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On Wednesday (11th December) night, the hosts’ Indian batsmen dominated in the series-decider last game of the three-match T20I series against Windies and carried the team to the solid victory by 67 runs. With this victory, India won this series by the 2-1 margin.
Windies skipper Kieron Pollard won the toss and chose to field first. While the hosts posted the first innings total of 240/3 (20 overs), the visitors replied with 173/8 (20 overs).
Only two Caribbean batsmen reached the 20-run mark
While it was a really tough chase, early three wickets put the visiting side into the hapless position. Though Shimron Hetmyer and captain Kieron Pollard tried hard, Windies were never close to the chase that massive target. Only Hetmyer and Pollard reached the 20-run mark in that innings.
The no.3 batsman Shimron Hetmyer scored 41 runs off 24 balls (only four and 5 sixes). In the meantime, Pollard hit a 33-ball half-century and scored 68 runs off just 39 balls (5 fours and 6 sixes).
Opener Evin Lewis received an injury on his right knee during the first innings of the match. He didn’t come to bat during Windies innings while Brandon King joined as an opening partner of Lendl Simmons.
Among the Indian bowlers, Deepak Chahar (2/20), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/41), Mohammed Shami (2/25) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/45) all bagged two wickets each.
Indian batsmen dominated from the beginning
Indian openers started the match in a top way as they were smashing from the beginning. Opener Rohit Sharma finally played a big knock in this series as he and his opening partner KL Rahul first set 72/0 at the end of the mandatory powerplay. Later, they stretched that partnership for further and built up a century partnership.
While Rohit Sharma completed his half-century in 23 balls, KL Rahul reached his 50-run mark in 29 balls. The openers put 135 runs partnership and then Kesrick Williams dismissed Rohit who scored 71 off 34 balls (6 fours and 5 sixes). In the very next over of Rohit’s dismissal, Rishabh Pant (0) lost his wicket without opening his account.
However, KL Rahul remained unstoppable and the skipper Virat Kohli put the proper support to him. With the time progress, Kohli also fired up the Caribbean bowlers, and it helped India to set a mammoth total in the first innings. Kohli completed half-century in just 21 balls.
Just two balls before the end of that innings, Rahul was dismissed while he was nine runs short from his century. He scored 91 runs off 56 balls with 9 fours and 4 sixes. Before his dismissal, Rahul-Kohli put 95 runs partnership for the third wicket.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli remained not out on 70 runs off just 29 balls (4 fours and 7 sixes).
Among the Caribbean bowlers, Sheldon Cottrell (1/40), Kesrick Williams (1/37) and the skipper Kieron Pollard (1/33) scalped one wicket each.
Earlier, India won the first T20I of this series at Hyderabad by six wickets after successfully chasing down their record T20I target (208 runs). Windies levelled the series by winning the second T20I at Thiruvananthapuram by eight wickets.