewis was cramped for room and scooped a catch to Amit Mishra at short fine leg.

However, Charles immediately flicked the next ball for a six, followed by a top edge carried the ball to the fence behind MS Dhoni and then another pull to the fence. Charles had already begun to counter-attack after losing his opening partner. Charles continued his onslaught in the next over as well, smashin Bhuvneshwar for 11 runs. Charles’ cameo ended in the very next over with Amit Mishra striking off his very first delivery of his spell, holing out to long on. Charles departed for 25-ball 43 to go with his fifty in the first match.

Dhoni introduced spin from both ends, with Ravindra jadeja coming into bowl at two new batsmen – Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels. He bowled the best over of the series so far, giving away just a single.  Having scored just five off the last two overs, Simmons decided to go after Mishra and hit him inside out to the cover fence to relieve some pressure.

Simmons got a couple of boundaries more in the ninth over off Jadeja, when he cut the ball to the fence on both occasions. Jadeja bowled short, when the field was set for him to bow much fuller. Ravichadran Ashwin was then brought on to bowl the 10th over of the innings. He started off extremely well as he managed to get Simmons stumped down the leg side, bowling around the wicket. Simmons charged down the track, but Ashwin quickly darted the ball outside leg and Dhoni did the rest. That brought Andre Fletcher to the crease. At the half way stage, West Indies were 76 for 3. West Indies were 132 for 1 at the end of 10 overs yesterday.

Jasprit Bumrah was called on to bowl the 11th over, He removed Samuels off his very first delivery for 5, edging one to Dhoni. He overstepped in the over and new batsman Kieron Pollard smashed the full toss over the bowler’s head for a boundary. Pollard ended the over well as he flicked the ball over the deep mid-wicket fence with minimum fuss. But his stay was short-lived as Ashwin trapped him in front after Pollard failed to read the carom ball. West Indies had lost half their side inside 12 overs.

Bumrah struck again in the very next over, bowling Andre Fletcher for 3 off an excellent Yorker on off stump. India were right on top at the moment and perhaps believed that they could bow West Indies out. Ashwin then followed it up with a good over, giving away just 4.

Andre Russell managed to relieve some pressure by smashing Bumrah over the square leg fence, but Bumrah then responded with a magnificent Yorker. Mishra was then brought into the attack in the next over. He struck off the very first delivery again, getting rid of Dwayne Bravo for 3, missing the ball completely, charging down the track.

Russell and Carlos Brathwaite had a big task in their hand, with four overs to go. They had to score quickly and also ensure that they do not get bowled out as well. Russell mistimed one to Virat Kohli at long off, giving Bhuvneshwar his first wicket of the match. Brathwaite however managed to strike a huge six of Mishra in the 18th over, but Mishra then followed it up with some good deliveries, not giving away much after that. The icing on the cake was when he bowled Brathwaite a couple of deliveries after he was struck for a six, failing to read a wrong one off Mishra.

In the end, India managed to bowl West Indies out for a meager score and would have backed themselves to go on and win the match from here.

There was a 40-minute delay to the beginning of the match due to technical issues. The broadcast was stopped halfway through the toss and took some time in getting things sorted. However, India won the toss once again and decided to bowl first, just like they did in the first match.

India made one change to their playing XI from the first game. They got in leg-spinner Amit Mishra in place of Stuart Binny, who conceded 32 in his only over. West Indies on the other hand went in with an unchanged side as a result, Chris Gayle stayed out yet again.

India came within touching distance of winning the first T20I. West Indies had set India a target of 246 to win. India managed to score 244. With two needed off the final delivery skipper Dhoni lobbed the ball to Marlon Samuels at short third man. Dwayne Bravo bowled the final over of that match, with India needing just eight to win. He gave away just six runs, giving West Indies a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Brief Scores:

West Indies 143 in 19.4 Overs (Johnson Charles 43, Lendl Simmons 19; Amit Mishra 3 for 24, Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 11) vs India 15 for 0 (Rohit Sharma 10*, Ajinkya Rahane 4*) Match abandoned due to wet outfield.

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