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3rd T20 International
Venue: Warner Park, St Kitts
Toss: India won and bowled
Result: India won by 7 wickets
Series: India lead 2-1 with 2 matches to play
Player of the Match: Suryakumar Yadav
BASSETERRE, St Kitts – West Indies failed to repeat their exploits of 24 hours earlier and fell to a heavy defeat to India on Tuesday. Encouraged by their series-levelling win on Monday, the home side batted first and made a challenging 164-5 off their 20 overs.
Left-hander Kyle Mayers top-scored with 73 off 50 balls after West Indies were sent in, putting on 57 for the first wicket with Brandon King (20) and a further 50 for the second wicket with skipper Nicholas Pooran who made 22.
Mayers reached his second T20I half-century in the 13th over by pulling off-spinner Ravi Ashwin over mid-wicket for six, before he fell in the 17th over, top-edging a delivery from seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the keeper Pant to complete the catch.
Rovman Powell (23) and Shimron Hetmyer (22) then provided the finishing touches in a 34-run, fourth wicket stand.
In the second half, West Indies then couldn’t withstand the assault of Suryakumar Yadav who made a match-winning 76 from 44 balls to lead the visitors to 165-3 and give them a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Suryakumar steered the run chase, with eight fours and four sixes before Rishabh Pant arrived to stroke an unbeaten 33 off 26 balls, taking India to victory with an over to spare.
“I felt like we had to get early wickets and we didn’t get early wickets. I felt like we should have dragged it back early in the power-play but unfortunately, we couldn’t get that wicket,” said West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran. “At the [halfway stage of the game] we felt like we had enough. India bowled well … they used the pitch really good. The wicket was a bit on the slower side and we felt it would be difficult to keep scoring on it. Again, if we had gotten early wickets it would have been a different game.”
COMIN’ TO AMERICA
Net stop on the “Summer of Cricket” is the USA. The team will play the fourth and fifth matches of the series at the Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday and Sunday. The stage is set for high-octane entertainment with a full house expected on both days.
Fans can watch live on ESPN Caribbean and listen to live radio commentary on the Windies Cricket YouTube channel. Fans in India will be able to see the series on FanCode, India’s premier digital sports destination for all fans.