Suryakumar Yadav scored a sizzling 76 as India defeated West Indies by 7 wickets in the third T20 international at St Kitts on Tuesday.
West Indies made one change by including Dominic Drakes in place of Odean Smith, while India rested Ravindra Jadeja and brought in Deepak Hooda.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field first. Openers Brandon King and Kyle Mayers got West Indies off to a fine start. The pair added 57 runs for the opening stand before the former was bowled by a slower delivery from Hardik Pandya for 20.
Mayers reached his half century by pulling Ravi Ashwin for a six over midwicket. West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran (22) looked good in his knock of 22, before he top edged a pull off Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps.
Bhuvneshwar claimed his second wicket, as the West Indies left hander top edged a slower delivery to Pant for a fantastic 73. His knock came off 50 balls with 8 fours and 4 sixes.
Cameos from Rovman Powell and Shimron Hetmyer took the hosts to a competitive score of 164/5 in their allotted 20 overs.
For India, Bhuvneshwar ended up with figures of 2/35, while Hardik Pandya and Arshdeep Singh claimed a wicket each.
Chasing 165, Rohit Sharma started well by hitting Alzarri Joseph for a six and a four. However he had to retire hurt on 11 due to a back injury.
Suryakumar Yadav came in and smashed the West Indies bowlers to all parts of the ground. He along with Shreyas Iyer featured in a 105 run stand before the latter was stumped by Thomas off Hosein for 24.
Suryakumar’s sparkling knock ended in the 15th over, when he top-edged a full and wide delivery from Dominic Drakes to Joseph at fine leg. His innings came off just 44 balls with 8 fours and 4 sixes.
Jason Holder provided a glimmer hope by dismissing all rounder Hardik Pandya, caught behind the stumps for 4.
However Rishabh Pant scored a valuable unbeaten 33, as India overhauled the target with an over to spare. Deepak Hooda was not out on 10.
With this win, the visitors take a 2-1 lead in the five-match T20I series.