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2nd T20I: Record-breaking Rohit powers India to series win!

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22:27   Record-breaking Rohit powers India to series win!


WI 124-9 (20 ovs) vs India 195-2 | Scorecard

Captain Rohit Sharma led from the front with a blistering century as India routed West Indies by 71 runs to seal the three-match T20I series 2-0 with one game to spare, in the second T20 International in Lucknow on Tuesday.

Rohit blasted an unbeaten 111 from 61 balls to power India to 195 for two in 20 overs after they were put into bat.

The West Indies never got going with the bat and finished on a disappointing 124 for nine in their 20 overs with Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed picking up two wickets each.

It was a batting masterclass from Rohit as he slammed an unbeaten 111 off 61 balls, entertaining the packed gathering at the at the newly-built Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium, which made it's international debut.

Rohit achieved twin milestones, first by surpassing regular captain Virat Kohli to become India's highest run-scorer in T20 Internationals followed by most number of centuries in shortest format.

Rohit hit an unbeaten 111 off 61 balls to complete his fourth ton in T20 Internationals. When he reached a personal score of 11, he surpassed Kohli's India record of 2101 runs.

22:25   India destroy Windies to seal T20I series


WI 124-9 (20 ovs) vs India 195-2 | Scorecard

Kuldeep comes back into the attack. He starts with a wicket off the very first delivery as Paul attempts the reverse sweep but is hit on the pads and the ball is taken by the wicketkeeper.

The Indians appeal which is ruled out by the on-field umpire before Paul decides to take the review.

The Ultra Edge confirms that there is no edge or glove before the ball struck the pads. And the ball tracker shows the ball was turning sharply and would have missed the off-stump which means the decision is overturned.

Having survived the close call, Paul steps down the track to the next ball and launches it over the long-on fence for a six. He slog sweeps the next ball powerfully over the midwicket fence for another six.

He takes a single off the next ball before Brathwaite shows no intent and defends the fifth ball back to the bowler.

But Brathwaite shows his power game as he lofts the last ball back over the bowler's head for a straight six, the third of the over, which goes for 19 runs.

Bhuvneshwar to bowl the penultimate over. Paul throws his bat at a wide delivery but can't beat point before he is completely foxed by the slower ball from the pacer.

He clips the third ball to fine leg for two runs before Paul holes out a simple catch to Rohit at mid-off to perish for 20.

Bumrah to bowl the final over. He starts with a yorker which Pierre digs out followed by a wide before the left-hander lofts a simple catch back to the bowler to perish for one.

Oshane Thomas gets off the mark with a delightful boundary as he flicks a full delivery through midwicket for a four.

The left-hander then blasts the fifth ball straight down the ground for another boundary.
22:07   Windies batsmen struggle; India set for huge win


WI 93-7 (17 ovs) vs India 195-2 | Scorecard

Pandya nearly strikes with the ball in the next over. Keemo Paul attempts the slog and misses as the ball narrowly misses the leg stump. He has another swing off the next ball and fails to make contact again.

Just two runs from the over as Pandya finishes with tidy figures of 23 runs from his four overs.

Bumrah comes back for a fresh spell and he does well to concede just four runs from his third over.

Left-arm fast bowler Khaleel is called back into the attack. Paul picks one from the first ball before Brathwaite clips the third ball through midwicket for a couple and then takes one.

Paul keeps strike with a single from the last ball as Windies struggles to 93 for seven in 17 overs, needing 103 runs from three overs for victory.
21:57   Windies 7 down; India in control


WI 82-7 (14 ovs) vs India 195-2 | Scorecard

Carlos Brathwaite in all sorts of trouble as he tries to sweep Kuldeep but is beaten by the googly. But he gets the sweep right two balls later and gets two runs to deep square leg as Bhuvneshwar fumbles.

Brathwaite struggling to read Kuldeep as he is beaten off the last ball of the over.

