After openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli all shone with the bat, the Indian bowlers came to the fore to help their side beat West Indies by 67 runs in the third and final T20I of the three-match series against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. With the win, the Men in Blue have clinched the series 2-1.
Here are the highlights:
# India beat West Indies by 67 runs!
# WICKET! Pierre (6) scooped a simple catch to Jadeja at backward point on the second delivery of the last over by Chahar. West Indies 173/8 (20 overs)
# WICKET!! Hayden Walsh departed for 11 runs after being clean bowled by Mohammad Shami on the fifth delivery of the 17th over. West Indies now need 89 runs from 18 balls and three wickets in hand. West Indies 152/7 (17 overs)
# Khary Pierre is in at No.8!
# WICKET!! Just an over after scoring his T20I half-century, Kieron Pollard (63) was caught by Ravindra Jadeja at deep midwicket on the last delivery of the 15th over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. West Indies 141/6 (15 overs)
# Hayden Walsh is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Kuldeep Yadav strikes again. Jason Holder (8) struck the first delivery of the 12th over towards long-on, only to see sub-fielder Manish Pandey sprint to his left to take a catch. West Indies 105/5 (12 overs)
# Jason Holder is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Shimron Hetmyer (41) was caught by Kl Rahul at long-on on the third delivery of the 10th over by Kuldeep Yadav. West Indies 97/4 (10 overs)
# 27 runs off the last two overs. Pollard (16) smashed the fourth delivery of the sixth over by Bhuvneshwar towards the deep square leg for a maximum before he hammered the first delivery of the seventh over towards deep midwicket for another six runs. West Indies have also crossed the 50-run mark. West Indies 60/3 (7 overs)
# Skipper Kieron Pollard is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Deepak Chahar strikes for India. Nicholas Pooran went back to the pavilion for a duck after being caught by Shivam Dube at the third man. West Indies 19/3 (4 overs)
# WICKET! Simmons (7) edged the last delivery of the third delivery high in the air over point, only to see Shreyas Iyer take a good catch. West Indies 17/2 (3 overs)
# Shimron Hetmyer is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gives a breakthrough to India. Brandon King (5) was caught by KL Rahul at the deep cover on the fifth delivery of the 20th over. West Indies 16/1 (2 overs)
# Bhuvneshwar Kumar to share the new ball!
# Seven runs off the first over. Simmons (2) slapped the third delivery of the first over towards square leg, while King (5) hit the very next delivery to the third man to open his account for a single. West Indies 7/0 (1 over)
# Lendl Simmons and Brandon King have walked down the crease to begin West Indies' chase. Deepak Chahar to open the attack for India.
# India set huge 241-run target for West Indies!
# WICKET!! KL Rahul fell nine runs short of a T20I century after he smashed the fourth delivery of the last over from Cottrell high in the air, only to see
Nicholas Pooran take a catch behind the wicket. India 240/3 (20 overs)
# FIFTY!! Virat Kohli seems to be on a roll today as he has brought up a T20I half-century off just 21 balls. He reached the mark with a maximum by hitting the second delivery of the 19th over towards wide long-on. The Indian skipper is currently batting 63, with four boundaries and six maximums. India 231/2 (19 overs)
# 28 runs in the last two overs for India. KL Rahul (90) and Virat Kohli (38) are continuously frustrating the West Indies bowlers by dealing in boundaries and sixes and have guided India past 200-run mark. While the Indian opener is approaching a T20I century, Kohli is nearing his half-century. India 204/2 (18 overs)
# Quite expensive last two overs by the West Indies as they conceded 31 runs to the Men in Blue. Kohli (23) hit the last delivery of the 14th over hard towards long-on for six runs before he smashed Jason Holder for two boundaries and one more maximum in the very next over. India 173/2 (15 overs)
# Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Rishabh Pant departed for a duck after being taken by Jason Holder at long-off on the second delivery of the 13th over by Kieron Pollard. India 142/2 (13 overs)
# Rishabh Pant is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Rohit Sharma fell for 71 after being caught by Hayden Walsh on the fourth delivery of the 12th over by Kesrick Williams. That's a breakthrough for the Caribbean side. India 136/1 (12 overs)
# 25 runs off the last two overs. Rohit Sharma (70) slapped the first delivery of the 11th over high over deep backward square leg for a six before KL Rahul (60) smashed Hayden Walsh for back-to-back boundaries. India 132/0 (11 overs)
# FIFTY!! Soon after Rohit brought up a fifty, his opening partner KL Rahul (50) too completed a half-century mark off 29 balls. He achieved the feat with a single by tucking away the first ball of the 10th over to deep square leg. India 109/0 (9.3 overs)
# FIFTY!! Rohit Sharma (55) has brought up a T20I half-century off 23 balls. He reached the mark by hitting the last delivery of the eighth over to the right of cover for a boundary. Meanwhile, the Men in Blue have also crossed the 100-run mark. India 102/0 (8 overs)
# Nine runs off the last over. KL Rahul (43) slapped the fourth delivery of the seventh over by Hayden Walsh towards fine leg for four runs. India 81/0 (7 overs)
# KL Rahul (38) and Rohit Sharma (34) continue to stand strong at the crease and have helped the Men in Blue cross 50-run mark. India 58/0 (5 overs)
# 14 runs off the last over. KL Rahul (23) smashed the fifth delivery of the fourth over using his wrists over midwicket for a boundary before he sailed the very next delivery over the third-man fence for six runs. India 44/0 (4 overs)
# India added 25 runs in the last two overs, including four boundaries and a six. KL Rahul (9) beat the wide slip to his right on the third delivery of the second over to open his account with four runs. Rohit (21) picked up the length early on the first delivery of the third over and clubbed it over deep midwicket for a maximum. India 30/0 (3 overs)
# Five runs off the first over by Cottrell. Rohit (5) got off the mark by smashing the second delivery through extra cover for a boundary, while Rahul is yet to open his account. India 5/0 (1 over)
# Rohit Sharma and Kl Rahul have walked down the crease to begin India's innings. Sheldon Cottrell to open the attack for the Caribbean side.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami
West Indies: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (capt), Jason Holder, Khary Pierre, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Jr
# India have made two changes in their Playing XI. Fast bowler Mohammad Shami has been called up in place of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, while Kuldeep Yadav has replaced Yuzvendra Chahal.
# West Indies win toss, opt to bowl first against India.
# The toss is all set to take place in a few minutes!
After slumping to an eight-wicket defeat in the second T20I, Virat Kohli-led India will look to rebound strongly and clinch the three-match series against West Indies when they head into the final T20I at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Skipper Kohli led from the front with an unbeaten 94-run knock while opener KL Rahul well supported him with 62 runs as India thrashed the Caribbean side by six wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
However, the Men in Blue failed to capitalize on the same and came with a much disappointing performance in all the three departments of the game to hand West Indies series-levelling win in the second T20I in Thiruvananthapuram.
Shivam Dube was the only shining light for India with 54-run knock.
Indian batters had performed reasonably well in the first two T20Is, but the Men in Blue failed to click in the other two departments as they dropped many catches and were also sloppy in fielding and bowling.
West Indies, on the other hand, will look to continue with what they have been doing so far. While the Caribbean batsmen have scored runs in the series so far, their bowlers too have managed to trouble the Indian batsmen.
The two squads are as follows:
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Sanju Samson
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (captain), Fabian Allen, Brandon King, Denesh Ramdin, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford, Shimron Hetmyer, Khary Pierre, Lendl Simmons, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr, Keemo Paul, Kesrick Williams.