India bowlers hold off Pooran-Powell onslaught as Men in Blue notch up 100th T20I win

Brief scores: India 186/5 (Rishabh Pant 52*, Virat Kohli 52, Venkatesh Iyer 33; Roston Chase 3/25, Sheldon Cottrell 1/20) beat West Indies 178/3 (Rovman Powell 68*, Nicholas Pooran 62; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/29, Ravi Bishnoi 1/30) by 8 runs

Statistical highlights of India vs West Indies 2nd T20I 2022

  • India became the second international team (after Pakistan) to notch up 100 T20 International wins after they beat the West Indies by eight runs in the second T20I and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
  • India have now played 155 T20Is since playing their first in 2006, against South Africa, winning 100, losing 51, with four no-results.
  • Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran threatened to take the visitors to a series-leveling win with a 100-run third-wicket partnership that narrowed the equation down to 37 runs required off 18 balls. West Indies needed 128 runs in 69 balls when Powell joined Pooran, and the pair added 100 runs off 60 balls before they were separated.
  • Powell finished unbeaten on 68 off 36 balls, his third T20I half-century, while Pooran notched up his second fifty of the T20I series and the seventh of his career.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 4-0-29-1. His fourth over, and the nineteenth of the innings, cost India just four runs and left the West Indies needing 25 runs off the last.
  • Earlier, Rishabh Pant (52*) and Venkatesh Iyer (33) provided India with a strong finish with a 76-run fifth-wicket partnership that took the home team’s total past 180. Pant and Iyer showcased power and timing as they made the West Indies bowlers pay for their poor lines and lengths in the slog overs. The partnership run-rate of 13.02 help India grab the momentum and, in the final analysis, was decisive.
  • Virat Kohli had earlier notched up his 30th T20I half-century as he helped stabilise the Indian innings after the early dismissal of Ishan Kishan. He was clinical in finding the gaps during the powerplay and was the dominant scorer in a 49-run partnership with captain Rohit Sharma. He later accumulated runs in typical Kohli style with ones and twos and provided Pant and Iyer with a good launchpad for the final six overs.
  • The victory was India’s 20th in 24 T20Is under Rohit’s captaincy.