Opener Suryakumar Yadav's flamboyant half-century and his half-century partnership with Shreyas Iyer helped India take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series as they beat West Indies by seven wickets in the third T20 International ( West Indies vs India ) match on Tuesday.
India beat West Indies one over before, Pant shines after Suryakumar
West Indies scored 164 for five with a half-century from opener Kyle Myers (73 runs in 50 balls, eight fours, four sixes), in response to which India scored a half-century from Suryakumar (76 runs in 44 balls, eight fours, four sixes) and His second wicket partnership of 85 runs with Shreyas Iyer (24) scored 165 runs for three wickets with six balls to spare.
India chases down the biggest target at Warner Park
Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 33 off 26 balls. India achieved the biggest target on this ground and registered victory. Earlier, Myers added 57 for the first wicket with Brandon King (20) and 50 runs for the second wicket with captain Nicholas Pooran (23). Rovman Powell (23) and Shimron Hetmyer (20) also played useful innings for West Indies.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar India's most successful bowler
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was India's most successful bowler, taking two wickets for 35 runs. Hardik Pandya, while bowling economical, took one wicket for just 19 runs in four overs. Avesh Khan once again proved to be very expensive. He conceded 47 runs in three overs while he did not get any success. The last two matches of the series will be played in Florida, USA on Saturday and Sunday.
Rohit Sharma retired hurt
Chasing the target, India suffered a setback in the beginning when captain Rohit Sharma returned to the pavilion after scoring 11 runs in five balls, after having retired hurt due to strain in the back muscles. Suryakumar looked in good rhythm. He hit three fours on Obed McCoy while Ajlari Joseph's ball was brought to the audience. The right-handed batsman also welcomed Dominic Drakes with two consecutive fours. He along with Iyer took the team's score to 56 runs in the power play.
Suryakumar scored half-century in 26 balls
Suryakumar hit a four and a six off Jason Holder in successive deliveries and then completed his half-century in just 26 balls with a six off Akeel Hossain. Iyer took India's score past 100 runs in the 11th over with a four on Drakes but went to the stumps in an attempt to play Akeel Hossain's ball forward. As soon as Pant came, McCoy hit a four and a six on Hussain. Suryakumar, however, was caught by Joseph at fine leg off Drakes.
India needed 29 runs in the last five overs to win
India needed 29 runs to win in the last five overs. After scoring six runs, Pandya returned to the pavilion by catching the wicketkeeper off Holder's ball but Pant along with Deepak Hooda (10 not out) gave India victory.