In the next over, Pandya has a huge appeal for leg before wicket against Ramdin turned down by umpire Nandan. The Indians after a slight discussion decide to take the review. But the ball is going in with the arm and missing the leg stump which sees India lose their review.

He bowls another one down the leg side as Karthik fails to gather to give away two wides.

Left-arm spinner Pandya tries the bouncer which goes high over Brathwaite and also beats the dive from wicketkeeper Karthik to earn Windies five wides.

Pandya has struggled with his control and conceded 21 runs from his three overs.

India keep juggling their bowlers around as Bhuvneshwar comes back into the attack. He continues India's wicket ways as he sends back Ramdin, who goes for the flick but is caught at square leg by Rohit for 10.

India strike again off the very next delivery. Fabian Allen attempts a quick run but is sent back halfway down but Pandya catches him short with a direct hit from the covers.

Windies are reeling on 82 for seven in 14 overs, needing another 114 runs from six overs for victory at an asking rate of 19, with just three wickets in hand.
21:43   Pollard fails with the bat; Windies in trouble


WI 68-5 (11 ovs) vs India 195-2 | Scorecard

Pandya bowls a wide down the leg side as he tries the quicker ball and it beats wicketkeeper Karthik for five wides.

Five singles apart from that as Krunal concedes 10 runs in his second over.

Ramdin drives Kuldeep down to long-on for a single before Pollard smashes the next ball powerfully straight back past the bowler for a four.

Kuldeep does well to make a good comeback with four dot balls in a row as Windies reach 67 for four in 10 overs. They need another 129 runs from the remaining 10 overs for victory, with six wickets in hand.

Bumrah comes back into the attack and strikes with the key wicket of Mumbai Indians team mate Pollard. He gets a top edge trying to play the pull shot and the bowler Bumrah does well to take the catch despite Pollard trying to distract him at the very last minute.

Windies continue to slip as they are reduced to 68 for five after 11 overs.
21:43   Windies lose 4th wicket


WI 52-4 (8 ovs) vs India 195-2 | Scorecard

Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya comes into the attack. Bravo drives the second ball to long-off for one and Ramdin clips the third ball on the leg side for a single.

Bravo drills the fifth ball wide of the fielder at long-on for two runs and then smashes the last ball straight down the ground beating the dive from Dhawan at long-off for a four to take his score to 23.

Left-arm chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack. And he strikes in his very first over with the wicket of Bravo, who gets the edge and is caught by Rohit at slip to perish for 23 from 18 balls. The India captain does well to react quickly and hold on to a sharp catch with barely any time to get his hands on it.

Nicholas Pooran is beaten off the first ball before he paddle sweeps the next ball for a four to get off the mark.

Pooran is completely deceived by the wrong one as he plays for the leg-spinner and is bowled for four.
21:18   Hetmyer out for 15; Windies in trouble


WI 39-2 (6 ovs) vs India 195-2 | Scorecard

Khaleel bowls a wide down the leg side to Bravo before the left-hander takes a single. Hetmyer powerfully smashes a length ball from the pacer past mid-on for a four. Two balls later, he pulls a short ball over the midwicket region for another boundary as Windies look to counter-attack after a slow wicket.

Jasprit Bumrah is called into the attack in place of Bhuvneshwar, who bowled a tight spell of two overs for eight runs.

The second ball is down the leg side as Bravo glances it fine for a four and then inside edges the next ball for a single.

A single to Hetmyer off the last ball as Bumrah concedes just six in his first over.

In the next over, Hetmyer steers a wide ball from Khaleel fine on the off-side for a four. He tries to loft the next ball back over the bowler's head but ends up hitting it straight into the hands of Dhawan at long-on.

Hetmyer perishes for 15 as Windies are reduced to 33 for two in the sixth over.

Denesh Ramdin gets off the mark with a single before Bravo nudges a full toss off his pads fine on the leg side for a four followed by another single.

