After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series, Team India defeated West Indies in the third T20I match at the Providence Stadium, Guyana today to complete a 3-0 whitewash. Rishabh Pant got his form back as he along with skipper Virat Kohli completed a dominating win.
Chasing target of 147 on a slowish wicket, skipper Kohli anchored the innings to perfection as he scored 59 off 45 balls. He now has 21 fifty-plus scores in T20Is similar to his deputy Rohit Sharma. Pant was brilliant during his unbeaten 65 off 42 balls as 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. He now holds the record for the best bowling figures for India against West Indies in T20Is. The previous best was 3 for 13 by Kuldeep Yadav at Kolkata in 2018.
The hosts suffered as many as six consecutive T20I losses against India. Virat’s 21st T20I half-century had six fours. The shot to remember would certainly be a whipping flick off Keemo Paul to widish long-on and a couple of exquisite cover drives off Carlos Brathwaite. 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.
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 in to bat. However, Pollard counter-attacked with great gusto hitting as many as half a dozen sixes in his 45-ball-58 — his first half-century for the West Indies in seven years. During his knock, he smashed six sixes, which is the joint third-most by any player against India in a T20I match played in West Indies. The record is held by Evin Lewis – 12 at Kingston in 2017.
Along with Nicholas Pooran (17), 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 dismiss both the settle batsmen. 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.
Here are of the other records made in the game:
- Rahul Chahar (20y 2d) became the fourth-youngest player to make a debut for India in T20Is. The youngest is Washington Sundar (18y 80d v Sri Lanka at Mumbai in 2017).
- Deepak Chahar in action against the West Indies in the 3rd T20I match.
- Kieron Pollard hit his third fifty in T20Is. His last fifty came in 2012 against New Zealand at Lauderhill before the third T20I against India.
- India has now won six consecutive matches against West Indies in T20Is – the most by any team against them. The previous worst streak for them came against Pakistan from 2016 to 2017 with five consecutive defeats.
- West Indies have now lost 57 T20Is – joint-most by any team alongside Bangladesh.