India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match Highlights 2019 – It was the batting heroics that allowed an Indian victory in Mumbai. This inning was approached differently by the Indian openers. It was not a usual way that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma batted. But this batting indicated that they were fully prepared to counter the West Indies bowlers with all guns blazingly.
Rohit and Rahul started to attack from the ball one, which meant West Indies bowlers were under pressure from the start. The Indian openers knew that they needed something above the par score of the Wankhede Stadium and that’s why the doubles R of India started their onslaught from ball one.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match Highlights 2019
This onslaught was not ended as Rohit and Rahul were in full mood to take the game away from the visitors – West Indies. The openers shared their first-ever hundred run stand of this series as they went past the score 50 brilliantly.
These 100 runs were brought even before the halfway stage. Rahul and Rohit continued their onslaught and that is what took India to a strong position in the match. Their grip was so strong that even the wicket of Rohit Sharma didn’t allow to loosen it. Rohit Sharma looked to muscle the slower ball from Kesrick Williams and was caught brilliantly by Hayden Walsh Junior for a well-made 71 runs.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match Highlights 2019 – It was only Pant who failed to contribute in the match, despite him being promoted to number 3 in the batting position. Rishabh Pant continued to disappoint with the bat in hand. Kohli again gave his favorite batting slot away. This time he gave it to Pant but the keeper-batsman couldn’t bat well enough to use that opportunity. He was dismissed for a duck.
After Pant was out, it was the ‘KL and King Kohli show’ which gave India their 3rd highest total in the shortest format. West Indies were already out of the game but still, they somehow managed to sneak some quiet overs where the Indian batsmen only took some singles from it.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match Highlights 2019 – India went past the two hundred run mark in style as Kohli too reached his 2nd T20 International fifty of the series in style. Then in the last few overs, Kohli and Rahul unleashed and brought the score of 240 runs on the board. KL Rahul was dismissed for a well made 91 runs but it was Kohli who stayed unbeaten on 70 runs that he scored from just 29 balls.
India completed their quota of 20 overs and scored double of the 120 balls that they faced. The men in blue scored 240 runs which is their third highest in T20 International cricket. West Indies kept India quite but that was not enough because those quiet hours were the only happy time for them.
All the bowlers were expensive from the Windies side. It needed something special for them to stop the onslaught from the Indian batsmen. But that special wasn’t produced and that’s why only 3 Indian wickets fell in that Indian innings. Only Kieron Pollard, Sheldon Cottrell, and Kesrick Williams took 1 wicket each to their names.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match Highlights 2019 – The chase wasn’t good enough as it was in Trivandrum on Sunday. West Indies lost Evin Lewis even before they started to bat in the 2nd innings. Lewis had injured himself while fielding at the boundary. So they had a new opening combination which didn’t do good for the visitors.
Brandon King opened the innings with Lendi Simmons. But India broke this opening stand before it could cause any further damage. It was Bhuvi who took the wicket of Brandon for just 5 runs.
And they continued to lose important wicket as Lendi Simmons couldn’t repeat his batting heroics like he did in Trivandrum. He was dismissed for just 7 runs. Mohd Shami was back in the side and continued to thrash the opening batsmen. He picked up Simmons in his first over.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match Highlights 2019 – Nicholas Pooran was out for a duck and that had put West Indies in all sorts of trouble. But they managed to pull things back with the partnership between the Skipper Pollard and Hetmyer. This partnership allowed the visitors to gain some momentum in the match.
Pollard and Hetmyer shared a partnership of 74 runs. Kuldeep Yadav was the one to turn things in India’s favor. This partnership looked threatening but Kuldeep Yadav broke this stand which further put the West Indies in more trouble.
Then, India had one more threat and that was the West Indian skipper, Kieron Pollard. He single-handedly used his power to take his team closer to the Indian total. Pollard’s massive sixes were a threat to India’s chances. But the over number 15 gave India the victory. Bhuvi struck again and removed Pollard and that’s where the hosts won the match and the series.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match Highlights 2019 – After Pollard was dismissed, it was a mere formality which India completed when Shami picked up his second wicket of that match. He picked up the wicket Walsh Junior and in the end, the Indian bowlers were successful and restricted West Indies for 173 runs in their 20 overs.
This was just a third win for Kohli and co while defending a total. This win largely came because the batsmen posted a mammoth total of 240 runs which allowed the bowlers to do their job. All the Indian bowlers were good on their day. But the comeback of Mohd Shami was the highlight for team India’s bowling department.
Shami, Bhuvi, Kuldeep, and Chachar were the bowlers who picked up two wickets each to their names and gave India a series win by 67 runs. India won the 3 match T20 International series 2-1.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match Highlights 2019 – The Man of the match was awarded to KL Rahul for his outstanding 91 runs and the man of the series was given to the Indian skipper Virat Kohli for scoring the most runs in the 3 match series.
Next match – The 1st One Day International Match at Chennai on Sunday 15th December 2019.