Windies are 39 for two in six overs, needing another 157 runs from 14 overs for victory.
21:05   Windies lose early wicket after India post 195


WI 13-1 (3 ovs) vs India 195-2 | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the bowling for India in front of his home fans. He starts with three dot balls in a row to Shai Hope before the right-hander lofts the fourth ball back over the bowler's head for a straight six to get off the mark in grand style.

Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed from the other end. Shimron Hetmyer gets off the mark with a single before Khaleel cleans up Hope for six as the right-hander plays all over a straight delivery.

Left-hander Darren Bravo wastes no time in getting going as he pulls the last ball for a four to get off the mark.

Hetmyer plays and misses as Bhuvneshwar foxes him with a slower ball as the pacer gives away just two singles in the over.
20:37   Rohit blasts 61-ball 111 to power India to 195


India 195-2 (20 ovs) vs WI | Scorecard

Pacer Paul comes back into the attack. Rohit takes a single off the first ball on the leg side before Rahul drives the next ball through the coves for two runs.

Rahul tries to reverse the next but fails to make connection. He lofts the fourth ball back over the bowler's head but fails to get hold of it as Pollard running in from long-on puts down a tough chance diving forward.

Good bowling from Paul as he bowls another dot ball to Rahul, who manages just a single off the last ball as the pacer gives away just six runs in the 19th over.

Brathwaite to bowl the final over. Rahul takes a single off the first ball to bring Rohit back on strike, who is batting on 92.

The bowler delivers a full toss as Rohit throws his bat but gets a thick outside edge past short thirdman for a four.

Rohit then walks across and paddles a full toss the fast bowler over short fine leg for a boundary to complete his century in grand style from 58 balls.

And it goes from bad to worse for the Windies. Rohit defends the third ball on the off-side and looks for a quick single as Brathwaite tries to hit the stumps at the batting end but misses and gives away four over throws.

Rohit then lofts a full delivery over long-off for a six and picks a single off the last ball.

He finishes on a quickfire 111 not out from 61 balls, including eight fours and seven sixes, to power India to a huge 195 for two in their 20 overs.

Rahul finished on 26 from 14 balls as India dominated with the bat after they were put into bat.
20:27   Rohit closes in on century; India set for huge score


India 169-2 (18 ovs) vs WI | Scorecard

Windies captain Brathwaite comes back into the attack. Two singles off the first two balls before Rahul drills the third ball through the covers for a four. He makes room and slashes the next ball square on the off-side for another boundary.

Rahul then tries to paddle the fast bowler but ends up deflecting a full toss off his bat on to the grill of his helmet for a single and Rohit keeps strike with one from the last ball.

Rohit comes down the track and lofts spinner Pierre back over his head for a straight six despite getting it off the bottom of the bat.

Pierre gifts Rohit a full toss which he hits through the gap between point and short thirdman for a four to take his score into the 90s.

Rohit takes a quiet single on the off-side before Pierre struggles with his line and ends up bowling two wides in a row.

Rahul joins in the party as he clubs a length ball straight back over the bowler's head for a six.

He reverse sweeps the last ball and picks up a couple as he fails to make clean connection as Pierre goes for 21 runs in the over.
20:18   Pant falls for 5; India lose 2nd wicket


India 136-2 (16 ovs) vs WI | Scorecard

Pacer Oshane Thomas comes back into the attack. He starts with a short wide delivery which Rohit steers uppishly over point for a four before he takes a risky single off the next.

Three dot balls in a row before Rishabh Pant gets off the mark with a single off the last ball.

Pant wasting no time in getting going. He flicks a full delivery from spinner Pierre through midwicket for a four.

He slog sweeps the next ball but hits it straight into the hands of Hetmyer at deep midwicket to perish for five as the youngster suffers another failure in international T20s.

KL Rahul gets off the mark with a single to long-on and Rohit picks one on the off-side off the fifth ball before the former takes a single off the last ball as he gets an inside edge.
20:08   Dhawan out for 43; India lose 1st wicket


India 123-1 (14 ovs) vs WI | Scorecard

Rohit takes spinner Allen to the cleaners as he sweeps the first ball over midwicket for a six. He comes down the track and lofts the second ball over the same region and again it carries all the way for another six.

