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12-Aug-2023 18:18:00 GMT
WI v IND - 4th T20I, Lauderhill

India draw level in the T20I series with brilliant win

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India 179 for 1 (Jaiswal 84*, Gill 77) beat West Indies 178 for 8 (Hetmyer 61, Hope 45, Arshdeep 3-38, Kuldeep 2-26) by nine wickets

Lauderhill: India defeated the West Indies by nine wickets in the fourth match of the five T20 series on 12 August.

With this victory, Team India has equalized 2-2 in the series.

Now the fifth and deciding match will be played on Sunday.

The Indian team, trailing 2 against 0 at one point in the series, came back brilliantly in the third and fourth matches and prevented the West Indies from taking an unassailable lead in the series.

Now Team India will be eyeing to win the final match and seal the series.

Earlier, after winning the toss in the match, West Indies captain Rovman Powell decided to bat first. His team scored 178 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs.

In response, Team India won the match by scoring 179 runs in 17 overs with the loss of one wicket.

Yashasvi Jaiswal remained unbeaten till the end after scoring 84 off 51 balls.

Tilak Verma scored an unbeaten seven off five balls. Yashasvi hit 11 fours and three sixes in his innings.

Chasing the target of 179 runs, the Indian batsmen performed brilliantly.

Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill shared a 165-run partnership for the first wicket.

Both have shared a century partnership in T20 for the first time. India got the first blow in the form of Shubman Gill.

Gill was dismissed by Romario Shepherd on the third ball of the 16th over.

Gill got out after scoring 77 runs off 47 balls. He hit three fours and five sixes in his innings.

Earlier, West Indies captain Powell's decision to bat first was proved wrong by left arm fast bowler Arshdeep Singh. He sent opener Kyle Mayers to the pavilion on the fourth ball of the second over of the innings on a score of 17 runs.

Meyers was caught by wicketkeeper Sanju Samson in an attempt for a four.

After this the Windies team lost their three wickets in a span of three runs.

Arshdeep got the other opener Brendan King (18) caught by Kuldeep in the last sixth over of the powerplay. Then Kuldeep got the team a big wicket by dismissing Nicholas Pooran on the first ball of the seventh over.

Pooran was able to score only one run. This was the first ball of Kuldeep's over. After this, he gave the fourth blow to the Windies team by dismissing Captain Powell (01) on the fifth ball of the same over.

Hetmyer and Shai Hope handle West Indies
With four wickets down, experienced batsman Shai Hope took over the team along with the explosive Shimron Hetmyer.

Both shared a 49-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Hope missed out on a half-century and became the victim of Yuzvendra Chahal after scoring 45 off 29 balls.

Romaria Shepherd and Jason Holder did not bat. Shepherd became the victim of Akshar Patel after scoring nine runs and Mukesh Kumar for three runs.

Hetmyer and Smith took West Indies past 170 runs
Hetmyer was joined by Oden Smith after seven wickets fell on the score of 123 runs. Both scored quick runs in the last over and shared a 44-run partnership.

Hetmyer played a blistering inning of 61 off 39 balls. He hit three fours and four sixes. Arshdeep Singh got Hetmyer caught by Tilak Verma. Smith remained unbeaten on 15 off 12 balls and Akil Hussain scored five off two balls.

Excellent bowling by Arshdeep and Kuldeep
Arshdeep Singh and Kuldeep Yadav bowled brilliantly in this match for India. Arshdeep took three wickets in his name. He dismissed both West Indies openers Kyle Mayers and Brendan King as well as Shimron Hetmyer. Arshdeep gave 38 runs in four overs.

Kuldeep Yadav sent two dangerous batsmen Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell to the pavilion while wreaking havoc on the middle order. He gave only 26 runs in four overs. Akshar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mukesh Kumar got one success each.

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