After posting 184/4, India restricted the West Indies to 167/9 in the third T20I in Kolkata for a 17-run win. Catch highlights.
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An experimental India defended 184/5 against a power-packed yet unheralded West Indies side in the third and final T20 International match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday. The 17-run win helped India complete a series sweep, their third 3-0 in four series against the Windies. India have now won nine wins on the trot and they are now the top-ranked T20I side. Asked to bat first, India lost quick wickets but Suryakumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer helped post 184/5. Then pacers Harshal Patel, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur restricted the Windies to 167/9. Catch highlights and cricket scores of third and final IND vs WI T20I here:
Suryakumar Yadav is the player of the match for his 65 off 31 balls (one four and seven sixes). He is also the player of the series.
India's next challenge. Sri Lanka. The first of the three T20Is in Lucknow starts Thursday (February 24). Then there will be two Tests in Mohali and Bengaluru.
A dot to Hayden Walsh, and 18 off 2. Then two more dots to finish the series. India win by 17 runs. WI - 167/9 (20).
3-0 for India in the ODIs and 3-0 in the T20Is too.
Shardul Thakur with the final over. A dot then a four as Dominic Drakes hits the second to long-off. 19 runs in 4 balls. And Rohit Sharma takes a stunning catch, diving forward on the edge of the circle at mid-off. Drakes goes for 4 off 3. Hayden Walsh joins Fabian Allen. 19 runs in 3 balls. A wide.
Harshal Patel with the penultimate over and he's got the big wicket of Romario Shepherd (29 off 21), caught by Rohit Sharma at extra-cover. Dominic Drakes is the new man. Eight from the over. Windies need 23 in the last over. WI - 162/8 (19)
Massive mix-up. Romario Shepherd wants a quick single off the fifth but no response from Fabian Allen. Ishan Kishan slips and fails to collect the return throw. Shepherd escapes. Six from the over. West Indies need 31 runs in 12 balls. WI - 154/7 (18)
Shardul Thakur returns and he breaks the 48-run stand. A slower delivery and Nicholas Pooran fails to read it. Holes out. Brilliant catch by the wicket-keeper, covering some distance and taking a leap. Pooran goes for 61 off 47. Fabian Allen is the new man. WI - 148/7 (17.1)
Avesh Khan with his final over. Nicholas Pooran hits back the third ball for a four. Then, Romario Shepherd stalks Avesh. Comes down and lofts the last ball for a six, over mid-wicket boundary. A debut to forget for the India pacer. 0/42. West Indies need 37 runs in 18 balls. WI - 148/6 (17)
Third fifty in the series for Nicholas Pooran (50 off 39) with a double off the third. And a four off the next to the backward point boundary as Harshal Patel sprays wide. Nine from the over. West Indies need 51 runs in 24 balls. WI - 134/6 (16)
Ravi Bishnoi with his final over. A dot, then a single. Googly, but in the slot, and Romario Shepherd launches it into orbit. Six over long-on. A dot, and half-chance. Tough chance for Venkatesh Iyer at long-off. The fielder slips. Nine runs from the over. Windies need 60 runs in 30 balls. 0/29 for Bishnoi. WI - 125/6 (15)
Avesh Khan on with his third over. A dot, two singles, then a monster six over square leg boundary. Romario Shepherd has got the power, and timing too in this case. Eight from the over. West Indies need 69 runs in 36 balls. WI - 116/6 (14)
Ravi Bishnoi on with his third and Nicholas Pooran is dropped by Ishan Kishan on 37 off 28. Beaten again, then a mighty six over long-off boundary. India were 89/3 at this stage. A dot, then a couple to sweeper cover. Eight from the over. West Indies need 77 runs in 42 balls. WI - 108/6 (13)
Harshal Patel on with his second over. And he gets rid of Roston Chase (12 off 7). Bowled by a beauty. West Indies need 85 runs in 49 balls. Romario Shepherd is the new man. WI - 100/6 (11.5)
And two fours, behind the wicket, on either side. Very lucky Roston Chase. 11 from the over. West Indies need 87 runs in 54 balls. WI - 98/5 (11)
Venkatesh Iyer returns. And he gets another. Jason Holder holes out. Caught by Shreyas Iyer at long on. Holder goes for 2 off 6. Roston Chase is the new man. WI - 87/5 (10.2).
