India v WI 2nd T20I: India hold its nerves to seal series
India took an unassailable 2-0 lead against West Indies with a narrow eight-run win in the second T20 International.
India: 186-5 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Ishan Kishan-1.5 ov), 2-59 (Rohit Sharma-7.5 ov), 3-72 (Suryakumar Yadav-9.5 ov), 4-106 (Virat Kohli-13.4 ov), 5-182 (Venkatesh Iyer-19.3 ov)
West Indies: 178-3 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Kyle Mayers-5.1 ov), 2-59 (Brandon King-8.3 ov), 3-159 (Nicholas Pooran-18.3 ov)
Result: India won by eight runs, take a 2-0 lead in the series
At the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday night, India after being asked to bat posted 186 for five in their 20 overs. In their response, West Indies finished on 178 for three.
Earlier, India were well served by a 49 run second wicket stand between captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Then there was another useful 34 run stand for the fourth wicket between Kohli (52: 41b, 7x4, 1x6) and Rishabh Pant. Towards the end India innings finished on a high thanks to a 76 run fifth wicket stand between Pant (52 n.o.: 28b, 7x4, 1x6) and Venkatesh Iyer (33: 18b, 4x4, 1x6). India ended on 186 for five in their 20 overs.
For West Indies the best bowler was Roston Chase (3-25).
In their response, West Indies were off to a sedate start. At 59 for two Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran joined forces. They were aided by dropped catches along the way. Pooran and Powell added 100 runs for the third wicket. Pooran finally fell in the 19th over for 62 off 41 blls with five boundaries and three sixes. Powell struck an unbeaten 68 off 36 balls with four boundaries and five sixes. Unfortunatel West Indies could not cross the line despite a fantastic stand between Pooran and Powell. West Indies finished on 178 for three in their 20 overs in what was captain Kieron Pollard's 100th T20I game. This was India's 100th T20I win.
The third and final T20 International will be played on Sunday at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal
West Indies: Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (wicket-keeper), Roston Chase, Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard (captain), Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Sheldon Cottrell
Toss: West Indies, elected to field
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Start time: 1900 hrs India time
Match officials: Nitin Menon, Virender Sharma (On-field Umpires); Jayaraman Madanagopal (TV Umpire); KN Ananthapadmanabhan (Reserve Umpire); Manu Nayyar (Match-referee)
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