India opener Rohit Sharma led from the front as India defeated the West Indies in a rain-affected second fixture of the three-match T20 International (T20I) series at the Central Broward Stadium in Florida on Sunday (August 4).
Chasing 168 for victory, the players were taken off the field due to bad weather conditions and the impending threat of lightning with the West Indies reaching 98 for 4 in 15.3 overs. Dark clouds soon engulfed the stadium and rain shelved any chances of play after that with the hosts falling short of the par score of 120 runs.
Rovman Powell (54) and Nicholas Pooran’s (19) 74-run partnership had kept the West Indiesin the run chase after they lost the openers Evin Lewis and Sunil Narine inside the first three overs. But Krunal Pandya struck twice with the wickets of Pooran and Powell to derail the run chase for the home team. Pandya finished with figures of 2 for 23 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Washington Sundar got a wicket each for India.
Rohit’s 17th half-century also saw him surpass Virat Kohli in the tally of most fifties by batsmen in T20Is. Kohli on the other hand, also had a record of his own as he surpassed Suresh Raina to become the highest run-scoring Indian batsman in T20 cricket. Kohli scored 28 runs before being out bowled by Sheldon Cottrell to amass 8416 runs in his T20 career and overtake Raina’s tally of 8392 runs.
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