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. So, he stood his ground tempting the fielder to take a shy at his end, but the fielder threw the ball at Pant's end as he was a left-hander and the natural angle made it easier for him to throw at Pant's end.
The West Indies poor form in the one-day matches transferred into the T20s also as they crumbled in the first match and their batting especially was a major weakness and remains a big concern coming into this second game in Lucknow. "I think 120-plus partnership between us was very crucial". We wanted to get used to the pitch, hence we took our time.
The number-fest in India's series-winning victory, though, wasn't limited exclusively to the captain. It will be a fantastic opportunity for Rahul to get some runs under his belt before the tour of Australia.
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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 worldwide, to record their fourth straight series defeat inside the last 12 months.
Darren Bravo's 23 was the top score in West Indies' timid reply to the huge target set for them.
"They have full of potential and now its up to them whether they really want to work hard or not, play really good cricket, listen to the coaching staff and senior players".
Even so, Brathwaite again contended there were small positives to be found. "We need to improve a lot to get to that stage", Law said. Two consecutive ones, one from a slog sweep and another with a straighter bat, off left-arm spinner Fabian Allen left the whole stadium awestruck.