West Indies vs India, 2nd T20 2023

West Indies vs India, 2nd T20 2023

 

Introduction

The 5-match
T20I series between West Indies and India has sparked into life with two
entertaining matches. In the 2nd T20I at Providence Stadium, Nicholas Pooran’s
sensational knock powered the hosts to a tense 2-wicket win off the final ball.

West Indies vs India, 2nd T20 2023

Kishan and
Varma Lay Solid Platform

Put in to bat
first, India was given a solid start by openers Ishan Kishan and Tilak Varma.
The attacking duo took on the West Indian pacers early, finding the boundaries
regularly in the powerplay overs. Kishan looked sublime as he timed the ball
sweetly during his 23-ball 27. Varma dazzled, too, cracking 4 fours and a six
in his 22-ball 39. Their aggressive 60-run opening stand set the platform.

 

Middle Order
Wobble Halts Momentum

Despite the
promising beginning, a middle-order collapse occurred just as the launchpad was
prepared, which stopped India’s progress. Manish Pandey needlessly sliced to
point off Odean Smith while Suryakumar Yadav top-edged a sweep. The momentum
was dented as runs dried up after the powerplay with West Indies spinners Akeal
Hosein and Hayden Walsh bowling tidily. From a commanding 95/2, India slipped
to 95/4 as the innings lost impetus.

 
Pandya Impetus
With Late Fireworks

Hardik Pandya
sparked a late revival at 95/4 in the 14th over, taking India to 152/7. He
feasted on Romario Shepherd, clobbering 3 huge sixes and a four in an over.
Pandya’s power game was displayed as he whipped up a vital 18-ball 24. His
clean ball-striking injected much-needed impetus at the death overs. His cameo
proved invaluable in the end.

 
Joseph Strikes
Crucial Early Blows

Pacer Alzarri
Joseph was the pick of the West Indian bowlers, snaring 2/29 in his 4 overs. He
gave vital early breakthroughs, removing Rahul and Kishan cheaply to dent
India’s progress. Joseph mixed up his pace cleverly and got the ball to shape
both ways deceptively. He also nailed his yorkers at the death. His incisive
new ball burst set the tone for the defence.


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Pooran Mayhem
Flattens Indian Attack

Chasing 153,
West Indies were powered home by Nicholas Pooran’s whirlwind 40-ball 67. He
took the attack to India, smoking 5 huge sixes and 2 fours. Pooran was severe
on the quicks, liking anything overpitched or short. His aggression rattled
India as he dismantled the target rapidly. Pooran’s clean ball striking laid
the foundation for the successful chase.

 
Valuable
Support from Hetmyer and Powell

Shimron Hetmyer
and Rovman Powell played impactful hands around Pooran’s fireworks. Hetmyer
kept the scoreboard ticking with trademark punchy strokeplay, cracking 4
boundaries in his 22-ball 23. Powell, too, chipped in with a handy 19-ball 21,
rotating strike intelligently. Their solid efforts complemented Pooran’s
hitting nicely as they kept pace with the required rate.

 

Pandya and
Chahal Hit Back For India

When Pooran
threatened to finish it early, India struck back with key wickets. Hardik
Pandya broke through first, having Jason Holder caught on the leg side.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal then turned the game on its head, deceiving
Hetmyer and Pollard in the same over with flight and turn. The twin strikes
built pressure, bringing India back into the game.

 

Pooran
Nervelessly Finishes Off Chase

Despite India’s
late strikes, Nicholas Pooran’s extraordinary innings had put West Indies well
ahead. Needing 8 off the last over, Pooran struck a four off Bhuvneshwar Kumar
and pinched a double to ease nerves. A leg-bye off the penultimate ball sealed
a dramatic 2-wicket heist, sparking wild celebrations. Pooran remained unbeaten
on 67, having clinically finished the job.

 

Player of the
Match Pooran Dominates Proceedings 

For his
sensational match-winning 67 under pressure, Nicholas Pooran deservedly earned
the Player of the Match award. His aggression completely deflated India as he
struck 5 monstrous sixes and 2 fours in a 40-ball 67. Pooran’s power-hitting
demoralized the bowlers and gave West Indies a flying start in the steep chase.
Ultimately his brilliance dominated proceedings and took the game away from
India.


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Conclusion

A stellar
all-around display by Nicholas Pooran powered West Indies to a tense 2-wicket
win in Providence to go 2-0 up versus India. The visitors were left to rue
their middle-order stutter despite a fighting total. The five-match T20 series
is now tantalizingly set up for a riveting finish.

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