2nd T20 PHOTOS: Rain denies India chance to level series vs WI

28-rain-at-floridaAmit Mishra’s career-best figures of 3 for 24 in T20Is helped India bundle out the West Indies for 143 in 19.4 overs.
The second and final Twenty20 International between India and the West Indies was called off due to wet outfield, as rain spoiled India’s chase in Florida on Sunday.

Chasing 144 to win and level the series, India were 15 without loss in two overs when rain stopped play.

Earlier, India’s bowlers put behind the bashing they suffered in the opening match and displayed supreme control to bundle out the West Indies for 143 in 19.4 overs.

Leg spinner Amit Mishra (3-24) provided the opening breakthrough by dismissing Johnson Charles (43) and Ravichandran Ashwin then combined with paceman Jasprit Bumrah to tighten the noose around the West Indies with regular strikes.

The West Indies’ batsmen, who had hammered the Indian bowlers in the first match, found the going tough and were bowled out.

Mishra, who replaced Stuart Binny, gave away only 24 runs while dismissing three batsmen and Ashwin (2-11) also did well to check the scoring.

Bumrah (2-26) 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 (2-31) initially bowled 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’s 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 facing a short ball or a length delivery. The strapping Windies batsman dispatched those deliveries to the boundary ropes with consummate ease.

Mishra struck with his first delivery as he saw the back of Charles, who attempted a maximum but found Ajinkya Rahane at long-on.

The spinner put the brakes on the scoring rate, giving away only four runs in that over.

With the 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 the West Indies 50 runs, India conceded only 26 in the next five, bowled by the spinners, and also took two wickets.

Ashwin foxed a charging Lendl Simmons (19) with a wide delivery and had him stumped.

Jasprit Bumrah had Marlon Samuels (5) caught behind with his first delivery while Ashwin had his second wicket when he trapped Kieron Pollard (13) in the next over.

The West Indies were struggling when Bumrah cleaned up Andre Fletcher (3) and Mishra returned to get the better of Dwayne Bravo (3) and the very dangerous Carlos Brathaaite (18).

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