In the second International T20 between India and West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram, West Indies won the match effortlessly as they chased down the target of 171 with 9 balls to spare, levelling the three-match series at 1-1 with one match to spare.
You always expect some enjoyment and drama, when West Indian team is on ground. And West Indies did not disappoint anyone this time too, as a moment of sloppy fielding gave everyone mouthful of laughter.
In the Indian innings, Shivam Dube, fast-bowling all-rounder from Mumbai, heaved first ball of the 11th over mid-off, but connection was not as good as he would have liked and for a second everyone’s heart came to their mouth as the ball was directly heading towards the west Indian Captain.
But a piece of Bizarre fielding saved him as Pollard lost the sight of the ball for a moment and turned his back towards the ball before falling on his knees, making himself a reason of joke, as the ball escaped to the boundary.
However, Dube failed to take advantage of the life as he holed out at Extra cover at in the same over.
Earlier, West Indies won the toss and invited India to bat first on a sluggish pitch. It was evident from the first ball of the innings that the ball would not come easily on to the bat. As the innings progressed, both the openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul failed to get India off a flier. Eventually, in the 4th over of the innings, India lost Rahul as he slogged a ball from West Indies spinner Khaye Pierre, giving an easy catch at deep square leg.
India, who is currently trying to put best T20 eleven on the park, sent Shivam Dube ahead of their captain to give some impetus to the innings. However, West Indies bowlers specially Pollard used his off pace deliveries very effectively as Dube played three consecutive dots in the 5th over. At the other end, Holder kept on bowling tightly as India could only manage 45-1 in seven overs.
Though Shivam Dube got hold of the pitch soon, as he attacked the West Indian duo of Holder and Pollard to collect 39 runs in next two overs. With Shivam Dube’s effortless hitting display India raced away to 93-2 at the end of two overs. In the process, Shivam Dube also registered his maiden T20I fifty off just 27 balls.