Lucknow, Nov 6: It was a perfect Diwali gift for the Indian cricket fans as a dominant Team India thrashed a listless West Indies side by 71 runs in the second Twenty20 International here on Tuesday (November 6).
Riding on the record fourth T20I ton from Rohit Sharma (111* off 61), India wrapped up the series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead as cricket returned to Lucknow after an exile of 24 years. Rohit made the celebration greater with his sensational batting effort which was laced with seven sixes and eight boundaries.
The Mumbaikar carried his bat through to help India post a massive total of 195/2 on the board after Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite won the toss and invited the hosts to bat. After a sluggish start, Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (43) switched gears and stitched another century partnership for the first wicket.
By the time Dhawan was dismissed in the 13th over, Rohit had already done the damage and Rishabh Pant (4) too failed to get to a good start. However, KL Rahul (26* off 14) along with Rohit ensured the hosts post a decent total on the board at the 52nd international venue in India.
Chasing the massive total, Windies lost their opener in the second over itself as left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed cleaned up Shai Hope for 6. The youngster also gave India their second success by getting rid of Shimron Hetmyer (15). Khaleel finished his full quota of 4 overs for 2/30.
Later, Kuldeep Yadav (2/32), Jasprit Bumrah (2/20) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/12) were also equally good with the ball as the Indians never let the pressure off the visitors.
Krunal Pandya (0/23) remained wicketless but he was very disciplined with his spin bowling but effected a brilliant run out.
It was a ruthless effort from the Indians overall as they hardly did anything wrong. The only setback the Men In Blue had was their captain failed to win the toss since then everything was as per the script.
Rohit was named the man of the match for his incredible knocks as he became the first batsman to slam four T20I centuries apart from becoming the leading run-scorer for India in the T20Is. He's surpassed Virat Kohli to become the leading run scorer. The right-handed batsman is second on the list of leading T20I run-getters. Only New Zealand's Martin Guptill is ahead of Rohit.
As it happened:
It's all over! Convincing Win 👏🏏Dominant India beat Windies by 71 runs and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. After captain Rohit slammed a superb ton, bowlers put up a brilliant show to restrict WI to 124/9 in 20 overs.
Wicket! Jasprit Bumrah gets another wicket off his own bowling. Khary Pierre (1) gives a simple catch to the bowler and the Indians are not even celebrating. WI - 116/9 after 19.2 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar at his clinical best tonight as he finishes with 4-0-12-2. WI - 115/8 after 19 overs.
Wicket! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets his second wicket of the innings and Keemo Paul (20) has to depart. Rohit Sharma takes the third catch of the innings. The skipper is hardly doing anything wrong tonight. WI - 114/8 in 18.5 overs.
SIX! Carlos Brathwaite hits Kuldeep for a maximum. 19 runs, including 3 sixes came from that over and Windies reach 112/7 in 18 overs. The chinaman finishes with 4-0-32-2.
16 overs have been bowled and West Indies 88/7. Carlos Brathwaite (6*) and Keemo Paul (3*) are present into the middle. The visitors need 108 more runs from 24 balls.
After 15 overs, Windies are 84/7. Krunal Pandya ends his quota of four overs for 23/0. He effected a run out though in this innings, so far.
Run Out! Fabian Allen departs without scoring as a direct hit from Krunal Pandya ends his stay. Miscommunication between Allen and Brathwaite costs the former. WI - 81/7 after 13.5 overs.
Wicket! Denesh Ramdin flicks Bhuvneshwar Kumar towards but finds Rohit Sharma. He has to depart for 10. WI - 81/6.
4 byes! Krunal Pandya - the spinner - bowls a bouncer to Carlos Brathwaite and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was surprised with that and couldn't keep it. That bouncer took everyone by surprise.
India lose review! India go upstairs to review the LBW appeal against Ramdin but the ball tracker showed it was missing the leg stumps. WI 71/5 after 12.1 overs against India.
Wicket! Kieron Pollard top-edges the brilliantly directed short-pitched ball from Jasprit Bumrah and he takes an easy catch off his own bowling. It's the second time the Mumbai Indians' batsman has been dismissed by his MI teammate. Krunal in the last game, this time it's Bumrah. Pollard departs for 6 this time. WI - 68/5.
