Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have added 49 runs in the powerplay for India after getting off to a circumspect start. Rohit brought up his half-century off just 38 balls as India went past the 100-run mark in the 13th over of the innings.
Dhawan was the first Indian batsman to be dismissed as he fell for 43 to Fabian Allen in the 14th over. Rishabh Pant fell soon after but Rohit continued to deal in boundaries as the hosts approached an imposing total. The stand-in India skipper registered his fourth T20I ton in the final over of the innings as the hosts posted 195-2 in their 20 overs.
In reply, the visitors did not get off to the best of starts with Khaleel Ahmed striking twice in the powerplay overs. The India pacer removed Shai Hope before dismissing the dangerous Shimron Hetmyer in the sixth over. Upon the completion of the powerplay, Kuldeep Yadav struck twice with his first over to remove Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran.
From there on, there was no way back for the visitors who ultimately were restricted to 124-9 in their 20 overs.
The visitors will need to win the clash if they are to keep their chances in the three-match series alive after India won the opening match by five-wickets at Kolkata.
India welcome back Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the fold with the pacer recovering from his gastric issues. Umesh Yadav makes way from the playing XI to felicitate Bhuvneshwar’s return.
The Windies, on the other hand, have brought in Nicholas Pooran into their XI for the clash with Rovman Powell dropped from the line up.
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