IND vs WI: Tilak Varma dedicates the celebration after scoring his maiden T20I fifty to Rohit Sharma’s daughter Samaira

IND vs WI: Tilak Varma dedicates the celebration after scoring his maiden T20I fifty to Rohit Sharma’s daughter Samaira
IND vs WI: Tilak Varma dedicates the celebration after scoring his maiden T20I fifty to Rohit Sharma’s daughter Samaira

IND vs WI: Tilak Varma dedicates the celebration after scoring his maiden T20I fifty to Rohit Sharma’s daughter Samaira

IND vs WI: Tilak Varma’s celebration after scoring his maiden T20I fifty in the second match of the series against West Indies was for Rohit Sharma’s 4-year-old daughter Samaira, the young Indian batsman said in a video shared by the BCCI on Twitter.

“It was all about (for) Sammy, Rohit bhai’s daughter, because our relation is really good,” said Varma after the match, which India lost by two wickets to go 2-0 down in the five-match series.

“I had said to her that whenever I will score a century or a fifty, I will do a celebration for her,” Varma added.

During the chase of 152, West Indies faced a daunting start as Hardik Pandya dismissed Brandon King (0) and Johnson Charles (2) in the very first over, leaving them struggling at 2/2. However, Nicholas Pooran and Kyle Mayers joined forces to rebuild the Windies’ innings. Pooran took charge and played aggressively, smashing Pandya for 17 runs in the third over, which included two fours and a six. Although Mayers later trapped lbw by Arshdeep for 15, Pooran continued to dominate the bowlers.

By the end of the powerplay, West Indies had reached 61/3 in 6 overs, with Pooran (42) and skipper Rovman Powell (2) at the crease. They reached the 50-run mark in just 5.2 overs. Pooran’s partnership with Powell ended when Hardik Pandya took a diving catch at third man to dismiss the West Indies skipper for 21 off 19 balls, making the score 89/4 in 9.5 overs.

At the 10-over mark, West Indies had reached 91/4, with Pooran (50*) completing his fifty in 29 balls and joined by Shimron Hetmyer (2). The team crossed the 100-run mark in 11.3 overs, and the match appeared to be well in their control.

However, a delivery from Mukesh Kumar led to the dismissal of Nicholas Pooran, caught by Sanju Samson at the cover point. Pooran’s excellent innings of 67 from 40 balls, including six fours and four sixes, came to an end, and West Indies reached 126/5 in 14 overs.

The third T20I, which is now a must-win game for India to stay alive in the series, will played on August 8.

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