Shardul Thakur returns for his second over. Four singles. 27 runs and two wickets in the last five overs. West Indies need 98 runs in 60 balls. WI - 87/4 (10)
Venkatesh Iyer with the golden arm. Kieron Pollard gets lucky to get a four, over the wicketkeeper. But he holes out the next ball. Ravi Bishnoi completes the send-off. 5 off 7 for the Windies captain. Jason Holder is the new man. WI - 83/4 (8.4)
Ravi Bishnoi continues. Brilliant spell despite two wides. Four from it and a massive shout for LBW against Kieron Pollard. India lose the review, though. WI - 77/3 (8)
Another bowling change. Harshal Patel on. A shot delivery to start and Nicholas Pooran pulls it for a four. Patel almost sticks a return catch off the fourth, but Shardul Thakur makes it for him with a fine catch off the next at fine leg. Rovman Powell goes for 25 off 15. A 47-run stand in 25 balls is broken. Kieron Pollard is next. WI - 73/3 (6.5)
Bowling change. Ravi Bishnoi on with his leg spin. Mohammed Siraj, the sub fielder, stops a certain four with a diving effort at mid-off. But the very next ball, Nicholas Pooran hits a four, through point. Eight from the over. WI - 68/2 (6)
Bowling change. Shardul Thakur on. Rovman Powell hits the first ball for a massive six, over fine leg. Then a four, to over fine leg. A wide. A four off the fifth, to point boundary. 18 from the over. WI - 60/2 (5)
Avesh Khan continues. Nicholas Pooran hits fours of fourth and sixth. Ten from the over. WI - 42/2 (4)
Deepak Chahar sadly leaves the field. He pulls up. Venkatesh Iyer completes the over with Rovman Powell hitting it over for a six over deep mid-wicket. WI - 32/2 (3)
Deepak Chahar on with his second over. And another wicket. Outswinger and Shai Hope goes for 8 off 4. Caught behind. Easy for Ishan Kishan. Rovman Powell is the new man. WI - 26/2 (2.4)
Avesh Khan gets his first over in T20Is. A widish first ball to Nicholas Pooran and a four to the extra cover boundary. A couple to mid-off, then a four over mid-off. A faster delivery, hitting the deck hard and Pooran takes a body blow. A dot. Then a wide. Two dots to the end the over. Still 11 from the over. WI - 18/1 (2)
And an LBW review saves Kyle Mayers, off the third ball. He hits the next for a four, then India take the review for caught behind. It's out. Mayers goes for 6 off 5. WI - 6/1 (0.5)
Deepak Chahar with the new ball. Kyle Mayers takes the first strike. Shai Hope is Mayers' opening partner. Target - 185 runs.
A fascinating 91-run stand in 37 balls for the fifth wicket between Suryakumar Yadav (65 off 31) and Venkatesh Iyer (35 not out off 19) deflated the West Indies. 86 off those came in the last five overs. Kieron Pollard once again won the toss and opted to bowl first. They, in fact, managed to keep India quiet by taking wickets. But they still need 185.
