India produced another clinical effort to complete a whitewash beating West Indies in the third and the final T20I at the Province Stadium in Guyana. Chasing 147 runs set by the hosts, the Men in Blues overhauled the target with six wickets in hand.

KL Rahul, who came into the side in place of Rohit Sharma who chose to take a break, gave India the early impetus they needed during the chase. But Shikhar Dhawan’s poor run with the bat in the series continues as he went back in the second over scoring only three runs. Rahul’s two fours and one six gave India the brisk start they wanted but the Karnataka batsman failed to carry on as Fabian Allen foxed him to have India at 27 for two.

Virat Kohli. Credit: AFP

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Since then, skipper Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant took the onus on themselves, The duo concentrated mainly on ones and twos to get going initially before going for the boundaries. Kohli, in particular, was at his best in putting the West Indies fielders under pressure which opened the gates for India. The Indian skipper started to cut loose before Pant played some gorgeous shots. Kohli and Pant both brought their individual half-centuries as India marched towards the victory line. Although Oshane Thomas removed Kohli, Pant ensured there are no more hiccups as he took his side to a 3-0 victory.

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West Indies got off to a mediocre start, again, with the top three failing in the powerplay – all falling victims to Deepak Chahar. The young pacer made the new ball talk swinging it both the ways. The hosts top-order woes continued as India reduced them to 14 for three after Virat Kohli opted to bowl first. Since then, Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran steadied the ship with a half-century partnership.

Kieron Pollard. Credit: Twitter

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The veteran all-rounder was striking the ball sweetly and was aggressive against the spinners. He struck six maximums in his knock of 58 – third T20I fifty and first since 2012. 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. He took sixteen runs off the final over to post 146 runs on the board from 20 overs.

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