Tilak Varma scored his maiden T20I fifty but it was in vain as West Indies beat India by two wickets in the second T20I in Guyana on Sunday. Varma scored 51 off 41 balls but India was bundled out for 152 in their 20 overs. West Indies then chased down the target with seven balls to spare, Nicholas Pooran top-scored for the West Indies with his brilliant 67 off 40 balls with the help of 6 fours and 4 sixes.
India was off to a good start after opting to bat first, with opener Ishan Kishan putting on 27 runs. However, the innings lost its way after Kishan was dismissed at 27. Shubhman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav went off in an early succession. Varma then came to the crease and tried to rebuild the innings. He scored his fifty off 41 balls, hitting 5 fours and a six.
However, he was eventually dismissed by Akeal Hosein for 51. India’s middle order failed to fire and they were eventually bowled out for 152. West Indies got off to a slow start in their chase but Pooran took charge of the innings. He scored 67 off 40 balls, hitting 6 fours and 4 sixes. He was well supported by Shimron Hetmyer, who scored a crucial 22 off 22 balls. West Indies eventually reached their target with seven balls to spare. This win gives them a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
- Tilak Varma showed his class with a maiden T20I fifty. He scored 51 off 41 balls and hit five fours and a six.
- West Indies bowlers did well to restrict India to 152. Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, and Akeal Hosein all took two wickets each.
- Nicholas Pooran was the star for West Indies with the bat. He scored 67 off 40 balls and hit 6 fours and 4 sixes. West Indies chased down the target with seven balls to spare to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
The third T20I will be played on Tuesday in Guyana. India will need to win that match to stay alive in the series.