West Indies and India locked horns within the second T20I at Warner Park in St Kitts on August 1, Monday. West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran gained the toss and put India in to bat. India made one change with quick bowler Avesh Khan coming in for spinner Ravi Bishnoi.
India have tried out a number of totally different combos for opening the innings within the format this yr particularly throughout the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. Talking about modifications in batting positions, Rohit, forward of the match, mentioned that the workforce desires the batters to bat in any order and be versatile with the lineup.
“We wish the blokes to have the ability to bat anyplace and don’t need them to be batting in particular positions,” mentioned Rohit on the toss. “We wish the blokes to be versatile, there are two methods to take a look at it relying on sure gamers,” he added.
Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav open but once more
Rahul, considered one of India’s common openers throughout codecs, has been out of the workforce on account of a groin damage since earlier than the beginning of the house T20I sequence towards South Africa in June. Throughout the England tour in July, Rohit and Rishabh Pant opened collectively and Suryakumar Yadav batted within the middle-order within the T20I sequence.
Nonetheless, within the first T20I towards West Indies, Rohit opened alongside Suryakumar; and India have persevered with the pairing for the second T20I. Within the first match, the opening stand placed on 44 runs earlier than Suryakumar was dismissed for twenty-four runs off 16 balls within the fifth over. Rohit, then again, was the highest scorer with 64 runs off 44 balls.
India completed with 190 for the lack of six wickets in 20 overs, due to a blistering cameo by Dinesh Karthik, who scored an unbeaten 41 runs off 19 balls within the again finish of the innings. West Indies, with a stiff chase in hand, have been off to a sluggish begin as they scored 42 runs for the lack of three wickets within the powerplay.
Not one of the Windies batters went previous a rating of 20, and consequently, they managed to place up solely 122 for the lack of eight wickets in 20 overs. And Karthik was given the Participant of the Match award for his efficiency with the bat.