West Indies vs India 2nd T20: Rain has final say as West Indies win series 1-0

Heavy rain led to the match being abandoned

Heavy rain led to the match being abandoned

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Following the West Indies’ thrilling one-run win over India in the first Twenty20 International on Saturday, fans in Lauderhill, Florida were hoping for another blockbuster match, but instead they left disappointed and frustrated as heavy rain saw the match end without a victor.

After the start of the match was delayed by 40 minutes due to an issue with the satellite feed, India won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Their decision to do so paid dividends as they kept the West Indies on the back foot throughout their innings with wickets at regular intervals.

Opening batsman Johnson Charles ended up being the top-scorer with 43 runs, while Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and captain Carlos Brathwaite were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

Charles was the only batsman to have an impact for the West Indies

Charles was the only batsman to have an impact for the West Indies

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With that being said, the West Indies only managed to make 143, a farcry from the 245 they made in the first match, before they were bowled out.

Amit Mishra picked up three wickets, while Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami snapped up two wickets apiece and Bhuvneshwar Kumar chipped in with one.

Chasing 144 to win, India only managed to get through two overs, in which they scored 15 runs, before the heavens parted.

While the rain did end up relenting, the damage had been done as there were concerns about the run-ups.

In the end, the umpires decided to bring the match to an end, and India looked on in utter dejection as the West Indies celebrated their 1-0 series win.

Dhoni was disappointed that the match was called off, and said: “If you compare the two games, you’d wonder if we were playing on the same wicket. I’m not saying we would have definitely won, but a good batting effort would have seen us through after 140 odd. We took a bit of risk bringing Mishra in for Stuart Binny, and it paid off well. Mishra bowled exceedingly well and he was well supported by Ashwin.

“This is one place where we can come back and play cricket. A triangular or four-nation series. A tournament like that can give us more time to spend in the US. Yes, it will be a cramped schedule, but modern-day cricketers won’t mind it. This is one place where spectators will come. The timing suits us. So it’s a win-win situation. So it’s a good venue to continue cricket.”

Brathwaite was glad to have won the series, and said: “The¬†Indian bowlers executed their plans really well. We tried our best, but didn’t get the score we wanted. But we always had full confidence in defending our total. For me as a young leader to know and lead the players is an exciting experience. We want to remain champions and entertain the West Indies crowd. Most definitely we would love to come here back again.”

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