Live Updates: India look to seal the three-match series when they take on West Indies in the third T20I encounter in Thiruvananthapuram. Virat Kohli slammed a brilliant 50-ball-94 to guide his team to victory in the first T20I in Hyderabad and the skipper will once again be the main attraction on Sunday. While the batsmen played some brilliant knocks, the bowlers did not have a good outing as they ended up conceding 207 runs and it will be a good chance for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal to fire ahead of the T20 World Cup.
19:19 hrs: Surprise move by India! Shivam Dube is the No. 3 batsman for the hosts instead of skipper Virat Kohli. This can be a strategy to unnerve the left-arm spinner but this can also backfire. IND 28/1
19:15 hrs: KL Rahul was looking in good touch by Pierre has provided the major breakthrough for West Indies. The ball ballooned off the top edge and Shimron Hetmyer completed an easy catch at the boundary. India 24/1
19:10 hrs IST: Khary Pierre bowled the second over but the Indian openers decided to play him cautiously. However, he ended up giving up a loose delivery which was slashed for a boundary by KL Rahul. IND 19/0
19:05 hrs IST: Not a good start for Sheldon Cottrell. He was quite wayward in his line and length and it resulted in two boundaries. The first one came off a wide delivery and the second one was guided through the fine leg region by Rohit Sharma. IND 12/0
18:58 hrs IST: A win on Sunday will not only help India seal their second series in the shortest format but also give them a chance to tests the fringe players as they continue their preparation for the T20 World Cup. India pulled off their highest successful run chase in a T20 International on Friday night as they chased down a challenging 207 for 5, posted by the Windies, in 18.4 overs.
18:47 hrs IST: West Indies (Playing XI) – Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams
18:41 hrs IST: India (Playing XI) – Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal.
18:30 hrs IST: West Indies won the toss and opted to field against India in the second T20I. This can be a good toss to win for them as the pitch can getter easier with time. Let’s see how India handles the conditions.
18:19 hrs IST: Pitch Report – ‘It isn’t as flat as it was in Hyderabad. The spinners will have a say today. The team winning the toss would want to chase. Dew could be a factor as well’, according to Murali Kartik and Sunil Gavaskar
18:08 hrs IST: On Friday, India claimed their seventh straight T20I win over the visitors, beating them comfortably by six wickets in the first game to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The hosts had claimed the season’s first T20 series win at home last month, beating Bangladesh 2-1.
18:01 hrs IST: In the last 13 months, India have played the West Indies in six T20 Internationals with the hosts coming up trumps every single time.
17:55 hrs IST: Welcome to the live updates from the second T20I encounter between India and West Indies. The hosts are clear favourites once again after chasing down a record total in the first match and all eyes will once be on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as the two teams square off in Thiruvananthapuram.
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