India vs West Indies, 2nd T20: India eye another series win in Lucknow
Lucknow : The second T-20 match between India and the West Indies will be played a the newly built Ekana international stadium here on Tuesday evening.
The last time Lucknow hosted men’s international cricket, Mohammad Azharuddin and Arjuna Ranatunga were captaining India and Sri Lanka respectively, in a Test match in 1994 at the KD Singh Stadium.
India defeated the West Indies by five wickets in the first Twenty-20 International at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday night to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.
With the win at the Eden Gardens, India managed to better their head-to-head record against the reigning world T20 champions to 5-3 now from nine exchanges between 2009 and 2017.
Rohit Sharma is leading the side in Kohli’s absence and the 31-year-old and usually he has thrived in responsibility.
But Sunday was a rare failure for the Mumbaikar and he would look to make up for that with a big knock tomorrow.
Besides Sharma, opener Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, the young Rishabh Pant, and Manish Pandey also had a bad day in office in the series-opener.
It took a responsible 34-ball 31 from Dinesh Karthik and a nine-ball 21-run unbeaten cameo from newcomer Krunal Pandya to steer India home in 17.5 overs.
On the bowling front, left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav stole the limelight with brilliant figures of 3/13 from his four overs, while left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) and Pandya (1/15) were economical.
West Indies, on the other hand, would be desperate to return home with some positivity at the end of a two-month long series in which they lost both the Test and ODI series.
The third and final game is slated to be held in Chennai on November 11.