WI vs IND: Akeal Hossain recreates KL Rahul’s ‘Shut The Noise’ celebration in 2nd T20I

WI vs IND: Akeal Hossain recreates KL Rahul’s ‘Shut The Noise’ celebration in 2nd T20I
WI vs IND: Akeal Hossain recreates KL Rahul’s ‘Shut The Noise’ celebration in 2nd T20I

WI vs IND: Akeal Hossain recreates KL Rahul’s ‘Shut The Noise’ celebration in 2nd T20I

WI vs IND: West Indies left-arm spinner Akeal Hossain played a crucial role in securing a two-wicket victory over India on Sunday, in the second T20I at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. Hossain’s unbeaten 16 off 10 balls, along with Alzarri Joseph’s 10 runs, allowed the Windies to successfully chase down a target of 153 with 7 balls to spare, thanks to Nicholas Pooran’s outstanding 67 off 40 balls.

After sealing the win with a powerful shot against Mukesh Kumar in the penultimate over of the second innings, Akeal Hossain celebrated by emulating India’s KL Rahul’s signature ‘Shut the noise’ gesture, covering his ears with his fingers. This victory marked the West Indies’ consecutive T20I wins over India for the first time since 2016, and they are now eyeing their first T20I series win against the same opponents in the last 7 years.

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 being 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.

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