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11-Nov-2018 17:22:00 GMT
Ind vs WI - 3rd T20I, Chennai

India clean sweep Windies after last-ball finish

Chennai: India beat the West Indies by six wickets in the third and final match to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the T20 series on Sunday.

Shikhar Dhawan (92) and Rishabh Pant (58) scored superb half-centuries to guide the team home in the last ball of the thrilling match.

Chasing 181, the hosts rode on a 130-run stand between Dhawan and Rishabh Pant, who hit 58, to achieve their target on the last ball of the match.

Pant was out in the 19th over and Dhawan lost his wicket on the penultimate ball of the match, but Manish Pandey hit the winning run to deny West Indies any chance of a consolation victory. A tie would have taken the match into a super over.

Earlier, West Indies got to 181 after after Nicholas Pooran (53*) helped the side get crucial runs. But some ordinary bowling saw WI lose.

Yuzvendra Chahal overtook Kuldeep Yadav to become the highest wicket-taker in T20Is, for India, in the year 2018. Chahal (2/28) now has 18 wickets to his name in 13 matches played this year. He surpassed Kuldeep (17), who got past him earlier in the second T20I. Chahal also has 44 wickets in T20Is and since 2016, he is the second highest wicket-taker for India.

Brief scores:
India 182 for 4 (Dhawan 92, Pant 58, Paul 2-32) beat West Indies 181 for 3 (Pooran 53*, Bravo 43*, Chahal 2-28) by six wickets

Nicholas Pooran smashed a 24-ball 53*. The 23-year-old also notched his maiden T20I half-century. The player shared a 87-run stand with Darren Bravo (43*) and powered WI to the total of 181/3. He hit four fours and four sixes in his whirlwind innings. He smashed the joint-second fastest fifty by an WI batsman against India.

Dhawan goes past 500 T20I runs in 2018. Dhawan crossed 500 runs in T20I this year. This is the first time he has achieved the feat. He is also the second highest T20I scorer in 2018. He is only behind Zaman (576). He is followed by Babar (563) and Rohit (560). The southpaw amassed his 5th T20I fifty in 2018.

Dhawan also got to his 8th fifty in T20Is. He got a 50+ score after 5 T20I matches and overall eight. The star-studded opener shared a 130-run stand with Rishabh Pant and that did the damage as West Indies panicked.

Khaleel Ahmed gave away an astounding 23 runs in the final over. That was a change of scenario given that he had conceded only 14 in his first three overs.

The result caps off a complete domination by India, who had won the Tests 2-0 and then the one-day international series 3-1 against the visiting West Indians.


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