Second T20I: India Seal Series with an 8-point win over West Indies

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel produced superb bowling in slog overs as India survived anxious moments before emerging with an eight run victory over West Indies in the second T20I that gave them an unassailable 2 lead -0 in the three-game series in Kolkata on Friday.

Chasing a solid 187, Nicholas Pooran (62 from 41 balls) and Rovman Powell (68 from 36 balls) and Rovman Powell (68 from 36 balls) hit belligerent fifty-somethings to keep them in the chase as they only needed 29 points on the last two overs.

But death bowling specialist Bhuvneshwar Kumar revived India’s hopes by knocking out the dangerous looking Pooran with a slower stroke.

Under pressure after dropping Rovman Powell from his own bowling, Bhuvneshwar was brilliant and conceded just four runs in the over.

Needing to defend 25 points in the final, Patel was hit for two straight sixes but held his nerve to seal the deal for India.

It was India’s 100th T20I win as they sealed the series with one game to play on Sunday.

Earlier, continuing his impressive run in his first set, Ravi Bishnoi fired off Brandon King (22) on his third delivery to break the second wicket.

But Pooran and Powell watched without any problems against the Indian attack.

The wicketkeeper hitter Pooran continued his impressive form to crush a second straight half-century, while Powell gave good support at the other end with a 50 from 28 balls as the Windies recovered from being 59 /3 inside nine overs.

Dropped on the 21st by Bishnoi in the 10th, Pooran lifted his fifty balls in 34 balls – his second in as many games – with a slog on Deepak Chahar’s final.

Powell then completed a fifty 28 ball run as India looked under real pressure before Bhuvneshwar reversed the situation.

Earlier, Virat Kohli was back among the runs with a fifty while Rishabh Pant broke an unbeaten 52 at rapid fire to lift India to a tough 186/5.

Kohli reached his 30th fifty in the shortest format, his first since 57 against Pakistan at the T20 World Cup on October 24 last year.

The former captain’s sheer elegance was on full display as he cut, shot and also took the airway en route to his 52-41 ball that had seven fours and a six.

Luck also favored Kohli on the day as the former skipper lifted his 30th T20I fifty with some hard work after Jason Holder failed to grab the hold as the ball went over the boundary.

But Kohli failed to make it big and was cleared by Chase two balls later after the Windies off-spinner came through his door for his third wicket.

Chase was impressive in the middle overs to come back with 3/25 and that included the wickets of Rohit Sharma (19) and Suryakumar Yadav (8).

Thereafter, it was the spectacle of Pant and Venkatesh Iyer (33 on 18 balls) as they took on Kieron Pollard and Romario Shepherd in their partnership of 76 runs on 35 balls.

Pant (52 on 28 balls) won his third fifty in T20I with a brace in the penultimate delivery of the innings, taking just 27 balls to reach the milestone.

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