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5th T20 International
Venue: Central Broward Stadium, Fort Lauderdale
Toss: India won and batted
Result: India won by 88 runs
Series: India won 4-1
Player of the Match: Axar Patel
Player of the Series: Arshdeep Singh
Shimron Hetmyer hit a stroke-filled half-century but West Indies again fell well short to hand India a comprehensive victory as the visitors took the series in grand style. Following Saturday’s full-house another large and colourful crowd gathered in the Florida sunshine on Sunday to see the former T20 World Cup champions in action again.
The left-handed Hetmyer top-scored with 56 from 35 balls before becoming the second last wicket, one of two in the 16th over from leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi who was the main wicket-taker with 4-16 – as all 10 wickets fell to spin.
West Indies were dismissed for 100 in the 16th over after India made 188-7 off their 20 overs.
Left-arm spinners Kuldeep Yadav (3-12) and Axar Patel (3-15) blew away the remainder of the innings with three wickets hauls, Shamarh Brooks (13) and Devon Thomas (10) the only other batter to reach double figures.
Shreyas Iyer had earlier helped propel India to their eventual 188 for seven from their 20 overs, top-scoring with 64 from 40 balls. Deepak Hooda chipped in with 38 from 25 balls while stand-in captain Hardik Pandya got a 16-ball 28. Fast bowler Odean Smith was the home side’s best bowler with three for three from his four overs, all of his wickets coming at the back end.
“We weren’t good enough. India came out aggressive but as batters we didn’t learn,” said captain Nicholas Pooran. “It is a game of skills versus skills and today we weren’t good. We didn’t put partnerships together, except for Hetmyer. When you come against one of the top teams in the world then execution is important.”
On Saturday: West Indies lost by 59 runs. Asked to chase 192 in order to level the five-match series West Indies were bowled out for 132 in the 20th over. Captain Nicholas Pooran and his vice-captain Rovman Powell posted a joint top-score of 24 but were the only batters to pass 20.
Left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh ripped through the innings with three for 12 while seamer Avesh Khan (2-17), leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi (2-27) and left-arm spinner Axar Patel (2-48) all finished with two wickets each.
India had earlier gathered 191-5 from their 20 overs after being sent in, the dashing Rishabh Pant top-scoring with 44 from 31 balls, captain Rohit Sharma chipping in with a 16-ball 33 and Sanju Samson hitting an unbeaten 30 from 23 balls.