India cricket team defeated West Indies cricket team in the third T20I match at the Providence Stadium, Guyana today to complete a 3-0 whitewash.
Young Rishabh Pant finally came good under the guidance of skipper Virat Kohli as India comfortably beat West Indies. Chasing target of 147 on a slowish deck, skipper Kohli anchored the innings to perfection with 59 off 45 balls while Pant was brilliant during his unbeaten 65 off 42 balls. The target was achieved in 19.1 overs.
A lot of credit should also go to seamer Deepak Chahar, who bowled a magnificent opening spell and ended with figures of 3 for 4 in 3 overs which went a long way in restricting the West Indies to a manageable 146 for 6.
For the home team, it is their worst streak in T20 Internationals having lost six straight games.
Pant and Kohli then came together at 27 for 2 and slowly build the innings during a stand that yielded 106 runs in 12.5 overs. Kohli’s 21st half-century in T20 Internationals had six fours.
Until their 50-run stand, the duo didn’t hammer the Windies attack. It was in the 13th over when Pant finally gave the charge, getting his first six. Pant’s second half-century in T20 Internationals came when he flicked Sheldon Cottrell for a boundary.
Once he had reached his half-century, he got on one knee and hit Oshane Thomas for his third six. He also hit four boundaries. The fourth and final six from Pant got India the winning runs.
Earlier, Deepak’s incisive swing bowling was countered by Kieron Pollard’ attacking half-century and Rovman Powell’s cameo as West Indies put up a par score of 146 for 6 after being put into bat.
He took three wickets his first two overs to leaving West Indies tottering at 14 for 3. He got the ball to swing both ways as he removed pinch-hitter Sunil Narine (2), Evin Lewis (10) and Shimron Hetmyer (1).
However, Pollard counter-attacked with a dozen of sixes in his 45-ball-58, his first half-century for the West Indies in seven years.
Along with Nicholas Pooran (17), who played the second fiddle, Pollard added 67 for the fourth wicket as the Caribbeans looked to have recovered from their initial slump.
However Navdeep Saini came back for his second spell to first dismiss left-hander Pooran.
Saini (2/34 in 4 overs), who had trapped Pollard leg-before with a dipping full-toss in the first game then bowled a slower delivery that pegged back the middle stump breaching through his bat and pad. West Indies were once again reeling at 105 for 5 before Deepak’s younger cousin Rahul (1/27 in 3 overs) got his maiden wicket in the form rival skipper Carlos Brathwaite.
However Powell smashed his way to an unbeaten 32 off 20 balls to prop up the Windies total.
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