Cricket West Indies defeated India in the second T20I at Warner Park St Kitts to level the five-match series 1-1. In the closing stages of the game, Dion Thomas kept his cool and hit a free hit for a six which was bowled by Avish Khan as he helped West Indies to a five-wicket win.
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Khan may not have been the best last-over bowler, but he bowled a ball, and his punishment ended. He started off with a no ball which meant he had to bowl a free hit in the last over as the hosts needed ten off the last six. In the end, it turned out to be a cakewalk as Thomas cut to hit the winning runs, sealing the deal with four balls to spare.
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Earlier, Arsdeep Singh bowled an excellent closing over to reduce the equation to ten for 6 as he managed to remove the dangerous looking Rowman Powell. The Indian bowlers hit a lot of boundaries as Brendan King (68 off 52 balls) went after them. But then Hardik Pandya and the spinners pulled things back with the required run-rate north of nine at one stage.
Put into bat in a match that was pushed back three hours due to the late arrival of team kits, the Indians lost momentum from the start as skipper Rohit Sharma (0) was dismissed on the very first ball of the match. Throughout the innings, the Indians failed to gauge the pace and bounce of the Warner Park track, as McCoy mixed his variations well during a career-best spell.
It was extra bounce from McCoy who awkwardly took his shoulder off the bat and was in action to stare down short third man Dooley. Surya Kumar Yadav (11) hit a brave six over cover but McCoy bowled a full one, and with no obvious footwork, the loosely attempted wide drive was only to turn into an edge and the wicketkeeper. The glove was about to come off.
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