Shikhar Dhawan scored a brilliant 92 as India defeated the West Indies by 6 wickets in the third and final T20 International in Chennai on Sunday to complete a 3-0 whitewash.
The Men in Blue brought in Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar for Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah who were given a break, while the West Indies remained unchanged from the XI that had suffered a heavy defeat in Lucknow.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the opening pair of Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope got the team off to a decent start and added 51 runs for the first wicket before Chahal dismissed both of them for 24 & 26 respectively.
Denesh Ramdin’s poor run with the bat continued as he fell to Sundar for 15 runs.
Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran batted magnificently, as the two with some breath taking shots added an unbeaten 87 run stand for the fourth wicket to take the team to a competitive total of 181 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
Pooran was especially severe on Khaleel Ahmed, who had his figures ruined after a good opening spelling, going for 23 runs in his final over.
The 28 year old Chahal was India’s best bowler with figures of 2/28 in his 4 overs, while Chennai boy Sundar claimed one wicket.
Chasing the target of 182 runs, the home side suffered an early blow when they lost skipper Rohit Sharma for 4. The MI star, a centurion in the last game in Lucknow, was caught by Carlos Brathwaite off Keemo Paul.
Lokesh Rahul looked good in his brief stay until he fell to Oshane Thomas for 17.
Dhawan finally got into the groove as he along with dashing wicket keeper batsman Rishabh Pant added 130 runs for the third wicket to take within striking distance of victory.
The Delhi wicketkeeper Pant brought up his maiden 50 in just 30 balls, and thus became the second youngest Indian to score a T20I fifty.
He however was bowled by Keemo Paul for 58. Dhawan fell soon after, with Fabian Allen having him caught at long on by Kieran Pollard.
Dhawan’s dismissal ensured a tight finish to the game. Allen had five to defend from the last over and a single off the last ball, but Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik ran a tight single after the Windies misfielded.
Paul was the Windies’ best bowler with figures of 2/32 in 4 overs.
Dhawan was declared the Man of the Match, while Kuldeep Yadav was declared the Man of the series.
This brings an end to the West Indies’ tour of India. The Men in Blue will now embark on their tour of Australia, who suffered an ODI series defeat to South Africa earlier in the day.