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Career-best for Arshdeep; India clinch series
Drakes and McCoy are bowled in successive Arshdeep overs as the left-arm pacer finishes with a career-best 3 for 12. India bowl West Indies out for 132 to register a clinical 59-run win and clinch the series 3-1 with a match to go.
Hemyer scores a four and a six off Bishnoi but falls soon after, bowled after missing a cut off a slider. Bishnoi finishes with 2 for 27. Joseph survives a review from India when Avesh struck on his pad, with the umpire’s call saving him. Meanwhile, Avesh finishes with fine figures of 2 for 17. West Indies are 118/8 after 16 overs.
Bishnoi ends Hosein’s struggle
Hosein departs for 3 off 10 deliveries to leave West Indies at 106/7 in the 15th over. Hosein was looking for a big hit but could send the ball only as far as Suryakumar at long-on.
A wicket for Arshdeep
Holder struck a six (a drop from Arshdeep which went over the fence) and a four off Bishnoi before he was caught at deep point by Samson off the left-arm pacer for 13 off 9. Only one run and the wicket off the Arshdeep over as West Indies move to 101/6 after 12, needing 91 more off 48.
Axar strikes, WI five down
Mayers and Powell score a boundary each off Arshdeep in the sixth over as West Indies end the powerplay at 61/3. Mayers, however, falls to Axar in the seventh, reaching out for a big hit but finding Hooda hold on to a high catch at long-off. Powell takes the attack to Axar in the ninth over, striking two sixes before he too finds Hooda who balances himself and takes a well-judged catch at long-off. West Indies are 82/5 after 9 overs.
Action and drama in the fifth over
Axar is brought into the attack in the fifth over and Pooran takes advantage of the favourable left-arm spin match-up. He starts with a slog-sweep for a four, strikes a six over deep midwicket, and after playing a dot ball sends the next two sailing over the offside fence. But he’s left down by his partner Mayers as he attempts a quick single, run out at the striker’s end for 24 off 8.
Avesh strikes early
Two fours for Brandon King in the opening over off Bhuvneshwar, while Mayers also edges one away for a four. King also gets a boundary off Avesh but the bowler has the last laugh, taking a catch off his own bowling after the batter tried to play a check shot. Having gone for 14 in his first over, Bhuvneshwar gives away only four off his second. Avesh then strikes off the first ball of his second over, with Hooda holding on to a skier to send Devon Thomas back for 1. West Indies are 22/2.
Axar blitz lifts India to 191/5
Axar ends India’s boundary drought with a straight six and a maximum over long-on off McCoy. 16 comes off McCoy’s over as he finishes with 2-66. He registered the best figures for WI in T20Is in the second game but his figures in this game is the most expensive for West Indies. Drakes concedes 11 in the final over, including a four for Axar, who finishes with 20 off 8.
Tight overs and a key wicket
West Indies have done a good job so far in the death overs, keeping India in check. Barring a boundary for Samson off Drakes in the 17th over, there hasn’t been any other boundary since the start of the 16th over till the 19th. Only five off Holder in the 16th, seven off Drakes while Joseph gives away only five plus a leg-bye in the 18th. McCoy also picks up the wicket of Karthik, who moves across to the off side and is bowled around his legs.
Pant falls after brisk 44
Pant finds the fence regularly, scoring a four apiece off Holder and Hosein. Samson clears the deep square leg fence off McCoy before Pant carves away a boundary. But the wicketkeeper-batter falls in the same over, handing a catch to Drakes at long-on after mistiming a slog. India are 146/4 after 15 over.
Joseph strikes to end steady partnership
McCoy is back in the 11th over and he concedes 11, including a four to the fine-leg fence for Pant. Joseph ends a partnership worth 47 runs with the wicket off Hooda. It a slower delivery and Hooda checks his shot but the ball loops to cover where King dives forward to take the catch. Samson ends the over with a pull for a four as India move to 114/3 after 12.
Pant, Hooda help India make steady progress
Hosein continues his tight spell, conceding only three off his third over. Hooda gets his first four by driving a Holder delivery over mid-off. But only eight off Holder’s first over while Drakes keeps it quiet in the ninth, with only seven off it. Pant goes over the backward point for a four off Holder, who also bowls a full toss to Hooda to see the ball hit over midwicket for a four. India move to 96/2 after 10 overs.
End of another quick-fire knock. Suryakumar, who went over the fine-leg fence for six off Joseph, falls the next ball, missing a slower cutter on the flick to be trapped leg-before. He opts for the review but to no avail as Suryakumar departs for 24 off 14. Pant is off the mark with a boundary through cover in the same over. India end the powerplay at 65/2.
Rohit falls to Hosein after brisk knock
Rohit hits across the line and the ball travels over the long-on fence to give the Indian captain his third six. But he falls the very next ball, bowled by Hosein. He tries to go inside out but plays the wrong line and is out for 33 off 16.
India openers off to positive start
Rohit managed to cut away a Hosein delivery for a four in the opening over, which yields eight runs. The Indian captain also skips down the track to Drakes for a boundary over the non-striker’s head. But it’s an economical over from Drakes, who gives away only six. Rohit continues his positive batting, pulling a McCoy delivery over midwicket for the first six of the innings. A helicopter-type shot gives Suryakumar his first six in the same over, and he also strikes a four over third-man and a six over long-off. 25 off McCoy’s opening over, India are 39/3 after three overs.
Toss and teams:
Nicholas Pooran has won the toss and West Indies will bowl first. The hosts are unchanged while India make three changes. Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin and Shreyas Iyer out; Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi and Sanju Samson in.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
West Indies (Playing XI): Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Devon Thomas (wk), Jason Holder, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy
Match update:Toss will take place at 10:45 AM Local time (8:15 PM IST) and the start time will be 11:15 PM Local time (8:45 PM IST).
Player update:It is learnt that Harshal Patel, who has missed the T20I games so far in this series, is suffering from a side strain and is set to miss the Asia Cup. He is also a doubtful starter for the T20 WC. Vijay Tagore has the details.
Weather update:The toss has been delayed at Lauderhill. It has been raining on and off. Hopefully, there isn’t a big delay.
Armed with a 2-1 lead in the series, India will be looking to clinch the series against the West Indies side that has a defect or two to tackle. One of them is the engine room of the batting unit – Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer and Rovman Powell – hasn’t been able to pull its weight. India too would go into the fourth game with an eye on a couple of issues that have rocked their boat in the series. Avesh Khan struggled to adjust to the slower/two-paced nature of the wickets in the Caribbean. Unlike a couple of other Indian pace bowlers, Avesh hasn’t been able to vary his pace. Shreyas Iyer’s run of modest scores is another cause of concern.
A lot of focus will also be on Rohit Sharma’s fitness as the India skipper had retired hurt with a back spasm in the previous match.
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