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West Indies pull off a thumping win to level the series

West Indies pull off a thumping win to level the series Game Over! West Indies achieve series parity with an eight-wicket win

Game Over! West Indies achieve series parity with an eight-wicket win

A second successive run chase in the series, and this time it belongs to the visitors. A convincing batting show after the bowlers had done well on a sluggish wicket has seen them through with eight wickets and nine balls to spare. Lendl Simmons made up for his early dismissal in the first fixture with a fine unbeaten knock of 67 from just 45 balls, seeing off his team's win. Evin Lewis got another bright start before perishing for 40 and Shimron Hetmyer was stopped from repeating his Hyderabad heroics, but up stepped Nicholas Pooran, who had to miss the first game through illness. He walked out to bat when West Indies needed 59 off 38 balls, when India would've hoped for a late heist. But that was not to be, as he ripped apart Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his comeback over to draw the curtains on India's fading hopes. Pooran finished unbeaten on 38 off just 18 balls.

India endured an off day on the field, with catches going down and a lot of sloppiness in their ground fielding. With dew playing a big part, India couldn't find regular breakthroughs. Deepak Chahar, who had dismissed Simmons in the PowerPlay in Hyderabad went wicketless in the 3.3 overs he bowled, as did Yuzvendra Chahal - conceding as many runs in three overs today as he did in four just two days ago (36 runs). Washington Sundar and Ravindra Jadeja were the only two bowlers could pick wickets, with the latter's coming courtesy a superlative effort at the boundary line from Kohli.

The teams now head to Mumbai for the series finale on December 11. There's a couple of days to ponder for India on whether they need to make changes to this line-up - if Kuldeep Yadav deserves a look-in with an eye on trying to pick wickets in the middle overs. West Indies will head to Mumbai with a feeling of pride and the excitement of taking a stab at an away series win in India.

West Indies coasting now

Pooran has ensured there will be no hiccups. Simply walked in and unfurled a series of eye pleasing hits. He has 21 off 12 already with Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceding 15 in his comeback over. Effectively game, set and match!

Ashwin Ravichandran @ashwinravi99 This guy Pooran ???????????.. ( special ) 04:41 PM • Dec 12, 2019

Simmons fifty keeps WI on course

A smart knock so far from Lendl Simmons. He's got his fifty off 38 balls, and has been quite calculative about his big hits. He gets to the milestone with a neat loft against Chahal.

Kohli screamer ends Hetmyer's stay

A stunning catch from the skipper at long on, running across and clinging on to a very hard hit from Hetmyer. There's some doubt if the catch was clean, but it is confirm the replays. Kohli does well to stay inside the rope. Hetmyer had just hit Jadeja for a couple of sixes in that over, and a wicket comes against the run of play. West Indies still on course though with eight wickets in hand.

Sundar ends chancy Lewis innings

Shows there's a lot in it for the spinners. Sundar tosses one up and draws Lewis out of the crease. The spin takes it away from him and Pant whips the bails off. A breakthrough at last for India.

WI 73/1 from 10 overs.

Lewis making India pay

Unfortunately, it's Sundar at the receiving end. He tosses one up, is slog swept over cow corner. Another imperfectly timed delivery also sails over long off. Lewis makes it three sixes by sweeping Chahal in the next over. India losing the plot. Still a long way to go in the chase, however.

More fielding horror for India as Jadeja, yes you read that right, lets one through his leg at point and concedes four.

Shocking fielding by India

Poor Bhuvneshwar Kumar should have had both the openers by now. Lendl Simmons is undone by a knuckle ball but Washington Sundar lets a simple catch burst through his reverse cup attempt.

Two balls later, it's Evin Lewis' turn to be reprieved. An outside flies to the left off Pant, who has taken a step in the wrong direction and has to move to the other side. Can't hold on. The crowd begins chanting another keeper's name (not sure who) and Kohli at the boundary isn't too happy.

Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha Afraid the fielders have to support the bowlers better. India have, unusually, dropped too many lately 03:51 PM • Dec 12, 2019

Second over blues for Chahar

Deepak Chahar started well in the first over but conceded a four off the last delivery when an edge flew over the keeper's head. But Chahar's second over is disappointing and that's chiefly due to Lewis not allowing him to pitch the ball up and swing by stepping down the ground. A couple of boundaries get West Indies going.

Williams and Cottrell keep India to 170

It's not a bad score on a wicket that's playing pretty slow. But India could have had 10-15 more had it not been for some smart bowling at the death from Keserick Williams and Cottrell. Only 20 runs were possible off the final three. Rishabh Pant finishes with 33 from 22. Could prove to be crucial, this knock!

