Chennai T20I: Dhawan, Pant excel; Ind beat WI by six wickets
Chennai: In a nail biting finish, India beat West Indies with the help of Shikhar Dhawan’s magnificent 92 runs knock off 62 balls and Rishabh Pant’s excellent 58 runs off 38 balls in the fourth and final T20I match played here on Sunday.
India has also clinched the four match series by 3-0.
Earlier, a combined batting show helped West Indies post a challenging total of 181/3 against India.
The visitors batsmen applied themselves perfectly and made sure they did not loose wickets till the end which saw middle-order batsmen Darren Bravo (43 not out) and Nicholas Pooran (53 not out) taking the charge towards the end, helping their team to post a decent score.
Opting to bat, openers Shai Hope (24) and Shimron Hetmyer (26) started the proceedings on a good note, forging a 51-run partnership in six overs.
But while trying to accelerate the scoring, Hope was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal in the seventh over.
After adding 11 more runs to the total with Bravo, Hetmyer was also sent packing by Chahal.
Despite two quick wickets, Bravo kept on playing sensibly with Denesh Ramdin (15). Just when things seemed good in the middle, Ramdir played a poor shot and was clean bowled by Washington Sundar in the 13th over when scoreboard was reading 94/3.
New batsman Pooran then joined Bravo in the middle and started punishing the bad balls. The duo forged a crucial unbeaten 87-run partnership for the fourth wicket and helped West Indies finish their innings in style.
Pooran played 25 balls and slammed four boundaries and as many sixes.