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07-Aug-2023 02:12:00 GMT
WI vs Ind - 2nd T20I, Guyana

Pooran, bowlers edge past India to take 2-0 lead

West Indies 155 or 8 (Pooran 67, Pandya 3-35, Chahal 2-19) beat India 152 for 7 (Tilak 51, Joseph 2-28, Shepherd 2-28) by two wickets

Guyana: In-form power-hitter Nicholas Pooran was the hero as the West Indies broke a seven-year drought by defeating India by two wickets in the second T20I of their series in Guyana.

Pooran smashed 67 from just 40 deliveries as the West Indies successfully chased down India's modest total of 152/7 with seven balls remaining to give the Caribbean side a 2-0 advantage in the five-game T20I series.

It was a mature performance from both Pooran and the West Indies, who displayed their prowess in the shortest format of the game to register consecutive T20I victories over India for the first time since 2016.

Pooran strode to the crease with his side in a spot of bother at 2/2 in the first over and was finally out on the final delivery of the 14th over with his team in a strong position.

India did claim three quick wickets following Pooran's departure to provide a glimmer of hope, but bowlers Akeal Hosein (16*) and Alzarri Joseph (10*) held their nerve to ensure the hosts held on.

Pooran was thrilled to make a strong contribution and believes his team are building well ahead of co-hosting next year's ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

India captain Hardik Pandya picked up three wickets with the ball and only youngsters Tilak Varma (51) and Ishan Kishan (27) contributed more runs than the 24 he scored when at the crease during the middle overs.

The India skipper was left to rue the performance from his batters, after his side lost wickets at regular intervals after winning the toss and electing to bat and only managed to post a below-par score.

Pandya did save some praise for Varma, who stroked an impressive half-century in just his second international appearance and believes the left-hander has a bright future in the game.

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