All-round India thrash West Indies by 59 runs to seal T20I series in 4th game
India produced an all-round performance at Lauderhill in Florida in the fourth match of the five-game T20 series against the West Indies on Saturday night, to clinch the series 3-1 with the fifth and final match to be played at the same venue on Sunday.
After posting a competitive 191/5 with all of their batsmen chipping in with runs, India bowled out the West Indies for just 132 in 19.1 overs to clinch a series victory in an emphatic manner.
The visiting Indian team won the first and the third match of the ongoing series an impressive manner while the West Indies were able to draw level in the second game, but the home team has been totally outclassed on this white-ball tour by one of the best cricket countries in the world currently fielding its second-string side.
On Saturday, the platform for a big first-innings total was set by the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav, who added 53 runs inside five overs for the first wicket. Rohit Sharma was belligerent in his knock of 33 from 16 balls, which was studded with 3 sixes and a couple of boundaries. On the other hand, Suryakumar Yadav once again played an animated knock of 24, which came from 14 balls with the help of 2 sixes and a boundary.
Promoted up in the batting order, Deepak Hooda scored a valuable 21 while wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant top scored for India with 44 from 31 balls with the help of six hits to the fence.
Another wicket-keeper batsman, who did not keep wickets in the game, Sanju Samson was also impressive as he made a crucial 30 not out from 23 balls with a couple of boundaries and a six. Towards the end of the Indian innings, all-rounder Akshar Patel smacked a couple of sixes and a boundary to score 20 not out from just 8 balls.
In the chase of 192, the West Indies batsmen once again cut a sorry figure with none of them threatening the Indian bowlers enough. West Indies captain Nicolas Pooran and swashbuckling batsman Rovman Powell both top scored with 24 each for the Caribbean side, whose batsmen crumbled against the scoreboard pressure and some disciplined bowling by the Indian bowlers who were all over them in the contest.
Arshdeep Singh was the star performer with the ball, returning with figures of 3.1-0-12-3, Ravi Bishnoi took 2/27 from his 4 overs, Avesh Khan returned with 4-0-17-2 whereas Akshar Patel was expensive, giving away 48 runs from his four overs for 2 wickets.