Lauderhill: Rohit Sharma maintained his unbeaten file as captain in bilateral T20Is after India made quick work of West Indies by 59 runs to take an unassailable 3-1 lead within the five-match sequence right here on Saturday.
It was an ideal weekend for the NRIs in and round Florida, as India first scored 191 for five with helpful knocks from Rishabh Pant (44 off 31 balls) and skipper Rohit Sharma (33 off 16 balls), and a cameo from Axar Patel (20 not out off 8 balls).
On a floor the place the very best profitable run-chase by any crew is 98, a goal of 192 was merely out of query, and the West Indies innings folded for a lowly 132 in 19.1 overs.
Whereas Brandon King (13) and Kyle Mayers (14) began the chase on a brilliant word, hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 3 boundaries within the opening over, issues went downhill from that time.
Saturday occurred to be the day when Bhuvneshwar’s new-ball accomplice Avesh Khan (2/17 in 4 overs) was able to shed his tag of being profligate with a few superb spells.
The supply that acquired King stopped on him and the end result was a straightforward return catch.
One drop batter Devon Thomas (1) needed a move-on and Avesh’s fuller supply didn’t hit the center of his bat, and the resultant skier was simply taken by Deepak Hooda to finish considered one of his three catches.
Nicholas Pooran (24 off 8 balls) regarded in ominous contact with three monstrous sixes earlier than Mayers bought him a dummy, retreating again on a non-existent single and he was stranded mid-pitch when Pant whipped the bail.
Whereas Axar Patel (2/48 in 4 overs) acquired a little bit of pasting, he eliminated Mayers and Rovman Powell (24 off 16 balls), each holing out within the deep.
Arshdeep Singh (3/12 in 3.1 overs) then put the brakes and it grew to become a stroll within the park by the point the back-10 began. Ravi Bishnoi additionally utilised the chance with regular figures of two for 27 in 4 overs.
Put into bat, Pant and skipper Rohit missed out on huge knocks however made helpful sufficient contributions to propel India to 191 for five.
Rohit and Pant have been the primary contributors whereas Axar struck some meaty blows in the direction of the top to complete unbeaten on 20 off 8 balls.
Sanju Samson was extra subdued throughout his 30 not out off 23 balls, typically failing to seek out the boundaries, which prevented India from reaching 200.
For West Indies left-arm pacer Obed McCoy, cricket certainly turned out to be an excellent leveller as he was smoked for 66 runs off his 4 overs solely per week after he had taken a career-best six-wicket haul within the second ODI. It was the most costly spell by a West Indies bowler in T20Is.
Rohit’s new method in powerplay won’t have produced many huge knocks save a half-century however he’s definitely displaying the way in which with optimistic intent upfront.
McCoy went for 3 sixes and 25 runs in an over. In these three, Rohit had a few maximums — a pull over deep mid-wicket and a flat one over long-off.
The one which acquired him most cheers was a slog swept six off Akeal Hosein (1/28 in 4 overs), however the very subsequent supply, which was a tad slower and the size barely shorter, caused his downfall.
However Rohit’s 33 in a stand of 53, in lower than 5 overs, set the tone and gave different batters time and confidence to go after the bowling.
The tendency to protect wickets after which go after bowling, which has been a bane of Indian T20 groups of the current previous, isn’t seen anymore.
The cushion of the strike-rate gave Pant and Deepak Hooda (21 off 19 balls) shut to 6 overs to supply a 47-run stand, which was the launch-pad for the ultimate flourish from Axar.