India vs West Indies - 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

India vs Windies 2018

The evening belonged to Rohit, who carried on his fabulous form from the one-dayers, in which he scored two centuries, to surpass Virat Kohli as the leading T20 run-getter of the country early in the innings.

The charge was led by captain Rohit Sharma, who after playing out the first over as a maiden, opened his shoulders and sent the Windies bowlers and fielders on an almighty leather hunt, which ceased only when the final delivery was bowled.

The India openers had to weather some good fast bowling by West Indies at the start, but from the moment Rohit broke the shackles with a six off the first ball of spin he faced, he looked unstoppable.

Rohit was impressed with the youngster, who himself sought the new ball from his skipper.

Hitman's knock also saw him overtake Pakistan's Shoaib Malik and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum to grab the second spot on the list of batsmen with the most runs in T20 internationals. You don't have to make too many changes to your game because you already have shared the dressing room with worldwide players, he said."When you come into the Indian team, by then you had already learned professionalism and know how to correct your mistakes".

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"Whenever you get an opportunity, you try and do well. Everyone who came out to watch the game will go home with a smile", Rohit said in the post-match presentation. We wanted to get used to the pitch, hence we took our time.

He and Shikhar Dhawan posted 123 runs for opening wicket to provide a ideal platform after West Indies started off promisingly with paceman Oshane Thomas bowling a maiden Dhawan got to a somewhat sedate 43 (41b, 4x3) before being caught by Nicholas Pooran off the bowling of Allen at long-leg, but there was no respite for the visitors thereafter as the Indians pressed on the gas pedal to dictate terms. "I think 120-plus partnership between us was very crucial", the captain said.

Having survived a drop on 28, Dhawan was eventually dismissed by spinner Fabien Allen in the 14th over, with Nicholas Pooran taking a diving catch at long leg. Always hard to take catches off the back foot like the one we just saw.

"It didn't work batting wise in these two games. Hopefully in the third game, we'll put up a better performance", said the Windies skipper.

Carlos Brathwaite's side will hope to avoid a series sweep when they conclude their tour with the third and final T20, which takes place in Chennai on Sunday.

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