India’s batting line-up clicked into gear to seal the T20I series against the West Indies with a comprehensive 59-run victory in Florida.
India’s top order fires
Skipper Rohit Sharma showed no signs of the back issue he battled during the third game of the series as he helped India get off to a fast start in Florida alongside fellow opener Suryakumar Yadav.
The duo reached 50 without loss during the fifth over, with Rohit in particular displaying his attacking intent by smashing three sixes during a quickfire innings that netted 33.
Scoring was tougher for India during the middle overs, but Rishabh Pant (44) and Sanju Samson (30*) batted sensibly when required to ensure Rohit’s in-form side posted a decent total of 191/5.
McCoy comes thudding back to earth
India seemingly did their homework on Obed McCoy as the West Indies pacer conceded a whopping 66 runs from his four overs just five days after picking up a record-breaking six-wicket haul.
In the second game of the series on Monday McCoy collected the best figures ever by a West Indies bowler in a T20I (6/17), but that seemed a lifetime ago as India’s batters went to work.
Rohit and Yadav took 25 from McCoy’s first over, before Axar Patel contributed two massive sixes in the penultimate over of the innings to complete a forgettable outing for the quick.
West Indies never in the hunt in reply
The Caribbean side were going to need one of their top-order to score big to have any chance of overhauling India’s score, but it never eventuated as West Indies continually lost wickets and never seriously threatened the victory target.
Skipper Nicholas Pooran and middle-order batter Rovman Powell top-scored with 24 runs apiece, with inexperienced pacer Arshdeep Singh (3/12) running through West Indies’ tail to ensure the series-clinching victory.
It was a clinical performance from India’s strong bowling line-up, with Avesh Khan (2/17), Ravi Bishnoi (2/27) and Axar (2/48) all chiming in with two wickets apiece.