Rohit gets praised for his brilliant reflex catch at slip. Master Blaster has a word of praise for the skipper.
Four! Kieron Pollard hits Kuldeep straight down the ground and the ball raced towards long-off boundary for four. West Indies have reached 67/4 after 10 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav makes the immediate impact in his very first over as he gets two in it. 7.3 - Darren Bravo (23) edges and Rohit takes a superb catch at slip. Rohit had a reaction time of 0.41 seconds. WI - 48/3. 7.6 - Cleans up Nicolas Pooran with a wrong'un. The new-man-in departs for 4. Windies - 52/4 after 8 overs.
Wicket! Shimron Hetmyer tries to clear Khaleel Ahmed over long-on but failed to time it well and Shikhar Dhawan takes a simple catch at long-on. Second consecutive wicket for Khaleel. WI - 33/2 after 5.3 overs.
After 5 overs, Windies have reached 29/1.
0,0Wd,0,1,4,0,4 = 10 runs came from that over. Shimron Hetmyer hits two brilliant boundaries off Khaleel Ahmed. He hadn't hit any four prior to this over and now he has hit 2. His team needs more big shots from him. WI - 23/1 after 4 overs
0,0,0,1,1,0! Just two runs conceded by Bhuvneshwar Kumar from his second over. The knuckle-balls were already into the use from the pacer, especially after being hit for a maximum in the first over. WI - 13/1 after 3 overs.
Windies are 11/1 after 2 overs. Darren Bravo opened his account with a boundary.
Wicket! Khaleel Ahmed cleans up Shai Hope for 6 as the batsman missed the ball completely and the ball castled into the stumps. Windies - 7/1 after 1.3 overs.
6 runs came from the first over! Shai Hope opens his and team's account with a maximum off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. It wasn't a bad delivery but credit to the batsman for playing a fine shot straight over the bowler's head. WI - 6/0 after 1 over.
Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer - the in-form West Indies batsmen - are opening the innings. Hetmyer hasn't opened the innings before but he's a good batsman in the powerplays. Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts with the new ball for India.
Most sixes in a T20I (India): 10 Rohit Sharma v SL, Indore, 2017 8 KL Rahul v SL, Indore, 2017 7 Yuvraj v Eng, Durban, 2007 7 Yuvraj v Pak, Ahmedabad, 2012 7 Rohit Sharma v WI, Lucknow, 2018
End of the innings! 20 runs came from the last over and India have posted 195/2 in 20 overs. Hitman Rohit Sharma slams his 4th T20I century. The skipper carried his bat through at 111*. Shikhar Dhawan played a fine knock of 43 runs and stitched a century partnership with Rohit. KL Rahul played a brilliant cameo with the bat as he scored 26* off 14 balls.
That's a Century! Rohit Sharma reaches his fourth T20I Century with consecutive boundaries. He's the first man to get to 4 T20I tons. It came off 58 deliveries.
Dropped! KL Rahul gets a breather as Pollard couldn't hold on to the running catch. Keemo Paul bowled a tidy over as he conceded just 6 from it. India - 175/2 after 19 overs. Can Rohit reach his 3rd T20I ton tonight, he's 8 short.
SIX!!! KL Rahul too joins the party and this is the first maximum that didn't come from the blade of Rohit Sharma. 21 runs came from that over. India - 169/2 after 18 overs. Rahul - 20* Rohit - 91*
Pant squandering the opportunities!
Pant comes and goes, not for the first time playing to the gallery. Must understand and such opportunities are not to be squandered— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 6, 2018
Wicket! Rishabh Pant goes for a maximum and finds the fielder, his innings comes to an end for 5. The youngster was promoted to play big strokes and he's been dismissed attempting just that. However, he shouldn't have played that reckless shot and threw his wicket away. Disappointing that he's never really lived up to the expectation in the limited-overs. India - 133/2 after 15.2 overs. Hope it's not a batting collapse for India from here.
Rishabh Pant has been promoted over KL Rahul as India have lost the wicket in the 14th over. Can Rishabh make use of the opportunity?
Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan sweeps Allen against the spin but fails to get the distance and Nicolas Pooran takes a brilliant catch in the deep. Dhawan's innings comes to an end for 43. Allen gets the first breakthrough. India - 123/1 after 14 overs.
