India vs Windies 2018: 2nd T20I, Lucknow

Ekana International Cricket Stadium

Ekana International Cricket Stadium

"Hopefully, in the third game we'll put up a better performance and come up with a win".

Rohit's sublime touch made up for India's cautious start after West Indies asked the home team to bat first on a lesser known track.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the second T20 cricket match between India and West Indies at the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on November 6, 2018.

Rohit, who was lucky to see his shot brush Allen's fingers on 71, reached his century by scooping Brathwaite to the fine-leg rope in the final over, which produced 20 runs.

The Indian captain was just getting started; after sussing the conditions he walked all over the Windies attack as he belted his fourth T20I century and became the only person in the world to boast of 4 centuries in this format.

The evening had begun sedately for Sharma and his partner Shikhar Dhawan, as Windies newcomer Oshane Thomas, along with Keemo Paul, kept India down to 11/0 in the first 3 overs. With the innings in Lucknow, Rohit has 19, while Virat Kohli, who has been rested for this series, has 18 such innings. Whenever you get an opportunity you do your best.

"I was reading the pitch when we were batting", he said. "Everyone who came out to watch the game will go home with a smile", Rohit said in the post-match presentation.

Kieron Pollard almost collided with Jasprit Bumrah while the latter was completing a caught and bowled chance. The duo ran ones and twos on a huge ground to put pressure on the West Indies, whose bowlers became wayward after showing discipline initially.

Darren Bravo hit 23 off 18 balls but Windies were unable to get any significant partnerships going, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-12) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-20) the most economical of the Indian bowlers. Obviously last game we bowled and fielded very, very well. Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed struck in his first and third overs to remove two unsafe batsmen, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, cheaply and retard the run rate. "Khaleel is a different bowler with the new ball as it gives him more confidence". It's only helping the team when someone like Khaleel bowls in such a manner.

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