West Indies 143 (Charles 43, Mishra 3-24, Ashwin 2-11, Bumrah 2-26) v India 15 for 0
Chasing 144 to level the two-match bilateral series against West Indies, India were 15 for no loss in two overs when rain stopped play here on Sunday . The match was called off due to a wet outfield. Earlier, the match had started 40 minutes late because of `technical’ problems.An improved bowling performance saw India bundle out West Indies in the 20th over, with Amit Mishra’s spell of 3 for 24 the standout performance. After Mishra had provided the opening breakthrough by dismissing Johnson Charles (43), R Ashwin combined well with paceman Jasprit Bumrah to tighten the noose around the West Indies with regular strikes.
West Indies batsmen, who had scouraged the Indian bowlers in the first match, today found the going tough and were bowled out in 19.4 overs.
Mishra, who replaced Stuart Binny , gave away only 24 runs and dismissed three batsmen and his bowling made a good impact along with Ashwin (211), who conceded very few runs in his three overs. Bumrah (226) was consistent with his line and length while Mohammed Shami also chipped in with two scalps.
The Indian pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami (231) bowled at a good length but were punished when they strayed as the pitch had nothing to offer for the pacers. Charles hoicked Bhuvneshwar, who dug one short, for a massive six over mid-wicket to begin the fireworks even as Shami removed the first match centurion Evin Lewis (7). An unfazed Charles though flicked Shami for another six with the strength of his wrist and followed it up with consecutive boundaries.
Charles had no problem whether he was facing a short ball or a length delivery . The strapping Windies batsman dispatched those balls to the boundary ropes with consummate ease. Mishra struck with his first ball as he saw the back of Charles, who attempted a maximum but found Ajinkya Rahane at long on.
Mishra put the brakes on the scoring rate, giving away only four runs in that over.With spinners looking like making an impact, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni introduced left-armer Ravindra Jadeja, who bowled five dots and conceded only one run in the next over. While the first five overs fetched West Indies 50 runs, India conceded only 26 in the next five, bowled by spinners, and also took two wickets. Ashwin foxed a charging Lendl Simmons (19) with a wide ball and had him stumped.
Jasprit Bumrah had Marlon Samuels (5) caught behind with his first ball while Ashwin had his second wicket when he got Kieron Pollard (13) the next over. West Indies were now struggling. Bumrah cleaned up Andre Fletcher (3) and Mishra returned to get Dwayne Bravo (3) and Carlos Brathaaite (18).