India vs West Indies 2nd T20I, Lucknow: India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma once again put on a ‘masterclass’ on display in his favourite format (limited-overs cricket) during the second T20I international between India and West Indies at the Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Tuesday. Rohit unbeaten knock of 111 propelled the hosts to a daunting total of 195/2 in 20 overs. Later, Indian bowlers produced a clinical display one more time and never really allowed the men in maroon to get on with the tall chase of 196.
At the end, it was a stroll in the park for India as they take an unassailable 2-0 lead in this 3-match T20I series. It was not going to be an easy wicket to bat on and it was definitely not going to be easy to clear those big boundaries. This was also Team India’s seventh successive series win in the shorter format.
Being certified as the cleanest hitter of the cricket ball in modern day cricket, Rohit along with batting partner Shikhar Dhawan set the stage for the final assault. During his knock, the Mumbai batsman also surpassed regular skipper Virat Kohli to become top run-getter among Indians in the shortest format, was at his brutal best, hitting eight boundaries and seven towering sixes.
In reply, West Indies batting caved in once again as they managed only 124 for 9 at the end of the stipulated overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/12), Jasprit Bumrah (2/20), Khaleel Ahmed (2/30) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/32) equally shared the spoils. All-rounder Krunal Pandya did miss out on the chance to pick up any wicket but he came to the party with a direct hit. And courtesy of this clinical performance, India have managed to clinch the series.