India Clinch 3-0 Win with Last-Ball Thriller

India Clinch 3-0 Win with Last-Ball Thriller
India won the T20I series 3-0

India beat West Indies by 6 wickets, winning a thrilling match that went down to the last ball of the match in Chennai in a high-scoring game that saw more than 360 runs scored on the day The victory saw them complete a three-nil whitewash in their T20 series.

The hosts brought in Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal for Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, whilst the West Indies who won the toss and decided to bat first in Chennai were unchanged.

The West Indies enjoyed a strong start to the opening pair of Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, with the duo adding 51 for the first wickets before Chahal had Hope caught by Sundar for 24, having hit a six and three fours. Then in Chahal’s next over, he had Hetmyer caught by Krunal Pandya for a 26 that included a six and three fours. Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin then added 32 for the third wickets before Sandar bowled Ramdin for 15.

However, Bravo then combined with Nicholas Pooran as the visitors looked to post a big score, with the pair adding a further 87 off the last 43 balls. Pooran, in particular, caught the eye, hitting 4 sixes and 4 fours, as he raced to 53 not out, whilst Bravo was undefeated on 43, having struck 2 sixes and 2 fours if his own.

Together they helped their side to close on 181/3, a tough target for India to chase.

India looked to get off to a fast start, but lost Rohit Sharma, one of the their key men in the third over, caught by the West Indies captain Carlos Braithwate off the bowling of Keemo Paul for just 4.

Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul then added 32, before Rahul fell for 17, caught behind off the bowling of Oshane Thomas for 17. However, India have strength in depth, and Risbabh Pant, who had not enjoyed much success with the bat lately, looked to set matters right with a decisive innings. He and Dhawan added 130 for the third wicket, but, although Pant, having struck 3 sixes and five fours, was bowled by Pant in the 19th over, he looked to have done his job.

Dhawan had held his side together with a superb innings of 92, but, with the scores level, he fell off the penultimate ball of the last over to cause a late flurry of excitement. It was left to Manish Pandey to score the winning run as the home side squeaked home.

Dhawan won the man of the match award for his innings that contained 2 sixes and 10 fours.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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