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India vs West Indies 2nd T20: Rain played spoilsport in India’s victory

Lauderhill, Florida: It seems as if rain has had the biggest say in the outcomes of the recent matches of the India vs West Indies cricket series. The Sunday’s match was called off midway after black clouds gathered over the stadium and it began pouring just as the Indian innings was getting started.

It started to rain at around 12:45 pm (local time) and rained heavily for 15 mins. This was enough to cause a  number of puddles on the ground. Eventually, the match was called off at around 2 pm.

India vs West Indies

India vs West Indies

After a lugubrious performance by the Indian bowlers led to a mammoth score of 245 runs by the West Indian side in the first test, Indian bowlers remarkably improved their bowling this time around. Dismissing, the Carlos Brathwaite led men at 143 in 19.4 overs team India could score only 15 runs in 2 overs before it started to rain.

India won the toss for the second time in a row and Captain Dhoni chose to bowl first again. Stuart Binny, who was hit for fives sixes in one over in the last match, was dropped this time from the playing eleven. He was replaced by Amit Mishra. West Indies went in with an unchanged lineup.

The first wicket was taken by Shami in the fourth over. Lewis tried to play a foolish shot and saw the bowl go for a simple catch to Mishra at short fine leg. Spinner Mishra justified his selection by striking on his first delivery. In the sixth over, his quicker delivery saw Charles trying to go big and fail while giving a perfectly placed Rahane a neat catch. Bumrah, Ashwin and Shami each took two wickets while Mishra took three. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a single wicket to his name.

However, such a brilliant performance went in vain. With the DLS par score was at 28/0 after 5 overs which India was only 13 runs short of. Thus, West Indies win the series by 1-0 after they won the first T20I on Saturday by a whisker of a margin.

Updated: August 29, 2016 — 1:54 pm

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