It was another day of Indian dominance. If it was for Amit Mishra and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar to take on the West-Indian batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli made sure that there was no area left in the field without being scored over.
India beat West Indies by 7 wickets in their second league match of T20 World Cup being played in Bangladesh. The match started with brilliance at display by Bhuvaneshwar well furnished with some breathe-taking swing bowling. The innings proceeded with Mishra’s tight leg-break making it tough for the Gayle led attack. Fierce Chris Gayle showed a cautious approach in the start and went back to pavilion leaving West-Indian hope hanging in a zone of uncertainty in the 13th over at the score of 62-2. Meanwhile he was already dropped twice, one an easy taking by Yuvraj which he spilled at boundary and the next one was a bit tougher chance. The fielding at display was below par in comparison to Indian standards of recent past. West-Indies finally ended up at 129-3 with Lendl Simmons contributing 27 runs in 22 balls. Bhuvaneshwar kumar ended up with a dream spell of 3-0-3-0. An economy of one in a T20 can be considered legendary. Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets on his name for 48 runs in 4 overs.
Indian team started off with a shocker as Dhawan found his leg stranded at the back foot when Umpire Richard Illingworth raised his finger off Samuel Badree in the first over of the match itself. But then Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma managed to pull off the innings with some amazing batting at display. Both completed a partnership of 106 runs before Virat Kohli getting bowled off Andre Russell. He scored a well-deserved fifty. Rohit Sharma managed to continue with some astounding strokes in play and took India home with him scoring 62 of 55 balls. The match stretched to 20th over of Indian innings as West Indian bowlers managed to hold Indian batsmen after the fall of Virat Kohli. Yuvraj found himself going back to pavilion when team needed just a single to register a win. Suresh Raina completed the formalities.
It was not a very good day of cricket with some awful fielding from both sides. But individual performances lifted the level of the game with Amit Mishra bagging the second consecutive Man of the Match award for his magical figures of 4-0-18-2. Later Dhoni expressed his regret for letting the match stretch upto the final overs.
India plays Bangladesh in their next match on 28th of March while West-Indies meets the hosts on March 24.