Indian all-rounder Shivam Dubey gave a brilliant performance in the second T20 of the ongoing three-match series against the West Indies at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.
Dubey was promoted to place an order in the batting line-up and sensationalized the confidence shown above. Dubey scored 54 runs off his first 30 balls, hitting four sixes and three fours.
India lost their match by eight wickets after failing to defend the target of 170 runs, but for Virat Kohli and his men, Dubey’s win was a very positive thing. The youngster all-rounder came out to bat after opener KL Rahul was dismissed in the 4th over of the Indian innings.
He took no time to settle down and made a scathing attack on the Windies bowlers.
As Indy continued to lose wickets from the other end, Dubey took the field from one end and completed his half-century.
He became the second Indian player to score his first T20 half-century in T20I games. Only Robin Uthappa has achieved this unique milestone before. Uthappa scored his first T20 half-century against Pakistan in Durban in 2007, which was also his first T20 half-century.
However, despite Dubey’s heroism, India failed to win the game after another disastrous performance by the bowlers. The West Indies top order once again dominated the proceedings with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Lewis was out for 40 off 35 balls, while Simmons was unbeaten and caught his team comfortably by scoring 67 off 45 balls. He shared an unbeaten 61-run partnership for the third wicket with Nicholas Pooran (38).
With this win, the West Indies have now equalized the three-match series 1–1 and the final T20I in Mumbai will be a winning game for both teams.