Published: Wed, August 31, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

India , West Indies 2nd T20 I called off due to rain

India , West Indies 2nd T20 I called off due to rain

India produced a far better performance with the ball in Florida, but rain prevented them from squaring the series against West Indies.

After the second and final Twenty20 worldwide match between West Indies and India was abandoned due to wet outfield, the skipper praised the efforts to arrange the short series in United States.

With the outfield soaked, the match was abandoned 90 minutes later, and India had faced only two overs, three short of the point at which a result could have been decided via the Duckworth-Lewis method. The Indian spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin (2-11) and Ravindra Jadeja (0-11), exerted a lot of pressure in the next four overs as they conceded just 22 runs and accounted the wicket for Lendl Simmons (19).

The world cricket can afford to have more Twenty20 matches in the Unites States of America despite a crammed worldwide schedule since it is a good venue for the game, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni suggested on Sunday.

"If they say okay it was unfit for play, it was unfit for play", MS Dhoni said. "It is a good venue to continue cricket", he added.

"What the umpires told was, there was not adequate equipment over here and the condition of it was quite bad, so because the conditions wouldn't improve we won't be able to play a game again".

"Yes it will be a bit cramped (in terms of schedule) for worldwide cricketers but I don't think the modern cricketers mind it".

"This is one place where we can come back and play cricket - a triangular or four-nation series", Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony.

However, Dhoni said there's a future for T20 cricket in America's crowded sports market. Also the money making ability of this place, the spectators will come, the time suits broadcasters. It's a win win situation for every one.

West Indies' skipper Carlos Brathwaite had a different view stating some areas of the ground were "unsafe".

Indian bowlers put up a collective effort in restricting the West Indies to a manageable total on a slow wicket that had nothing for the pacers. Their bowlers bowled well.

Ind vs WI: However, early in the match, it seems another high-scoring game was on the cards as the West Indies openers took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners - Bhuneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami were the guilty parties. "But we always had full confidence in defending our total", the strapping West Indian said.

"If I remember in 2011, the whole ODI series that we played in England, it was literally playing under the rain. We had discussion if we can come here again". Fantastic field, fantastic wicket.

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