Rohit, on 71, then hammers the third ball straight but the bowler is unable to hold on to a tough chance.

Dhawan swings the fifth ball over midwicket for two runs before he tries the reverse sweep but fails to connect as it is ruled a wide.

Dhawan sweeps the last ball uppishly but Pooran at deep square leg manages to hold on to a tough running catch.

Dhawan walks back after scoring 43 from 41 balls, having put on 123 runs for the opening wicket with Rohit.
20:05   Rohit slams 38-ball fifty, India race past 100


India 107-0 (13 ovs) vs WI | Scorecard

Another tidy over from Allen as he gives away just five in his second over with India reaching 83 for no loss in 10 overs at the halfway mark.

Pacer Paul, who earlier dropped Dhawan, comes back into the attack. He also manages to keep the openers quite, giving away six runs in his second over.

In the next over, Rohit clips a full delivery from Allen through midwicket for a four and then takes one to sweeper cover.

Dhawan has a wild swing across the line but is beaten by the quicker delivery from the spinner. He reverse paddles the next ball past short thirdman for two runs and sweeps the last ball but can't beat short fine leg.

Rohit turns a full delivery from Paul for two runs to deep midwicket to race to his fifty, from just 38 balls. The next ball is short and wide as Rohit cuts it past point for a four as India go past the 100-run mark, in the 13th over.

Rohit has another swing but this time it goes off the outside edge for two runs to thirdman followed by one.
19:45  


India 78-0 (9 ovs) vs WI | Scorecard

Carlos Brathwaite comes into the attack. Dhawan drives the first ball to sweeper cover for a single to bring up his 1000 runs in T20 internationals while raising the 50-run stand for the opening wicket.

Dhawan is the sixth Indian to get to the 1000-run mark in T20s, while Rohit has the most number of runs in T2 Internationals.

A wide down the leg side to Rohit as the umpire rules it wide quite late after the batsman had expressed his shock at not being called and umpire Anil Chaudhary had a late change of mind.

Rohit then picks a single before Dhawan clips the third ball square on the leg side for two runs and then takes one.

Two more singles as eight come from Brathwaite's first over.

Another change as left-arm spinner Fabian Allen is brought into the attack. Dhawan turns the first ball through midwicket for two runs and then takes one.

Rohit nearly chips it back to the bowler but it falls just short as the decision is confirmed by the TV umpire followed by singles off the last two balls.

Dhawan miscues the pull shot, lobbing it straight to Keemo Paul at deep square leg, who puts down a straightforward catch and also ends up giving away a boundary. The next ball is again pulled but this time on the bounce to the same fielder for just a single.

Rohit shows how it is done as deposits the short ball from Brathwaite over square leg for a six.

Two balls later, he again plays the pull shot, this time for a boundary to the left of the square leg fielder for a four.

No stopping India, who have raced away to 78 for no loss in nine overs.

The two openers are in smashing form with Rohit blazing his way to 39 from 29 balls, while Dhawan has stroked 33 from 27 balls.
19:30   Rohit, Dhawan give India a quick start


India 49-0 (6 ovs) vs WI | Scorecard

Rohit looking to break free as he clubs a full delivery from pacer Thomas straight down the ground for a six after missing a full toss off the first ball.

Thomas oversteps to give away a free hit but this time Dhawan swings it through midwicket for a four. Two balls later, he cracks a full delivery through the covers for another boundary.

A single off the last ball as Thomas goes for 17 runs in his third over, after he had conceded just four runs in his first two overs.

Rohit has cut loose. In the next over, he lofts spinner Pierre back over his head for a six over long-on. He smartly taps the next ball to long-off to pick up a single before Pierre bowls a leg side wide to Dhawan, as the wicketkeeper fails to collect and gives away another extra run.

12 runs from the over as India race to 49 for no loss in six overs, with 38 coming from the last three.

