West Indies defeated Team India by five wickets in the second T20I of the series on Monday in Basseterre. India, batting first, was dismissed for just 138 in a game that had to be postponed twice owing to a delay in the delivery of baggage. The bowlers then made a valiant attempt to get the visitors back in the game, but they ultimately lost in the last over. The Windies’ best batsman was Obed McCoy, who claimed a magnificent six-wicket haul before opener Brandon King made a heroic 68 and Devon Thomas finished the game unbeaten on 31 off 19 deliveries to lead the Windies home.

Arshdeep Singh received the ball from skipper Rohit Sharma with the home team needing 16 runs off the last two overs. The left-handed bowler bowled an outstanding over, giving up only six runs and getting the crucial wicket of Rovman Powell. The majority of spectators anticipated that Rohit would choose Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the game’s last over (there were still two overs to go), but the India captain surprised everyone by choosing the inexperienced Avesh Khan.

The choice, however, proved unsuccessful as Avesh bowled a no-ball first-up and then gave up a six off the first actual ball of the over. The very next delivery, Devon Thomas hit a back-of-a-length ball from the India kid for a four, and the game was over.

Rohit explained why he did not use the more seasoned Bhuvneshwar during the last over after the game.

Since Bhuvi has been helping us for years, we are aware of what he does. You’ll never know until you give men like Avesh and Arshdeep a chance, Rohit remarked.

But there’s only one game. It all comes down to support them; they have the potential and the abilities. I have a lot of admiration for the bowlers and the team. These kinds of targets may be reached in 13–14 overs, but we stretched it out until the very last one. I was pleased with the way the bowlers bowled and I believed the lads carried out the plans, the Indian skipper said.