In the non-batting friendly pitch, India set a satisfactory total against West Indies. Shivam Dube and Rishabh Pant contributed the most number of runs with the bat in that innings. However, the host was not able to defend the total and lost the second match of the three-match T20I series, levelling the series with 1-1.
The openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma lost their wickets within eighth over, but Shivam Dube kept scoring runs and got his maiden international half-century. However, in the very next over of Hayden Walsh, he lost the balance on a shot and gave the catch to Shimron Hetmyer. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was unbeaten in the first T20I on 94 runs, also lost his wicket after scoring 19 of 17 balls. The wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant showed maturity in that game.
Rishabh Pant’s flying bat
Rishabh Pant stood for his team till the end and scored 33* runs in 22 balls. Pant was also seen struggling to time the ball and even losing his bat once. It happened during the last over of that innings when the youngster tried to hit hard on the ball of Sheldon Cottrell.
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West Indies won the second T20I
The Indian team set the target of 171 runs against the West Indies in Thiruvanthapuram.
In the non-batting friendly wicket, the opener Lendl Simmons scored unbeaten 67 runs. Another opening batsman Evin Lewis scored 40 runs before being stumped by Rishabh Pant, and the vice-captain Nicholas Pooran hit hard the Indian bowlers, scored 38 not out of 18 balls. They quickly chased down the target in 18.3 overs with the loss of only two wickets.
The West Indies have returned in the series and levelled the three-match T20I series by 1-1. The two teams will head to play the third and last T20I at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday (December 11).