The target is 18 runs. The West Indies have made a quick start by chasing this big target. Losing 2 wickets in the first 11 overs, they can make 69 runs. In the last 9 overs, West Indies had to score 2 runs per ball to win. Nicholas Puran and Rovman Powell were doing just that. But they could not come in the last 3 overs.
West Indies needed 36 runs in the last 3 overs. India’s two bowlers Hershal Patel and Bhubaneswar Kumar did not allow that to happen. Bhubaneswar picked up Puran in the 19th over. Then in the last over West Indies needed 25 runs. But Powell and Pollard can take 18 runs together. West Indies lost the match by 6 runs. After winning the second match in a row, Rohit Sharma’s team has secured the victory by keeping 1 match of 3 T20 series in hand.
Puran and Powell were dreaming of winning the West Indies by scoring 100 off 60 balls for the third wicket.
Puran and Powell were dreaming of winning the West Indies by scoring 100 off 60 balls for the third wicket.Photo: AFP
Chasing the target, West Indies lost 2 wickets for 59 runs in 6.3 overs. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person. In the third wicket partnership, both of them scored 100 runs from 80 balls. Before being caught by Ravi Vishwanay off Bhubaneswar, Puran made 72 off 41 balls. He hit 5 fours and 3 sixes in the innings. Powell was unbeaten on 7 off 36 balls. 4 fours and 5 sixes in an innings with a strike rate of 16.6.
India and West Indies players exchanged greetings at the end of the match
India and West Indies players exchanged greetings at the end of the matchPhoto: AFP
Earlier, India lost 5 wickets for 18 runs. Virat Kohli came to the wicket after Ishan Kishan was out in the second over. He came on the wicket and started hitting four in the second ball, hitting four more in the next 15 balls in the innings. Virat Kohli started with a bang. But in the end, there was no energy in his innings. He got a half-century, but Rishabh Pant made more of a storm than Kohli against the West Indies in Kolkata tomorrow. He also got a half century. India have beaten West Indies by two half centuries of these two.
Rishabh Pant scored an unbeaten 52 off 26 balls
Rishabh Pant scored an unbeaten 52 off 26 ballsPhoto: AFP
Kohli, who made 26 off the first 18 balls, played 41 balls before being bowled out for 52 in the end, due to the return of Rohit Sharma (19) and Suryakumar Yadav in the 12-ball break. After Kohli was dismissed, Pant and Venkatesh Iyer combined for the fifth wicket to make 6 off 35 balls. Iyer was dismissed for 33 off 18 balls but Pant was unbeaten on 52 off 26 balls with six fours and one six. He also won the award for the best match.