What a game! It was! The West Indian team gave their all against the hosts. The Windies middle order of Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell displayed all of the power-hitting skills they possess at the Eden Gardens, to rescue West Indies after the early dismissals of the opening batters and also kept the Indian fans at the edge of the seat till the last over as the visitors were close to stealing a win over the hosts, but thanks to Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who even after having a poor economy rate bowled the last 3 overs with an intent to save the game for India. India won the match by just eight runs to take a 2-0 series lead in the series.

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Earlier, India started their batting innings on a bad note in Kolkata as Ishan Kishan was dismissed early scoring just 2 in 10 balss. But the pair of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli helped India to build the momentum with a 46-run stand before the former skipper Virat Kohli found his old touch as he scored his 30th half-century in the format. Windies spinners were choking the run rate post the powerplay overs as the hosts were struggling and lost Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav in quick successions. Kohli too departed just after his half-century but the Indian middle order had one surprise left as the 75-run stand between Rishabh Pant and Venkatesh Iyer helped India recover and end their batting innings in a superb fashion with 186/5 in 20 overs.

 

Brief Scores: India 186/5 (R. Pant 52(28), V. Kohli 52(41); R. Chase 25/3) defeated West Indies 178/3(R. Powell 68(36); B. Kumar 1/29) by 8 runs.

By Abhishek Pandey

Non-Aspiring future engineer having many aspirations in life. A lover of cricket and football, an admirer of the GOATs in both games. Solving the jigsaw puzzles of life in my own way to find the treasure of peace. There is only one quote that keeps me going- 'There is no way for being happy, being happy is the only way.'