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2nd T20I, Providence, August 06, 2023, India tour of West Indies and United States of America
(18.5/20 ov, T:153) 155/8

West Indies won by 2 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
67 (40)
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Scores: Ranjith P | Comms: @Sudarshanan7
Scorecard summary
India 152/7(20 overs)
51 (41)
27 (23)
2/29 (4)
West Indies 155/8(18.5 overs)

Right then. Not the best of captaincy days for Hardik. India go into the last game of the West Indies leg of this tour - plus the USA leg of the T20I series - 0-2 down. Not a scoreline many would have expected but not too surprising given the personnel at their disposal. A test for this young team. That's all we have for you from Guyana today. On behalf of Himanshu and our scorers, this is Sudarshanan signing off. Ciao!

2:18pm Time for the presentation.

Nicholas Pooran, Player of the Match: "Satisfied that I performed. The beauty of the game is it is never over till it's over. Being consistent is something I am wanting to do. I won't say it is a purple patch. I have been working hard in the last couple of years, but we have been losing. Now I look at the game differently and want to continue to entertain. [Mindset at 2 for 2 and 17 for 3] The score didn't matter to me as long as I was batting. It was about being smart and controlling the game. I felt like it was a decent wicket and we are accustomed to get such wickets here. The bowlers are going to give you half-volleys, full tosses."

Hardik Pandya, India captain: "That was not a pleasing batting performance by us. The wickets were falling and the track was on the slower side. We were not good enough to get to 160+. The way Pooran has been batting makes it difficult to rotate spinners. Doesn't matter if someone takes the ball away or into him. The way he batted from two for two, it was incredible. [On Bishnoi at No. 8] It is what it is. The current combination that we have means we have to play with seven batters. Bowlers win you games. We have to figure out how we get batting strength from No. 8, 9, 10. Batters need to take more responsibility. [Tilak Varma] The way he has been batting, that is something we are looking at. A left-hander at No.4 gives us a right-left combination throughout. The youngsters are coming with confidence and fearlessness."

Rovman Powell, West Indies captain: "It's a very good position to be in. Hopefully we can keep winning. We always knew it was going to come down to how we batted against spin. Shows cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties. I realised that whenever batters go at the bowlers, they don't go at the first over. So i tried to eliminate that and gave my bowlers one-over spells, especially fast bowlers because it is very hot. [On Pooran and Hetmyer] Wristspinners it is hard to bat as a right-handers. Left-handers can take that to limit the advantage the Chahals, Kuldeeps and Bishnois. [Shepherd] He has been very good, shows when you instil confidence in players what you get. Not just in him but all the players."

2:09pm The first time West Indies have beaten India in back-to-back T20I since 2016 and it has been a superb show from them. It is a win well set up by Pooran's onslaught. West Indies while Pooran was in and after he was dismissed were two different sides. Pooran did not let any Indian bowler settle before he was undone by Mukesh. Once he fell, India used the opening to claw back in.

And the highlight of that recovery was Chahal's legspin. West Indies were left stuttering against him but strangely, he was held back for the last over and that costed India, who now have to win each of the last three games to win the series. Chahal's third over saw three wickets fall but the next three overs were bowled by seamers and that was that. Back soon with the presentation.

Tom de Sailor : "Loving the attitude from the young WI team after the win. No over excited celebrations. Just hand shakes and smiles, not like they've beaten a big team. "

Rovell: "Thank You Hardhik. We love you from West Indies."

Mukesh Kumar to Hosein, FOUR runs

Hosein seals it for West Indies and closes his ears! Full and outside off, he clears his front leg and drills it through mid-off for a two-wicket win

Just two needed

Mukesh Kumar to Hosein, 2 runs

Length ball on off and middle, heaved over midwicket for two

Mukesh Kumar to Alzarri Joseph, 1 run

Yorker on off, he digs it out towards the non-striker. Mukesh and Hosein collide

Mukesh Kumar to Alzarri Joseph, SIX runs

Heaved away! Back of a length around off, Joseph stands back and lofts it over the on side. Lands full on the ad cushion? Yes, rules the TV ump

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Mukesh Kumar to Hosein, 1 run

Length ball outside off, slapped to deep cover

Chahal or Mukesh, who'll bowl the penultimate? It is Mukesh Kumar, around the stumps

end of over 189 runs
WI: 141/8CRR: 7.83 RRR: 6.00 • Need 12 from 12b
Akeal Hosein9 (7b 1x4)
Alzarri Joseph3 (6b)
Arshdeep Singh 4-0-34-1
Mukesh Kumar 3-0-21-1
Arshdeep Singh to Hosein, 1 run

