Inclement weather conditions denied the fans a gripping finish but it still couldn't come in the way of Team India securing their first T20I series win of 2019. With West Indies requiring 70 runs off 27 balls, an armageddon of sorts developed around the Lauderhill stadium. With the fear of imminent lightning and the eventual rain, the officials took the players off. The game was eventually called off with the Men in Blue securing a 22-run as per the DLS par score.
Here's what happened in the 2nd T20I-
Rohit & Dhawan get India off to a flyer-
India got off to a rollicking start courtesy Rohit Sharma. The right-hander once again looked in sublime form and took the attack to Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell early on in the innings. Shikhar Dhawan got a reprieve in the first over when West Indies decided to review a caught-behind off Oshane Thomas.
The West Indians were wayward in their line and lengths, bowling a plethora of wides in the powerplay. Sharma took a full toll on every loose delivery bowled by the bowlers. Rohit's belligerence ensured that India made full use of the first six overs. At the end of six overs: the score read 0-52. This was Rohit and Dhawan's 10th 50-plus stand-in T20I cricket.
Most 50-plus partnership in T20Is-
Dhawan looked to be getting back into his groove when he dabbed Braithwaite for a boundary past third-man but the southpaw flattered to deceive once again as his stumps were rattled courtsey an ugly hoike across the line.
Rohit breaks Gayle's record before a collapse ensues
Dhawan"s dismissal did not deter the rampaging Rohit Sharma. The right-hander continued to flay the West Indian attack, stroking his way to his 17th half-century and also eclipsing Chris Gayle's record for the most number of sixes in T20I cricket.
Most sixes in T20Is-
Rohit Sharma- 107
Chris Gayle- 105
Martin Guptill- 103
Colin Munro- 92
Kohli too quickly got into his groove, announcing his arrival with a shimmy down the track to hit Pierre for an audacious six over the bowlers head.
But just as the duo was looking to take the game away from the hosts, Oshane Thomas got the prized scalp of Sharma, triggering a collapse of sorts, with Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli the following suit.
Pant did what he does best, continuing his spree of reckless stroke-making. On a ball that was way outside off, Pant in an attempt to dab the ball past third-man managed to top-edge it straight to Kieron Pollard. Virat Kohli followed suit after his middle-stump went for a cartwheel courtsey a failed flick against Cottrell across the line. Cottrell filled it up with another great delivery at the expense of Manish Pandey. With Pandey running down the track, Cottrell adjusted the length brilliantly, Pandey still went for the pull only to get succumbed by the rising bounce.
Pandya & Jadeja provide the much-needed momentum in the last over
With just 30 runs coming in the past six overs, India desperately needed impetus in the final over to seek some momentum going into the innings break. And, the duo of Jadeja and Pandya did just that. Krunal started it by smoking two consecutive sixes while Jadeja backed it up with another maximum to take the total to 5-167 after 20 overs.
Sundar knock over the WI openers, again
Chasing 168, West Indies needed to maximize their first six overs and the success of their opening pair in Narine and Lewis was the center to their aspirations. But just like the first T20I, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Washington Sundar got India off to a great start.
Bhuvi continued his stranglehold over Evin Lewis- this time dismissing him via a superb return catch- while Sundar knocked over Narine to leave the hosts reeling at 2-9.
Powell takes the attack to the Indians; Pandya's double strike pegs Windies back
Rovman Powell made his intentions clear from the outset. The right-hander clubbed Ahmed for two boundaries and six, taking full advantage of the fullish length by the left-hander. Saini wasn't spared either. The right-hander used the pace of Saini to his advantage to take him for a couple of boundaries in his second over.
The right-hander got to his 50 in just 30 balls and he celebrated it with an audacious straight drive off Saini. Pooran (19 off 34 balls), on the other hand, struggled to get his timing and eventually holed out courtesy a brilliant catch from Pandey at wide long-on. One wicket brought two for Pandya (and a big scalp) in the form of a rampaging Rovman Powell, who was pinned right in front of the wicket. WI: 4-89 after 14 overs.
Jadeja nearly gets Pollard & Hetmayer before rain halts play
With 79 required off the last six overs, Pollard made his intentions clear in Jadeja's first overtaking him for a boundary straight down the ground. But Jaddu nearly got Pollard had he completed the one-handed return catch. Shimron Hetmayer too got a reprieve in the same over when Kohli failed to grab a mistimed pull at short mid-wicket.
But just as it was promising to be a crack finish, inclement weather conditions intervened to halt the proceedings.
India [5-167, Rohit 67, Cottrell 2-25] beat West Indies [4-98, Rovman Powell 54, Pollard 8*, Pandya 2-23] by 22 runs [DLS Method]