Great spell by Hayden Walsh

Varied his pace and bowled the variations wonderfully. Despite a Pant four off the last ball, Walsh still finishes with 2 for 28 from his 4 overs. Top effort. India 150 from 17 overs. 180 is an absolute minimum from here,

Keserick Williams gets Kohli

No notebook celebrations this time. Just a finger on the lips shusssh after an impressive leg cutter on a tacky surface. Kohli runs down the wicket, doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, attempts to play a dab as an afterthought. The ball flies off the leading edge straight to short third-man. Didn't look fluent at all in this 17-ball 19.

Vinayakk @vinayakkm Lovely drama this, between Kesrick Williams and Virat Kohli. All set for the trilogy to come to an end in Mumbai. Remains to be seen if it turns out to be that rare third part that is good. #INDvWI 02:41 PM • Dec 12, 2019

Hayden Walsh gets Dube

A wicket in the first over for the leggie. Should have had Dube off the first ball, but Pollard at long-on misses a straight forward catch after losing the ball in the lights. But Dube gives it away two balls later, slicing a wide delivery to extra cover. Gone for 54 off 30. It's been a top innings.

Here's one leftie replacing another. Pant starts with a second-ball six!

A tale of two Dubes - A 27-ball half-century

It was Kohli in Hyderabad and now Dube has turned it on. A 26-run from Pollard has turned the complexion of this Indian innings (for now). It started with a little give and go with the West Indian skipper after hitting a six. Pollard offers a stare as Dube nearly runs into him while running a two. That's followed by two more sixes as Pollard bowls into Dube's body after being wided attempting to bowl wide of off-stump.

A 27-ball 50 for Dube. India 93/2 after 10 overs with Kohli on a run-a-ball 5.

Arun Venugopal @scarletrun The #India team management promised a brand new approach to T20I cricket, and this disruption with the batting order is nice to see. Dube/Hardik at No 3 or 4 based on the situation is a good ploy, given that runs at a faster rate have greater value than preserving wickets #INDvWI 02:20 PM • Dec 12, 2019

Rohit falls after a struggle

Curiously just when Dube appeared to be getting his touch at the other end with a six and a four. Rohit, 15 off 17, looks to make most of the over by trying to paddle a Holder delivery. He misses it and is bowled!

Not a batting belter

...this pitch. The ball is sticking on the surface. Both Rohit and now Shivam Dube have played early to pull shots. India have resorted to playing a pinch hitter (well due respect to Dube) because Rohit's not gotten off to a bright start either.

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Pierre removes Rahul

An early wicket for West Indies. Apart from the first over when Cottrell's "leg theory" went awry, they've been pretty good. A good second over from Cottrell sets it up for Pierre to take the wicket of Rahul. KL goes for a slog sweep, the ball's not coming on as nicely as you may have hoped. Top-edge is gobbled up by Hetmyer at Deep square leg.

Here's Shivam Dube at No.3. The crowd cheered a little too early at Trivandrum. India want a left-hander in against the two left-arm bowlers. Pollard welcome him with a short-leg fielder!

Down the leg troubles for Cottrell

One wide that goes away for four and another one tickled away fine by Rohit gives India a 13-run opening over. West Indies pair the left-arm seamer with a left-arm orthodox spinner in Khary Pierre!

Here we go...

Rohit and Rahul take guard. How will India go about target setting. Has been a bit of a problem for them, especially against big-hitting sides like West Indies. Cottrell has the ball.

Pooran Returns; West Indies opt to bowl

It's 1-1 in the toss, Pollard will hope the series score stands at 1-1 at the end of the game as well. West Indies will bowl. It's almost the comfort mantra in the modern day T20 game. West Indies have made the one expected change. Nicholas Pooran, back from suspension, comes in for Denesh Ramdin.

India are unchanged, so Sanju for Trivandrum today!

Prelude - Trivandrum T20I

The thing with bilateral T20Is (and even franchise T20s) is that you can't marinate in its afterglow for long. So while we sit and play mental re-runs of Kohli's chase from Hyderabad, the next game is upon us.

The teams are in Trivandrum and within two days of the start of West Indies' tour, there's a series on the line. As Aayush Puthran writes in his preview Kieron Pollard's men didn't do much wrong with the bat in the first game. It's with the ball that they have much to do.

As do India really. They are still working on an ideal bowling combination what with some previously regular members (read. Bhuvi) just returning. Is there place for Kuldeep? Aayush documents the 'chinaman' spinner's sudden dip in fortunes.

Meanwhile, what's changed in the Pant debate? The crowd, it is expected, could be chanting for another keeper tonight...

Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha Huge cheer around the stadium as a player walks out in training gear.. No, it isn't Virat Kohli. It is Sanju Samson! 12:16 PM • Dec 12, 2019

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