Team India defeated West Indies in the thrilling second T20I by eight runs at Eden Gardens in Kolkata to lead the three-match series 2-0.

Chasing the massive target of 187, West Indies didn’t have a good start as they lost two wickets for 59 in 8.3 overs. Before the home team could capitalise further, the pair of Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell teamed up to counter-attack.

Both Pooran and Powell smashed their respective half-centuries and took the visitors near the finish line. The duo added 100 runs for the third wicket and almost ended the proceedings before Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruined the Caribbean hopes.

Bhuvi showed all his experience and bowled a sensational penultimate over to pull off a thrilling win for India. The right-armer only conceded 4 runs in the over and also removed set-batter Pooran for a well-made 62.

Although Powell (68 no) stayed on the crease and smashed a couple of sixes in the final over but it wasn’t enough as India won the contest by eight runs.

Earlier, India posted 186/5 on the board in their allotted 20 overs. Former skipper Virat Kohli rolled back into form and made a tremendous 52 from 41 deliveries with the help of eight boundaries, including a six.

Although, after losing Kohli, the hosts were struggling at 106/4 in 13.4 overs before Rishabh Pant and Venkatesh Iyer joined hands to take their team out of trouble. The pair formed a crucial stand of 76 runs for the fifth wicket to take India to a competitive score.

Pant smashed a brilliant unbeaten knock 52 off 28 balls, including seven fours and a maximum, while Iyer made 33 from 18 deliveries. For the tourists, Roston Chase was the pick of the bowler. The off-spinner picked up a three-wicket haul for 25 in his quota of 4 overs.

Most successive wins in T20Is for India:

9 wins: Jan – Dec 2020
8 wins: Nov 2021 – Feb 2022*
7 wins: Dec 2012 – Apr 2014
7 wins: Feb – Mar 2016
7 wins: Mar – Jul 2018

Here is how Twitter reacted:

It’s all about holding the nerves, trusting your skills and executing well. Outstanding display of bowling from Team India bowlers 👏👏 Congratulations #TeamIndia on winning the T20 series #INDvWI

— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) February 18, 2022

Bhuvi’s 19th over was the difference in the end… 🥳 👏 #INDvWI

— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 18, 2022

India inviting teams to play at home: #INDvWI #Domination 👊🏼

— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 18, 2022

Been a fan of Bhuvi over the years and am genuinely delighted to see this performance from him. Bowled the tough overs, including a great 19th over

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 18, 2022

In my opinion, Bhuvneshwar is the man of the match, considering the tricky conditions. WI also had the hitters.

— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) February 18, 2022

Bumrah, Bhuvi, Harshal gives great options at death. Allows Bumrah to be the middle over enforcer if required. #INDvWI

— cricBC (@cricBC) February 18, 2022

It was a nervy affair but #TeamIndia prevail at the end.

Series win ✅#INDvWI #SaddaPunjab

— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) February 18, 2022

India win by 8 runs and go 2-0 up in the series. #INDvWI #CPL22 #CricketPlayedLouder

— CPL T20 (@CPL) February 18, 2022

This is the first time West Indies lost 3 consecutive away T20I bilateral series.

Lost 0-2 v NZ
Lost 0-3 v PAK
Lost 0-2 v IND (so far)#INDvWI

— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) February 18, 2022

India seal the series with win in 2nd T20I.#INDvWI Scorecard:

— Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) February 18, 2022

It went down to the wire but India emerged as victors and sealed the series 2-0 👏

🇮🇳 won by 8 runs.#INDvWI |

— ICC (@ICC) February 18, 2022

Bumrah, Bhuvi, Harshal gives great options at death. Allows Bumrah to be the middle over enforcer if required. #INDvWI

— cricBC (@cricBC) February 18, 2022

Also that 19th over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar! The best death overs performance I have seen from Bhuvi in long time.#INDvWI

— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) February 18, 2022

Rohit Sharma after becoming full-time captain of team India:


— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 18, 2022

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