The ongoing 5-match T20I series between India and West Indies is leveled at 1-1 after the hosts won the second T20I match which was played yesterday at Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, St. Kitts. The hosts chose to bowl first after winning the toss and the decision proved to be absolutely correct as the visitors got wrapped up at the meager score of 138 runs with 2 balls remaining in their innings.
The Indian batting failed from the start of the game as skipper Rohit Sharma got out for golden duck and another opener Suryakumar Yadav could manage only 11 runs (6 balls, 1 six). Shreyas Iyer also got out early as he was able to score just 10 runs in the 11 deliveries that he faced. Though Rishabh Pant (24 runs, 12 balls, 1 four & 2 sixes), Hardik Pandya (31 runs, 31 balls, 1 four & 2 sixes) and Ravindra Jadeja (27 runs, 30 balls, 1 six) made some useful contributions, it was not enough to ensure that India put a good total on the score board. The hero of the last match, Dinesh Karthik (7 runs, 13 balls) also failed and Ravichandran Ashwin (10 runs, 6 balls, 2 fours) too could not make an impact with the bat.
Obed McCoy was the highest wickettaker for his team as he took 6 wickets at just 17 runs in his 4 overs.
Indian cricket fans were pretty disappointed with the manner in which the Indian batters batted, especially Shreyas Iyer as he is not being able to play well in the shortest format for quite a long time now. Even some former Indian cricketers have slammed the coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma for preferring Shreyas Iyer over Deepak Hooda and yesterday, the Indian fans demanded ouster of Shreyas Iyer from the team and asked the team management to include Sanju Samson in the squad.
Here are some of the selected reactions:
— Naveen Agrahari (@NaveenAgrahari) August 1, 2022
— i.Robiee (@Cricgallery1) August 2, 2022
— Mervin Rahul 🐳 (@mervin_rahul) August 1, 2022
— Shiva shankar (@ShashankAkon23) August 1, 2022
Shreyas Iyer ko nikal waste hai T20 ke liye ..should play sanju Samson instead of him
— beingsanjay (@beingsanjay1069) August 1, 2022
Lol ye log ek do aur wc haarkar fir Sanju ko regular khilayenge tab tak tamasha dekho
— Soorma Supreme Leader (@explainbot69) August 1, 2022
On What Basis Shreyas Iyer Is Playing I Seriously Don't Know Man , And I Won't Be Surprised If Samson Makes A Comeback In Tomorrow's Match
— Chinmay Shah (@chinmayshah28) August 1, 2022
— Vishal (@renvis05) August 1, 2022
Arrest Shreyas Iyer immediately!
— A (@TheRampShot) August 1, 2022
Shreyas iyer in first 14 matches of his career
226 runs SR 134.5
251 runs SR 135.7
— Cric 🏏 देवता (@CricDevta) August 2, 2022
— Arunava Roy (@Roy08arunava) August 1, 2022
When a pacer comes into bowl
Shreyas Iyer: pic.twitter.com/nktbP8a56p
— ASmemesss (@asmemesss) August 1, 2022
Another Shreyas failure!
— Immortality (@ajay36mittal) August 1, 2022
— Jaammii🏏 (@Jaammiing) August 2, 2022
As far as West Indian innings is concerned, opener Brandon King played a superb knock of 68 runs for which he played 52 balls and his innings included 8 fours & 2 sixes. Though the hosts kept on losing wickets regularly still they managed to chase the target successfully with 5 wickets in hand and 4 balls remaining in their innings.
Yesterday’s match started a little late because of delay in luggage arrival but hopefully the third T20I which will be played today at the same venue will start on time.
All the best team India!