Virat Kohli scored half a century in the 2nd T20I. Photo: BCCI
- India recorded an 8-point victory in the 2nd T20I of the series in Kolkata
- With this victory, the team managed by Rohit Sharma won the three-game T20I series 2-0
- India could give benched players a chance in 3rd T20I
The Rohit Sharma-led Indian side survived a final scare and handed West Indies an 8-point loss to win the T20I three-game series with one game to play. India have been the dominant force in the ongoing White Ball series. And in the 2nd T20I they once again showed why they remain a strong contender to lift the WC trophy.
Despite missing the services of their at least 3 first-choice bowlers, the bowling unit defended a total of 186. As Indian players celebrate winning the series, here’s a look at 3 talking points of the 2nd T20I of the series-
The return to form of Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli shrugged off his poor form in the current series and scored a stunning 52 of 41. He kicked the proceedings fast and was batting at a strike rate of over 180 at one point. His scoring rate went down, but he played the anchor until 14th.
Kohli’s shot included 7 fours and a six. His return to form is a great relief for the Men in Blue. He only needs 4 runs to dethrone Martin Guptill from the top and become the top scorer of the T20I.
The Double Bat Kick
Venkatesh Iyer’s 33-for-18 shot caught the eye, but his double bat shot also got people talking. The left-handed batsman mistakenly kicked the ball twice in the 16th over of the match, played by Sheldon Cottrell. The ball had hit the top of the bat first.
After the first contact, the ball hit the underside of the bat and sailed towards the boundary. No one could realize what happened on the pitch and the fans only found out after watching the replay. It was one of the rarest shots in sports history.
Rovman Powell failed to get his ‘Remember the Name’ moment
Rovman Powell didn’t have his ‘Remember the Name’ moment at the Gardens of Eden, Kolkata. With 23 runs needed over the last 4 deliveries, Powell took over and hit two sixes over Harshal Patel. Both sixes brought back memories of the 2016 T20 World Cup Final, where Carlos Brathwaite hit Ben Stokes for 4 consecutive sixes to win the World Cup for the West Indies.
Harshal fooled Powell on the 5th pitch and threw a slower pitch to stop the momentum. Powell only managed a single, which meant a victory for the Men in Blue. The two straight sixes scared India.