India vs Windies 2018 | Rishabh Pant |
Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan. Credit: BCCI

Last Update on: November 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm

India was able to win the dead rubber of the three-match T20I series by six wickets. The match went down to the wire as the hosts needed one run off the final ball. Manish Pandey was able to get the winning run. Meanwhile, Carlos Brathwaite won the toss and decided to bat first. The Windies were able to put a competitive total of 181 in their quota of 20 overs after their batters finally came to the party.

Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, the two best Windies batsmen of the ODI series were able to give a good start to their team. The right and left-hand opening batting pair scored a 50-run partnership to hit the ground running for the Windies. However, both of them were dismissed in quick succession.

India clinches the series 3-0.

Darren Bravo played some delightful strokes to continue the innings for the tourists. In fact, the finishing touches were given by 23-year old Nicholas Pooran. The southpaw batsman played with aplomb and was able to launch his attack on the Indian bowlers from the get-go.

Pooran was able to get quick runs for the Windies as he batted in the topmost gear. The left-hander scored a quickfire 53 off just 25 balls to power the visitors to a par score of 181.

Meanwhile, India’s response to the run-chase wasn’t a healthy one. The host’s skipper played straight in the hands of the mid-off fielder as Rohit only scored four runs. KL Rahul once again got off to start but failed to convert it into a substantial score.

India vs Windies 2018, 3rd T20I, Match Report
Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant. BCCI Twitter

However, the biggest positive for the Indian team in the third T20I was the return of form for Shikhar Dhawan, although the southpaw opener could not finish off the match for India. The left-hander 92 off just 62 balls to get back his Midas Touch.

Dhawan was well supported by Rishabh Pant who scored a fine knock of 58 off just 38 balls. The pugnacious youngster batted in the way he only knows and India was able to get over the line by the skin of their teeth.

Shikhar Dhawan was awarded the Man of the match whereas Kuldeep Yadav picked up the Man of the series.

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