India vs West Indies T20I series
Yet again, the penultimate over of the game proved to be the clincher for India, like the second T20I.
The West Indies kept losing wickets right from the start but didn’t ditch their merry hitting. After 18 overs, they were 154/7, chasing 185 for victory.
Romario Shepherd was keeping the tourists in the game, even after Nicholas Pooran got out for a 47-ball 61.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was sitting out this game as India rotated their pacers and Harshal Patel bowled the 19th over.
The first four balls accounted for four runs, including a couple of leg-byes. Then, the medium pacer dismissed Shepherd
Surprising the batsman with a change of pace, and Rohit Sharma diving for a stunning catch at extra cover.
India’s catching in the third T20I was brilliant, two dropped chances notwithstanding. Patel’s bowling effort was excellent.
Just eight runs in his final over saw him return with figures of 3/22 from four overs.
A requirement of 23 in the final over of the game, with two wickets in hand, was beyond the tourists’ reach. They finished at 167/9
losing the game by 17 runs and the series by a 0-3 margin. The Caribbeans would take home the disappointment of back-to-back clean sweeps, in the ODIs and T20Is.
As for Sharma, after taking over the reins from Virat Kohli post the T20 World Cup, this was his third successive clean-sweep as captain.