Rishabh Pant lived upto his potential playing a match-winning knock as India defeated West Indies by six wickets in Guyana to register a clean sweep. Pant played an unbeaten inning of 65 runs and, in the process, broke a record held by MS Dhoni for long.
Batting first West Indies got off to a mediocre start, again, with the top three failing in the powerplay – all falling victims to Deepak Chahar. Since then, Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran steadied the ship with a half-century partnership. Pollard struck the ball sweetly and was aggressive against the spinners. He hit six maximums in his knock of 58. Navdeep Saini accounted for both the set batsmen. Just when India looked to finish on a high, Rovman Powell’s cameo powered the hosts to a score in the vicinity of 150.
The target didn’t pose any challenge as India chased down the target convincingly. They were in a spot of bother at 27 for two, but Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant paced their innings beautifully. Bided their time, played risk-free cricket for a while before stepping up the gas. They stitched a 106-run partnership for the third wicket and notched up their respective fifties before Virat threw it away towards the end. But Pant took it till the end and polished off the target with five balls to spare as he answered his critics in style.
Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 65 runs and; thus, broke MS Dhoni’s record of the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper batsman in a T20I. The former India skipper held the record when he had hit 56 vs England in Bengaluru in 2017. Dhoni’s 52 against South Africa in Centurion is now third on the list of highest scores by an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman in T20I cricket.