Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant script 3-0 sweep over West Indies in T20I series

first_imgShikhar Dhawan bounced back to form with a 62-ball 92 while Rishabh Pant blasted his maiden T20I half-century as India crushed West Indies by 6 wickets to sweep the series 3-0.In a dominating show, India had won the Test series 2-0 and taken the five-match ODI series 3-1. India had gone into the T20I series without Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni but Rohit Sharma led the charge for the hosts who won all three matches in Kolkata, Lucknow and Chennai.On Sunday, West Indies had opted to bat after winning the toss and looked set for a massive total after their openers Shai Hope and Shimeron Hetmyer took control following a watchful start. But Yuzvendra Chahal, who did not play the first two matches, snared both Windies openers quickly to bring India back in the game.Darren Bravo then anchored the innings while young Nicholas Pooran exploded late as the West Indies got back on track again. Eventually they finished with 181 for 3 off their over 20 overs. Barring Rohit, the form of the other Indian batsmen was a concern before tonight and the West Indies would have hoped for a consolation victory.India vs West Indies 3rd T20I: Highlights | ScorecardAnd when Rohit and KL Rahul departed cheaply, the Windies were right in the game. India were under pressure as was Dhawan, who had had an ordinary ODI series and was yet to fire in the T20Is. But it was the perfect platform for Dhawan to show his class and he led a steep chase admirably in the company of a gutsy Pant.advertisementThe two were watchful after two early wickets but took off in the second half of the innings as the run rate kept climbing. Dhawan was the first to get to his fifty; he was aggressive as well as calculative and was happy to run the quick singles and twos whenever the opportunity presented itself.Pant, at the other end, did Pant things and played some breathtaking shots. He has already proven his mettle for India in Test cricket and on Sunday, he showed the kind of belligerence that has helped him thrive with the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.It did not take long for Dhawan and Pant to ensure there were no nerves in a big chase. The pair pierced the gaps for boundaries, hit some outrageous sixes and ran hard to leave the Windies clueless.West Indies are world champions in the shortest format but they were completely outplayed without Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell in the side.India, on the other hand, were clinical, professional and ruthless after a top-order stutter at the Eden Gardens.India will next be seen in action in Australia for a T20I series followed by four Tests and then an ODI series.last_img

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