India faced West Indies in a historic T20 cricket match played in the United States Saturday, and the two teams will need to work hard in the second and final T20 International — which will stream live on Sunday morning — to top the thrills they brought to the crowd in Lauderhill, Florida, in the first match — a match that set a new record for total runs scored in a game of T20 cricket.
The eye-popping total of 489 runs combined between the West Indies and India sides bested the previous high of 469 set in a 2010 Indian Premier League game between the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.
For the first time ever, India played an international cricket match on U.S. soil.
It was a thriller. WATCH: https://t.co/tRBveJE4tC
— ESPN (@espn) August 27, 2016
But even more than the relentless batting fireworks, the suspense in the nail-biting thriller left the crowd comprised mainly of fans from Indian and West Indian descent drained and ecstatic.
After India Captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to insert his rivals, who seemed to hold the home-field advantage even though the Lauderhill ground was technically a neutral venue, West Indies — who ousted India from the T20 World Cup held in India earlier this year — proceeded to pile on their highest total ever in a T20 innings, 245.
Presented with what appeared to be an impossible chase, India proved up to the task. Powered by an innings of 110 not out by KL Rahul, the match came down to the final ball with Dhoni needing just two off West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo to take the victory and gain a measure of revenge for the T20 World Cup semifinal defeat.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) August 28, 2016
But it wasn’t in the cards for India, as Bravo fooled Dhoni with a slower delivery that the India skipper lofted to Marlon Samuels for a catch that left India at 244.
Watch highlights of the extraordinary West Indies vs. India First T20 International at Lauderhill, Florida, U.S.A., in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the second West Indies vs. India T20, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. First ball is scheduled for 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 7 a.m. Pacific, at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida — just outside of Fort Lauderdale — on Sunday, August 28.
That start time is the same in the Caribbean islands, which are on Atlantic Standard Time, while fans in India can log in to the live stream at 7:30 p.m. India Standard Time.
West Indies hit sixes at will as they piled on 245 against India in the first T20I in Florida pic.twitter.com/YxsmapdvKj
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 27, 2016
For West Indies, opener Evin Lewis, spelling Chris Gayle, made Gayle’s absence all but moot as Lewis slammed nine sixes and five fours on his way to an even 100 before he was caught out by Ravi Ashwin of a delivery from Ravindra Jadeja.
West Indies set a new record for sixes in a single T20 innings, slamming 21, including six more from Johnson Charles, who put up a score of 79.
India slammed 11 sixes of their own, highlighted by five from Rahul on his way to his century.
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A live stream of the second of two T20 International cricket matches pitting T20 World Cup holders West Indies against India — who actually rank second in the world, one place higher than West Indies — will be available for fans in India from Star Sports at this link, as well as via CricHD at this link. The most reliable way to receive the West Indies vs. India live stream in the United States, however, is via the online streaming Indian TV service YuppTV, which has purchased exclusive rights to both West Indies vs. India T20 International matches. YuppTV has reduced the price of its subscription fee to live stream the Sunday cricket match to US$4.99, and the live streaming video can be accessed at this link.
[Photo By Lynne Sladky/Associated Press]