McCoy 6 for 17, King 68 help West Indies level series

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West Indies 141 for 5 (King 68, Thomas 31*, Jadeja 1-16) beat India 138 (Pandya 31, Jadeja 27, McCoy 6-17) by five wickets

The West Indies complicated a comfortable chase of 139, before a final over no-ball by Avesh Khan became the trigger for a five-wicket win that tied the five-game run against India. The West Indies went deep as the Indian bowlers tightened the screws in the middle overs – a 75 out 72 ball comparison, with nine wickets in hand, went 27 out 18 and then 10 out of the last over – but Devon Thomas took advantage of the free-hit to hit a six, followed by a four to complete the chase.

Earlier in the day, Obed McCoy took the West Indies’ best bowling figures in T20Is – and best against India from all sides in the format – as the visitors gave another glimpse into the future with a display of their new-found T20 method, demonstrating a willingness to risk big hits despite losing quick wickets.

Opener Brandon King then made 68 of 52 balls, holding one in a 139 chase.

McCoy pushed India back into the death overs where he took four of his six wickets after getting the first two in the third over of the match. India crashed to 138 all-out with two balls left in their innings after 104 for 4 in the 14th left, with the scoring drying up considerably as the wickets fell; only 37 runs came from the last seven overs.

No kits in St Kitts

The match started around the time it was supposed to end, after a three-hour delay caused by the delayed arrival of the teams’ luggage and equipment from Trinidad, the site of Friday’s first T20I. The coin toss finally took place at 1:00 PM instead of 10:00 AM.

McCoy masters the power play and death overs
After all that waiting, the spectators got their fair share of action from the very first ball of the match, when Rohit Sharma fended off a hitchhiker to the short third of the shoulder of his bat; the extra bounce McCoy got turned out to be a deciding factor as the innings went on. He threw a wicket-maiden to start the game, mixing back-of-a-length and fuller deliveries to keep new batter Shreyas Iyer quiet for the next five balls.

In the third over, McCoy struck again, inviting Suryakumar Yadav to drive to a ball the full length of the ball and chase after him, who came the full length of the crease and went diagonally over the right-hander.

India continued to seize their opportunities through the power play despite early wickets, with the short limits at Warner Park complementing their aggressive intent. They finished the first six overs 56 for 3, having already hit five sixes – but only that one four – and the first roller coaster period ended in the seventh over, when Rishabh Pant fell for 24 from 12 balls. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja then went into rebuild mode and added 43 balls.

India’s scoring percentage had declined by the time McCoy returned to bowl 17 – they were 112 for 5 – but they had Jadeja and an in-form Dinesh Karthik in the fold. Then McCoy brought about a change of pace and provoked Jadeja to loft a catch.

Only five came off, and with all the momentum sucked from India, McCoy struck three more times in the 19th skip. After catching Karthik on his short, fine leg, he saw R Ashwin trying to shuffle over his stumps, and shoved the ball further away, forcing the batter to fly it to the low point as he went into the wind. beat.

A bit of luck also went McCoy’s way when a hesitant review by Nicholas Pooran revealed that Bhuvneshwar Kumar had tickled a tight, good delivery to the wicketkeeper, completing a dream spell.

King starts nervous chase
The West Indies chase to 139 began in a confident manner, with King hitting six fours and a six in the first six overs to take the hosts to 46 with no loss. Kyle Mayers’ loss immediately after the power play didn’t seem to affect the West Indies too much either as their number 3 Pooran left the blocks with a four and a six on consecutive balls from Avesh Khan in the eighth left. However, Pandya and R Ashwin dragged India back into the game, conceding just 11 runs in the 9th, 10th and 11th overs, with Pooran coming out during that period.

Shimron Hetmyer fell not too long after that, and when Avesh King went over in the 16th, the West Indies comparison was 32 from 27 balls with six wickets in hand. Arshdeep Singh and Pandya then made it 23 out of 14 with ten boundless balls, before Thomas released the pressure by clubbing Hardik for six. Arshdeep swung the game one more time with an impeccable 19th over, giving up just six runs as Rovman Powell bowled, but Avesh’s last-over no-ball and Thomas’ icy at bat put the West Indies across the line.

Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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