Fifty! Rohit Sharma gets to his half-century with a double as it came from just 38 balls. The skipper plays a fabulous cut shot and takes India to 💯 in the 13th over. A superb opening partnership between these two.
7 runs were conceded by Fabian Allen despite getting hit for a boundary on the first delivery, good recovery from the spinner in the next 5 deliveries. India - 96/0 after 12. Rohit - 49* Shikhar - 40*
1,1,0,1Wd,2,1! 6 runs came from the 11over as India reach 89/0. Rohit and Shikhar are cruising at the moment.
89-0 from 11 looks good but India need to get a move on. If indeed there is dew later, could need 185-190— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 6, 2018
India had scored 11 from the first three overs and in the next 7 overs, they've posted 72 without losing any wickets.
5 runs leaked by Fabian Allen from that over and India reached 83/0 after 10 overs. It seems a good start but will the Indians be able to convert it into a big total that is sufficient enough to defend here. Windies would be having the advantage of chasing.
4,1,6,0,4,1! 16 runs came from that over from Carlos Brathwaite. He almost had a wicket in that over had Keemo Paul not spilled it. India - 78/0 after 9 overs.
Shikhar Dhawan survives as he slogged Brathwaite for a maximum but it's a long boundary and Keemo Paul puts down a sitter and the ball also gets converted into a boundary to the bowler's dismay.
1000 T20I runs for Shikhar Dhawan with a single. He becomes the sixth Indian after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni to 1000+ runs in the shortest format of the game.
12 runs came from the final over of the powerplay and India have reached 49/0 after 6 overs. Good recovery from the Indians after the first three overs were quite for them.
SIX!!! Rohit Sharma hits the second maximum of the match and this one was hit towards long-on. It would have been a big six anywhere in the world.
0,6,1Nb,4,0,4,1!!! 17 runs came from that over bowled by Thomas. Both Rohit and Shikhar freed their arms against the pacer. India - 37/0 after 5 overs.
SIX!!! Rohit Sharma hammers Oshane Thomas over long-off for a maximum. It was once again an effortless shot and with that shot the HITMAN has surpassed Virat Kohli to become the leading run-scorer for India in T20Is. 2108 T20I runs for Rohit. Virat has scored 2102 runs in T20Is.
4,1,2,1,0,1! 9 runs came from the first over bowled by Khary Pierre. Rohit smashed him for a boundary on the very first delivery and that was the first four of the match. We might not see too many boundaries at this venue as the boundaries are quite long.
4 runs came from the second over bowled by Oshane Thomas. He's mixing it up well at the moment. India - 11/0 after 3 overs.
7 runs came from the second over for India. Keemo Paul bowled a No Ball by over-stepping in that over as well but Shikhar Dhawan - the man on strike for Free Hit - failed to score any runs off it.
Oshane Thomas starts with a maiden over as no runs were scored from the first one. Rohit Sharma played all six dot balls. Good positive start from the young Thomas.
Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are opening the innings for India and in-form Oshane Thomas is going to start with the new ball for the Windies. He was in imperious form the other night and team must be hoping for a repeat of the previous night when he rattled the Indian top-order with his pace.
As both the teams are unaware of the pitch it is going to be an evenly poised match from ball one as they will be assessing the surface initially.
Presenting the new cricket venue in India.
The last international cricket match Lucknow hosted was 24 years ago.— UPCA (@UPCACricket) November 6, 2018
Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium becomes India's 52nd International Cricket Venue
Wishing both teams @BCCI & @windiescricket best of luck for the 2nd T20I #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/LjIpA7A5fI
Windies (Playing XI): Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Fabian Allen, Khary Pierre, Oshane Thomas.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik(w), Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed.
Both the teams have made one change each. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has replaced Umesh Yadav in the Indian side. Nicolas Pooran has been included in the Windies Playing XI and Rovman Powell has been benched.
Toss: West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite has won the toss and elected to chase as it is the first international game at this venue.
Some stats about this venue.
A total of 19 wickets fell via LBW during last year's Ranji game between Uttar Pradesh & Railways at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow (Only 3rd instance in FC history).— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) November 6, 2018
UP were bowled out for 72 chasing 94 in the same game (The 2nd lowest defended total in India FC cricket). #INDvWI
Hello and welcome to the live updates from the second T20I from Lucknow. International cricket has returned to the City of Nawabs after an exile of 24 years.