Short and outside off, he fends it towards deep third to keep strike

Over the wicket

Arshdeep Singh to Alzarri Joseph, 1 run

Very full on off and middle, wrists it through mid-on. Tilak charges on and gets to the ball quickly

Arshdeep Singh to Alzarri Joseph, 2 runs

Outside off on a length, he lofts it over wide mid-off for two

Arshdeep Singh to Alzarri Joseph, no run

Very full outside off, he digs it out

Around the wicket

Arshdeep Singh to Hosein, 1 run

Length ball outside off, steers it to deep third

Arshdeep Singh to Hosein, FOUR runs

Squeezed for four! Is that the clincher for West Indies? Very full and outside off, Hosein is well inside his crease, opens the face as he digs it out and gets a nice contact to get it past backward point

Arshdeep to bowl out now

end of over 173 runs
WI: 132/8CRR: 7.76 RRR: 7.00 • Need 21 from 18b
Alzarri Joseph0 (3b)
Akeal Hosein3 (4b)
Mukesh Kumar 3-0-21-1
Yuzvendra Chahal 3-0-19-2
Mukesh Kumar to Alzarri Joseph, no run

Seams away after landing on a length outside off, beating the outside edge off Joseph's attempted punch

Ian Bishop says India are three minutes behind on the over-rate

Mukesh Kumar to Alzarri Joseph, no run

Length ball outside off, punched to cover

Mukesh Kumar to Hosein, 1 run

Angles it away on a length, he gets a thick inside edge to fine leg

Mukesh Kumar to Hosein, no run

Huge appeal for lbw again, and India opt for the review. I don't think it pitched in line. Full on the pads, he misses the flick and is struck on the front pad. Pitches well outside leg and India lose both their reviews

Mukesh Kumar to Alzarri Joseph, 1 leg bye

Very full on the pads, he gets it off his pads. Kishan dives and gets a glove to reduce the pace. Joseph wants a second but is sent back on time

Mukesh Kumar to Hosein, 1 run

Full on off, pushed to long-off

A run-a-ball 24 needed but West Indies have Alzarri Joseph and Akeal Hosein in the middle. Mukesh for his third now. The win predictor has West Indies at over 65%!

end of over 162 runs • 3 wickets
WI: 129/8CRR: 8.06 RRR: 6.00 • Need 24 from 24b
Akeal Hosein1 (1b)
Yuzvendra Chahal 3-0-19-2
Ravi Bishnoi 4-0-31-0
Chahal to Hetmyer, OUT

Trapped in front? India are interested and Kishan and Chahal convince Hardik to review that. Tossed up ball outside off on a length, spinning in a good deal. Hetmyer goes back to defend but gets beaten on the inside and is rapped on the pads with the leg stump visible. Three reds and Hettie has to walk back. India now back in to boss the game, West Indies completely losing the plot

Shimron Hetmyer lbw b Chahal 22 (22b 1x4 1x6 37m) SR: 100
Chahal to Hosein, 1 run

Lands it on a length on middle, he goes back and whips it through square leg

Akeal Hosein in now. West Indies have lost three wickets for two runs in the last 11 balls and need 25 off 26. Slip in

Chahal to Holder, OUT

Stumped! Holder's huge frame means he overbalances and that is enough for Kishan to do the rest. Tossed up around off again, he looks to drive it through mid-off but is beaten on the outside edge due to the turn. Gets a huge stride in the process that makes him drag his back leg out, just enough to be on the line. "There's nothing behind the popping crease," says Gregory Brathwaite the TV umpire. Holder, meanwhile, was in trouble as he went down as soon as it was referred upstairs. The physio walks out to help him out - he has his left pad removed as he trudges back clutching his left knee

Jason Holder st †Ishan Kishan b Chahal 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 0
Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
N Pooran
67 runs (40)
6 fours4 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot
9 runs
2 fours0 six
NT Tilak Varma
51 runs (41)
5 fours1 six
Productive shot
13 runs
2 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
HH Pandya
YS Chahal
Match details
Providence Stadium, Guyana
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultWest Indies led the 5-match series 2-0
Match numberT20I no. 2191
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-12.00, Interval 12.00-12.20, Second Session 12.20-13.50
Match days6 August 2023 - day (20-over match)
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
Win Probability
WI 100%
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Over 19 • WI 155/8

West Indies won by 2 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
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