The Men in Blue maintained their dominance over West Indies after they thrashed the visitors by 71 runs in the second T20I of the three-match series played at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Tuesday.
The storyline of the match was no different than other match played between the two sides during the series. Though, there was one awkward or a rather bizarre moment that transpired during the course of the second T20I.
The incident occurred in the 11th over of the West Indies innings off Jasprit Bumrah's bowling. The Indian spearhead got the fourth ball of the over to completely skid over the deck to climb onto the batsman. Kieron Pollard was taken by surprise as the ball edged the top of his bat and spurned in the air, only to be caught by Bumrah in the end.
While Jasprit Bumrah quickly reacted by racing towards the trajectory of the ball, it almost looked like Pollard tried to distract the bowler before the catch. Bumrah was left furious at his Mumbai Indian team-mate for creating a sort of block vision before he got hold of the leather. Here's the video of the incident:
Earlier, Rohit Sharma added another feather to his cap after he became the highest run-getter for India in the shortest format of the game. By doing so, he also surpassed Virat Kohli who was the previous holder of this record.
The Hitman, as he is fondly referred, achieved this feat playing his 86th T20I for the Men In Blue, also smashed his fourth T20I century, which is the most by any batsman in the format, to power India to 195/2. He remained unbeaten at 111 in an innings that was laced with eight fours and seven sixes, during his 61-ball stay at the crease.
On the other hand, his fellow opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan reached the 10,000 T2O1 runs landmark during the game after the West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl first. Although the southpaw managed a sedate 43 runs, he made the perfect anchorman alongside Rohit Sharma to stitch a massive 123 runs partnership for the opening wicket. After Dhawan's dismissal, Rishab Pant too didn't last long but KL Rahul helped Rohit Sharma apply the finishing touches to Indian innings with a 26 of 14 balls.
In reply, the West Indies batting lineup failed to deliver yet again. Khaleel Ahmed ripped through to the openers before Kuldeep Yadav cleaned the tail-enders. However, just like the previous matches, West Indies showed some fight but it was too late in the game to have any effect.