Rohit Sharma's blazing ton leads India to easy win over hapless Windies

India start as favourites against the West Indies in the second T20I

The 27-year-old Krunal has scored 21 runs from the two T20I matches.

Skipper Carlos Brathwaite on Tuesday tried desperately to search for the positives after West Indies crashed to a 71-run defeat to India in the second Twenty20 global, to record their fourth straight series defeat inside the last 12 months.

Considering that West Indies' pacer Oshane Thomas started off with a maiden, India closing in on 200 was primarily due to Rohit's blitzkrieg, which contributed nearly 57 per cent of the host's total. New Indian pacer star Khaleel Ahmed says that he is loving every moment of playing for the country and the passion is what makes his celebration stand out.

He is now the second highest scorer in the world behind New Zealand's Martin Guptill, on 2,271 runs. Later, Indian bowlers produced a clinical display one more time and never really allowed the men in maroon to get on with the tall chase of 196. Whenever you get an opportunity you do your best. Everyone who came out to watch the game will go home with a smile. "I think 120-plus partnership between us was very crucial". Hence, we took so much time to understand what the pitch is doing.

The big-hitting Sharma put on 123 runs with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, who made 43, to pummel the West Indian bowling after paceman Oshane Thomas started with a maiden over.

The right-left combination of Sharma and Dhawan, who surpassed 1,000 T20 runs during his 41-ball knock, smashed the balls to all parts of the huge ground before the first wicket fell in the 14th over.

After the fall of Dhawan, who was caught brilliantly in the deep by Nicholas Pooran off Allen, and Rishabh Pant in quick succession to pull shots, Rohit forged an unbroken 62-run stand with K.L. Rahul (26) as the host collected 66 runs in the last five overs, including 20-plus runs in two.

Rohit hit seven sixes and eight fours to post his fourth T20 century, the most by any batsman in the format at worldwide level.

West Indies' misery in the two-month long tour was compounded as they suffered yet another series defeated after losing the Test series 0-2 and subsequently the one dayers by 1-3 margin. "Hopefully in the third game, we'll put up a better performance", said the Windies skipper.

The third and final match in the series takes place in Chennai on Sunday.



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