Rohit has cut loose after a slow start to smash 25 from 21 balls, while Dhawan has made 19 from 17 balls.
19:20   India off to a good start


India 20-0 (4 ovs) vs WI | Scorecard

Dhawan has fallen three times to Thomas, twice in the ODIs and in the first T20I, and no wonder he is a bit watchful against the fast bowler.

Dhawan taps the pacer on the off-side and steals a quick run and Rohit guides the second ball to thirdman for one.

A couple of singles each to the two batsmen before Dhawan blocks a short ball on the off-side as just four runs come from the over.

A change in the bowling as spin is introduced in the form of left-armer Khary Pierre. The first ball is pitched up as Rohit lofts it over mid-off for a four. The fielder is pushed back and Rohit drives the next ball to long-off for one.

Dhawan turns the third ball through midwicket for two runs and then takes one before Rohit picks one off the last ball to retain strike.
19:10   Windies elect to bowl; Bhuvneshwar replaces Umesh


India 7-0 (2 ovs) vs WI | Scorecard

Pacer Oshane Thomas to open the bowling for Windies and facing him will be the two experienced Indian openers -- Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.

Rohit offers no shot to the first two balls which are bowled wide before he blocks the third on the off-side. He defends the last three deliveries as Thomas starts off with a maiden.

Keemo Paul from the other end. Dhawan turns the first ball on the leg side for a single to get off the mark before the pacer bowls a wide. A single each to Rohit and Dhawan before Paul oversteps and gives away a no-ball with Rohit also taking a quick single.

Dhawan is unable to make most of the free hit delivery as he is foxed by the change of pace, he attempts a wild cross batted swing but fails to make connect before he takes a quick single off the last ball to keep strike.
18:36   Windies elect to bowl; Bhuvneshwar replaces Umesh
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite has won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the second T20 International in Lucknow.

Hosts India, who lead the three-match series 1-0, made one change as pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaces Umesh Yadav.

West Indies also made one change as Nicolas Pooran came into the team in place of Rovman Powell.

The newly-built Lucknow stadium, which is named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, will make it's international debut.
18:27   Dominant India eye another series win vs Windies
Welcome to the coverage of second T20 International between India and West Indies in Lucknow on Tuesday.

India's four-match losing streak in T20 Internationals against the West Indies ended on Sunday in Kolkata as they claimed a five-wicket win in the three-match T20I series opener. And in the penultimate game of what has been a disastrous tour for the visitors, India would be favourites to lock the series in their favour.

The five-wicket win in Kolkata might have looked a bit laboured for the hosts but the absence of batting talisman and captain Virat Kohli cannot be discounted.

It was also the first T20 International for which India dropped Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the colossus whose batting form has been on the wane but the cricketing brain and reflexes behind the stumps remain assets for the team.

Rohit Sharma is leading the side in Kohli's absence and the 31-year-old usually thrives with the additional responsibility of captaincy.

But Sunday was a rare failure for the Mumbai right-hander and he would look to make up for that with a big knock on Tuesday

Besides Rohit, opener Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, the young Rishabh Pant, and Manish Pandey also had a bad day in office in the series-opener.

It took a responsible 34-ball 31 from Dinesh Karthik and a nine-ball 21-run unbeaten cameo from debutant Krunal Pandya to steer India home in 17.5 overs.

But on Tuesday, Lucknow, which is hosting its first international match at the newly-built Ekana Stadium, would be eager to see a more dominant performance from the home team, one that's befitting the gulf in quality between the two sides.

On the bowling front, left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav stole the limelight with brilliant figures of 3/13 from his four overs, while left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) and Pandya (1/15) were economical.

West Indies, on the other hand, would be desperate to return home with some positivity at the end of a two-month long series in which they have lost both the Test and ODI series.

While two-Test series was lost 0-2 in just six days of action, they posed some challenge in the subsequent ODI series before being thrashed 1-3 with a nine-wicket loss in Thiruvananthapuram in the fifth and final one-dayer.