Tue, 2 Aug 2022

After backing Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma stands in support of two more Indian players!!

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West Indies Obed McCoy, a left-arm seamer, produced the best West Indies bowling figures in a T20 to help bowl out India for 138 in 19.4 overs. West Indies skittled the visitors for a record 6-17 in the second match on Monday.

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The five-match series is at 1-1 with the third game on Tuesday staying in Basseterre.

However, the venue change fortified the West Indies, causing a three-hour delayed start because of the late arrival in the country of the teams’ kit and gear.

Shamarh Brooks, crushed the first ball of the chase to the deep point boundary off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. 

Kyle Mayers, went for 8 in an opening stand of 46, and captain Nicholas Pooran for 14, but after 10 overs West Indies was 73-2 and cruising.

Avesh Khan, India's extra seamer, eventually got the better of King in the 16th over. After his second six, King racked up 68 from 52 balls, including eight fours and a career-best eight sixes.

The West Indies needed 32 more runs from 27 balls when he left the field with them at 107-4. What should have been an easy victory turned into a nail-biting finish with 10 wickets to spare.

Second T20 substitute Devon Thomas hit a six and four to give West Indies a five-wicket victory in the final over. From 19 balls, Thomas was still unbeaten on 31.

Rohit Sharma defended his decision to give Kumar only two overs, both in the powerplay, in India's first innings.

"We are familiar with Bhuvneshwar's contributions to the table."

, but if you don’t give opportunity to Aveshor Arshdeep (Singh) you will never find out what it means to bowl at the death for India,” Sharma said. “They have done it in the IPL. (This is) just one game, those guys don’t need to panic. They need backing and opportunity.”

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