By establishing a commanding 3-1 lead in the five T20I series, India preserved their unblemished series record against the West Indies dating back to 2016.
Even though they faltered in the second half of their innings, their aggressive batting strategy enabled them to score 191, and their bowlers were effective in stopping the West Indies’ bats with cutters.
This was India’s highest T20I total without having a batter reach the fifty-point mark.
The fact that they had Axar Patel batting at No. 7 and that he gave India the winning run with an unbeaten 20 off eight balls following a middle-overs slowness meant that only one of their seven batters failed to reach double digits.
Obed McCoy, a West Indies bowler, returned the most expensive analysis (2 for 66, including six sixes off his bowling) by a West Indies bowler two matches after he returned the greatest stats by a West Indies bowler, putting an end to India’s overstated issues against the left-arm seam.
After Avesh Khan turned the tide in the other direction by taking two wickets in the powerplay for just nine runs in just two overs, West Indies never really recovered, despite brief threats from Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell.
Rohit & Surya’s – Destructive Batsman
The fact that the India openers didn’t hold back at all suggests that either they knew immediately that they needed to make their runs while the ball was still new or that they believed a large score was required on this field.
Before he and Suryakumar Yadav viciously hugged McCoy, Rohit Sharma was the first to act aggressively, smashing a few boundaries in the first two overs.
When Suryakumar whipped and uppercut him for a six and a four, Rohit showed incredible flair by easing him for sixes over long-on and long-off. In the fifth over, India scored fifty runs.
Hosein, Joseph – Destructive Bowling
The two challenging last overs of the powerplay, bowled by Akeal Hosein and Alzarri Joseph, allowed West Indies to reenter the match. Joseph trapped Suryakumar lbw as he repeatedly attempted to open up the leg side after Hosein had been slogged for a six to bowl Rohit. When the field widened, West Indies started to bowl cutters into the wicket, which dried up the boundaries.
In the most challenging part of the innings, Rishabh Pant, batting at No. 4, played an excellent hand of 44 off 31 given the circumstances. Sanju Samson scored 30 off 23 while Deepak Hooda managed 21 from 19 balls at the other end.
Additionally, West Indies would have planned to severely restrict India once they acquired Dinesh Karthik for only six dollars. When the field widened, West Indies started to bowl cutters into the wicket, which dried up the boundaries.
Axar’s With The Big Fish On A Row
Axar, who was playing in his debut match of the series, delivered India 27 runs in the final two overs after the first three had only produced 18 runs thanks to a six over long-off, another over long-on, and a four off the final ball of the innings, both off McCoy in the 19th over.
Avesh Playing With His Mind
It is reasonable to believe that Avesh was being scrutinized in this game given that he averaged over 14 and over throughout the series and that he may have only played because Harshal Patel is injured.
Following Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s dismissal for 14 in the opening over, he took the field. He successfully employed the leg Cutter to dismiss Brandon King with a return catch and promoted Devon Thomas off a skier to mid-off.
West Indies now required a great inning from a middle-order player.
Pooran and Powell – The Destructive Batter
With two left-handed hitters in the midst of the fifth over, a challenging over to the bowl, Rohit made the unexpected decision to bring in left-arm spinner Axar.
Kyle Mayers sent Pooran back after sending him off for a short single even though he was merciless and hammered three sixes and a four. The over ended in disappointment.
Axar’s luck for the day was not over after this.
Powell took a liking to him and hit him for two sixes in his third over, the ninth of the innings, but he chipped the simplest of the deliveries, a full-toss, clean down the throat of long-on.
In nine overs, West Indies were currently 82 for 5. Arshdeep Singh’s bowling in the middle innings for the first time in T20Is, where he struck out the dangerous Jason Holder, ensured that West Indies had little chance of recovering, was the game’s high point.