Skipper Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant cracked excellent half centuries as India thrashed West Indies by seven wickets in the third T20 at Guyana to complete a 3-0 series clean sweep.
Some terrific new-ball bowling from Deepak Chahar (3-4) earlier helped India restrict the hosts to 146-6 and they chased down the target with five balls to spare with Pant striking a unbeaten 65-run knock off just 42 deliveries.
Windies started woefully with the bat after Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first with Deepak Chahar wiping out the top-order in the powerplay.
The 26-year-old seamer reduced the hosts to 14-3 after getting the better of Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer in a sensational opening spell.
A first T20I half-century from Kieron Pollard in more than seven years resurrected the West Indies innings with the all-rounder collecting 58 runs off just 45 deliveries before being castled by Navdeep Saini.
An explosive lower-order cameo from Rovman Powell (32) helped the hosts ultimately post 146-6 in their 20 overs.
In reply, India lost openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul early in the chase with the latter stumped off the bowling of Fabian Allen.
That was as good as it got for Windies with Kohli and Pant then stitching together a match-winning 106-run stand for the third wicket to set up another dominant win for the visitors.
Kohli brought up a 21st T20I fifty while Pant registered his half-century in just 37 balls as India made short work of West Indies’ total. Kohli ultimately perished for a 45-ball 59 but Pant remained unbeaten to help India complete the job.
Pant’s finishing skills
Rishabh Pant’s mode of dismissals in the first two T20s had left plenty to be desired. On Tuesday, the left-hander made amends for those dismissals with a mature display where he provided the perfect foil to his skipper.
With India in a precarious spot at 27-2 in the run chase, the pressure was very much on Pant to deliver at No4 after his previous failures. With Kohli for company at the other end, the southpaw was much more assured at the crease and he did not take any undue risk in the early half of his innings.
It was only when the duo had laid a solid foundation that Pant decided to up the ante and he found boundaries with ease.
The seamer was the chief architect with the ball in India’s win with his three early wickets setting West Indies back. His ability to generate some prodigious inswing to left-handers was marvelous to watch with both Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis perishing to it.
His excellent figures of 3-4 from three overs ensured that Windies were never got going in the powerplay and their brief recovery later in the innings was too little, too late.
Pollard’s seven-year wait
The 58-run knock by Pollard on Tuesday was only the third T20I fifty registered by the Windies all-rounder in 61 appearances. It ended a long seven-year wait for Pollard who’s previous fifty in the format came all the way back in 2012 against New Zealand.
Kieron Pollard - 63* (29b), 5s, 5f vs NZ at Lauderhill on 30 Jun 2012— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 6, 2019
Since then: 31 inns, 514 runs, ave 20.56, S/r 113.97, HS 49* (twice). 24 sixes, 34 fours!
Today: 58 (45b), 6 sixes, 1 four#IndvWI #WIvInd
True to his word, skipper Virat Kohli made many changes for India‘s third and final T20 against West Indies at Guyana with the series already in the bag at 2-0.
Cousin brothers Deepak and Rahul Chahar were among the three changes made by India on Tuesday with the former stealing the show with the ball.
Having made only one previous T20I appearance for India, Deepak Chahar was nearly unplayable with the new-ball at Providence on Tuesday with the seamer bagging three wickets with the new ball.
Chahar’s exceptional bowling figures of 3-4 helped India restrict Windies to 146-6 in their 20 overs after Kohli chose to bowl first under overcast conditions. Here, we take a closer look at his remarkable bowling display in the final T20I.
Runs conceded: 4
Chahar was handed the new ball by skipper Virat Kohli and he wasted no time in making an impact by dismissing the dangerous Sunil Narine in his very first over. The right-arm seamer was even more lethal with his second over which ended as a double-wicket maiden with the dismissals of Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer.
The 26-year-old bowled three of his overs inside the powerplay but was surprisingly not given a chance to complete his quota of overs.
Chahar’s ability to generate movement with the new-ball has been exploited to the hilt in the IPL by Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni and he was in menacing form at Guyana on Tuesday in overcast conditions.
While his dismissal of Narine came about due to the Windies all-rounder mistiming his shot, there was no element of luck involved in his dismissals of Lewis and Hetmyer.
Getting the ball to shape in prodigiously into the left-handers, Chahar trapped both Lewis and Hetmyer plumb in front in identical fashion. He maintained that excellent shape throughout his spell in the powerplay which saw him pick up three wickets in as many overs while conceding a mere four runs.
Chahar was faultless in his three-over spell with the new-ball where he gave absolutely nothing away to the Windies batsman. While he might not have erred, Kohli definitely missed a trick by not letting the seamer bowl through his quota of four overs when the conditions were in his favour.
VERDICT – 9/10
Making only his second T20I appearance for India, Chahar showed why he can be such a threat with the new-ball when there is some swing in the air. The Rajasthan man has developed into a fine T20 bowler over the years with CSK and he can become a real handy option for India in the run-up to the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia.
He had an expensive T20I debut against England last year where he leaked 43 runs in his four overs but his promising showing on Tuesday will come as a massive boost. He can provide some depth to what is an already formidable Indian pace bowling unit.
Jofra Archer staked his Ashes claim with six for 27 in Sussex’s second XI fixture against Gloucestershire.
The 24-year-old, who has been struggling with injury, was left out of his country’s crushing first Test defeat to Australia at Edgbaston but is set for a recall with James Anderson ruled out of the second Test at Lord’s.
Archer was England’s leading wicket-taker with 20 during their recent World Cup success but required painkillers to deal with a side strain in that tournament, describing the pain as “pretty excruciating”.
He took one for 28 for his county in their Vitality Blast victory over Kent and began in impressive fashion on his red-ball return, showing good pace from the outset and taking two wickets in his opening five overs.
He had Tom Price caught behind for one by wicketkeeper Joe Billings with the second ball of the fifth over and Gareth Roderick edging to Jack Carson at slip as he bowled back-to-back maidens in the ninth and 11th.
Jofra Archer ripped through the Gloucestershire second XI with a six-wicket haul as he looked to prove his fitness ahead of the second Ashes Test at Lord's— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) August 6, 2019
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He conceded 11 runs from his next 12 balls, leaving him with figures of two for 19 at the end of the 15th over, but removed the off stump of Matt Brewer with the fourth ball of the 22nd over having been hit for four by the same batsman three balls earlier.
Gloucestershire were all out for 79 at lunch after Archer took a further three wickets to finish with six for 27, with four maiden overs.
Dominic Goodman was caught by Tom Haines off the fourth delivery of the 29th over before Archer followed that up two balls later by hitting Jack Worgan’s middle stump.
Gloucestershire top scorer Gregory Willows was Archer’s final victim, caught by Carson for 38 at the start of the 33rd over.
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