Pooran, Hosein win battle of nerves to make it 2-0 for West Indies

Tilak Varma heaves one away•Aug 06, 2023•AFP/Getty Images

Three days later, Tilak was happy to play anchor. He came in at 18 for 2 in the fourth over, with Gill and Suryakumar’s lean returns continuing.

Despite hitting two boundaries, Tilak was only on 21 off his first 24 balls. But even then those fours hinted at his confidence: the first was a clean loft over mid-on, the next a bold scoop over short-fine leg. He ultimately upped the tempo and finished with 51 from 41, though he did enjoy some luck.

When on 25, his pull shot was anticipated by Shepherd at short fine leg, where he stuck his right hand up only for the ball to brush it and trickle to the rope; on 30, McCoy ran and dived to his left from long-on, but dropped another tough chance.

But a reverse-sweep for four and a heave over short fine for six soon after showed Tilak still wasn’t afraid to take his chances. (ESPNcricinfo)