Romario Shepherd with the final over. A wide. Suryakumar Yadav hits the next for a six, over long-off and fifty in 27 balls. His fourth. Two singles. A full toss and six, over square leg boundary. Sixth six for Yadav. And seventh, over long-off. And anti-climatic for the Eden crowd. Yadav holes out off the last ball. 21 from the over. IND - 184/5 (20)
A double off the first ball and the stand for the fifth wicket is 51 off 26 balls. Suryakumar Yadav hits the next ball for a six, over the third man. A single, then Venkatesh Iyer squeezes one to backward point for a four. Iyer picks the next one from the off and guides it for a four to fine leg. And a straight four to end the over. 21 from Dominic Drakes's third over. IND - 163/4 (19)
Jason Holder with his final over. A single, two wides then a dot. A single and another dot. But Venkatesh Iyer flicks the fifth fora six over fine leg. Suryakumar Yadav can only applaud. A dot to end the over. Holder's figures: 1/29. IND - 142/4 (18)
Romario Shepherd returns for his third over. Two singles, then four leg byes, very fine to fine leg. And Venkatesh Iyer pulls the fourth ball for a six. A single, then a four for Suryakumar Yadav. 17 from the over. IND - 132/4 (17)
Dominic Drakes continues. Suryakumar Yadav hits the first ball for a six, over square leg boundary. Disdainful scoop-sweep against the pacer. Then a classic cover drive from Venkatesh Iyer off the third. Another four, this time to sweeper cover. Uppish drive. 17 from the over. IND - 115/4 (16)
Double bowling change. Fabian Allen on with his left-arm spin. Windies take review for LBW against Venkatesh Iyer off the second. A thin edge saves the batter. Five from the over. IND - 98/4 (15)
Bowling change and it works. Dominic Drakes cleans up Rohit Sharma. India captain goes for 7 off 15. 29 runs and two wickets in the last 30 balls. Venkatesh Iyer is the new man. IND - 93/4 (13.5)
Hayden Walsh on with his final over. Rohit Sharma dispatches the first ball for a six, over long-on. Three more singles in the over. Walsh's figures: 1/30. IND - 90/3 (13)
Suryakumar Yadav hits the first six of the innings, just over deep mid-wicket boundary even, off the fourth ball. 10 runs from Hayden Walsh's third over. IND - 78/3 (11)
Roston Chase cleans up Ishan Kishan. Top of the off stump. India lose their third. Kishan goes for 34 off 31. 30 runs and two wickets in the last 30 balls. IND - 66/3 (9.4)
Hayden Walsh continues. And he gets the wicket of adventurous Shreyas Iyer (25 off 16), caught by Jason Holder at long-off. Rohit Sharma is the new man. IND - 63/2 (8.3)
Ishan Kishan takes a single off the fifth ball and 50-run stand in 32 balls with Shreyas Iyer. Ten from Roston Chase's second over. 46 from the last five. IND - 61/1 (8)
Spin from both ends. Hayden Walsh on with his leg-spin. Ishan Kishan hits the fifth ball for a four. IND - 51/1 (7)
Bowling change. Roston Chase on with his off-spin. Six from it. 33 runs in 21 balls for Ishan Kishan and Ishan Kishan. IND - 43/1 (6)
Jason Holder on with his third over. Shreyas Iyer hits the first two balls for fours, then a huge shout for caught behind. Umpire unmoved, rightly so. Ten from the over. IND - 37/1 (5)
Romario Shepherd continues with his second over. Ishan Kishan hits three fours, off the 2nd, third and fifth balls. 12 from the over. IND - 27/1 (4)
Shreyas Iyer joins Ishan Kishan in the middle. And he gets a four off the last ball of the over, to long-off. Sublime stroke-making from the new KKR captain. IND - 15/1 (3)
Jason Holder gets the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad. Swing doing the trick for the lanky Windies pacer. Caught at third man by Kyle Myers. Gaikwad goes for 4 off 8. IND - 10/1 (2.3)
One leg bye to start the proceedings, then Ishan Kishan gets a four off the fourth, to fine leg boundary. Five from the first over.
Jason Holder with the new ball. Ruturaj Gaikwad to face the first ball. His opening partner is Ishan Kishan.
As expected, lots of changes. Four each. Walsh, Fabian, Drakes and Hope in for the Windies; Virat, Bhuvi, Pant and Chahal miss out for India.
By the way, Ruturaj and Ishan will open for India. Here are the XIs:
India: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharm (c), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan.
West Indies: Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Romario Shepherd, Dominic Drakes, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh.
Kieron Pollard wins the toss again, and the West Indies will bowl first again. Lots of changes.
In Guwahati, not so far from here, Yash Dhull made history by becoming only the third Indian and ninth batter overall to hit two hundred in the First Class debut. Read more HERE.
Avesh Khan is making his T20I debut. He gets the cap from fellow pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
This will be the 20th T20I match between India and West Indies. India lead the head-to-head record 12-6, with one no result. India lost only once in their last 11 meetings, in 2019. Also, India have won four series against the Windies on the trot.
Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant have been rested for the match, and also for the upcoming three T20Is against Sri Lanka in Lucknow starting February 24. So, the chances of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shreyas Iyer may get into the XI with Ishan Kishan playing as the wicketkeeper. Being a dead rubber, India can also make more changes, like giving opportunities to Mohammed Siraj, Avesh Khan, or even Kuldeep Yadav.
For the Windies, the same XI that almost pulled off a win in the second match, can start. Their sole goal, for now, is to avoid another clean sweep.