Mumbai: Openers KL Rahul (91), Rohit Sharama (71) and Kohli (70) fired as India beat West Indies by 67 runs in series-deciding third T20 at Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.
India won three-match series series by 2-1
The tourist started off chasing 241 runs did not start well. Bhuvneshwar Kumar gives first blow to Windies as Brandon King (5). He caught by Rahul at mid-wicket.
On the final ball of the next over, Shami brought India the second success as Lendl Simmons (7). Shreyas Iyer caught Simmons at third man.
Very next ball, Deepak Chahar third below to Windies. Nicholas Pooran caught by Shivam Duba at third man on golden duck.
Shimron Hetmyer (41) and Kieron Pollard (68) added 74 runs for fourth wicket. Kuldeep Yadav breaks this stand in his come-back match. Hetmyer and Pollard struck 19 runs in Shivam Dube's first over. Rahul picked another catch at long-off of Hetmyer. He struck five sixes and a boundary before back to pavilion.
Kuldeep strike again in next over. This time he picked up Jason Holder (8) wicket. Subsitute Manish Pande picked the catch at long-on.
Pollard completes fourth T20I by hitting a bounday to long-on in 14th over on Kuldeep. He completes his fifty in 33-ball. Bhuvneshwar ended Pollard's innings. Ravindra Jadeja, who was fielding in place of Kohli, caught Pollard at long-on. He hit five boundaries and six sixes before he was dismissed.
For India Deepak Chahar (2-20), Bhuvneshwar (2-41), Shami (5-25) and Kuldeep (2-45) picked up two wickets.
Earlier, Rahul, Rohit and skipper Kohli struck explosive half centuries to power India to a mammoth 240 for 3.
West Indies decision to bowl first backfired as Rahul (91, 56b, 9x4, 4x6) and Rohit (71, 34b, 6x4, 5x6) conjured 135 runs for first wicket in 11.4 overs.
They took a listless opposition attack to cleaners and smashed 72 runs in first six overs. While Rohit completed his 50 off 23 balls, Rahul did it in 29 deliveries.
And later in the innings, Kolhi (70 off 29 balls; 4x4; 7x6) showed his class as he and Rahul put up a 95-run-stand off 45 balls for third wicket to propel the hosts to the highest total at Wankhede Stadium.
Rohit began with a cover drive boundary off pacer Sheldon Cottrell. In second over off Jason Holder, Rahul hit back-to-back boundaries at the third man region, the first coming from a thick outside edge.
Rohit then stamped his class as he pulled Cottrell for a six and followed by a four towards mid-off region. It was Rohit's 400th six in international cricket to become the first Indian to achieve the feat.
Rahul then struck a four followed by a six over third man fence as India amassed 14 runs off 4th over by Jason Holder.
Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre was introduced into the attack, but Rohit welcomed him with a towering six over long-on. The next ball, Evin Lewis, almost pulled off a one-handed blinder, but could not complete the catch. Rahul inflicted more agony on Kesrick Williams as he hit two fours and a six in the sixth over.
Then Rohit hit two consecutive sixes and a four off Pierre as India raced to 102/0 after 8 overs.
This was third 100-run stand between the two in T20s. At the half-way mark, India were 116/0. However, West Indies pegged back India by removing Rohit and one-down Rishabh Pant (0) quickly.
Then Kohli joined Rahul as the two continued the onslaught. Kohli was brutal on Holder, as he hit two fours and a six in the 15th over, as India scored 22 runs off it.
The last five overs belonged to Kohli, who hammered fours and sixes at will as West Indies paid heavy price for indiscipline bowling. Fittingly Kohli finished the innings with a straight-six.