2nd T20I, India vs West Indies: India aim to wrap series

India’s captain Rohit Sharma left shakes hand with West Indies’ captain Carlos Brathwaite

India’s captain Rohit Sharma left shakes hand with West Indies’ captain Carlos Brathwaite

Having elected to field, West Indies initially managed to restrain Rohit and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, conceding only nine runs in the first four overs. The newly-constructed stadium, hosting its first men's global, was not supposed to provide a run-fest if the curator's words were to be believed - but when the "Hitman" gets going, conditions are known to go for a toss. India's win margin of 71 runs was their biggest against the West Indians in T20Is.

Fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah, along with spinner Kuldeep Yadav, took two wickets each.

"I was reading the pitch when we were batting", he said.

Skipper Rohit Sharma's record-breaking fourth T20 global hundred powered India to a comprehensive 71-run win over West Indies in what turned out to be another one-sided series victory for the hosts. It will be a fantastic opportunity for Rahul to get some runs under his belt before the tour of Australia.

Young pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who convinced his skipper to hand him the new ball in the second Twenty20 against the West Indies, says he thrives on responsibility and never lets pressure affect his performance.

Rohit, who made batting lovely with his immaculate timing and placement, picked the ball early and swung his bat to beat the big boundaries for some crisp fours and incredible sixes. It's only helping the team when someone like Khaleel bowls in such a manner. I hope we get many more games here and we continue to entertain them.

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Sharma made an unbeaten 111 off 61 deliveries to give India an imposing total after the hosts were put into bat first in the second match at Lucknow´s newly built stadium.

Darren Bravo's 23 was the top score in West Indies' timid reply to the huge target set for them. We wanted to restrict them to 170-180 but that didn't happen.

Even so, Brathwaite again contended there were small positives to be found.

"While we always highlight the negatives, it is sometimes good to take away the positives".

It's hard to choose the flawless batting pair but we're trying. "We need to improve a lot to get to that stage", Law said.

Changes would seem unlikely as they are unlikely to make any rash decisions after one game but the opening batsmen is clearly an issue with Ramdin opening on Sunday and struggling and they have nobody in the squad who has sufficient quality to get them off to a rapid start alongside Hope.

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