Suryakumar Yadav’s 76 helped India take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Bassitere (St. Kitts and Nevis), Aug 2: Surya Kumar Yadav showcased his incredible hitting skills with a brilliant 76 as India cruised to a seven-wicket win over the West Indies in the third T20 International here on Tuesday. India now leads the five-match series 2-1 and the cricket caravan heads to Florida, USA for the final two matches of the series.

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While not chasing more than 147 in the T20I at the Warner Park ground, Surya Kumar decided to change the script in a 44-ball script as India chased down the target of 165 runs in 19 overs. Shreyas Iyer (24 off 26 balls) was an ideal partner at the other end in a stand of 86 as he made the target look easier than it actually was and that too at a level that didn’t quite look right while batting. The first part of the game.

After a brief dry spell following his maiden T20I century in Nottingham, Surya Kumar is back in his element and this time in an unfamiliar role as an opener, which he has been playing throughout the series. It was another 360-degree effort that showcased his flexibility, dexterity and hand-eye coordination. There were eight fours and four sixes in his innings.

Alzari Joseph hit a picture-perfect six over extra cover, which will be hard to forget as he held his pose for several seconds after the execution. Sixes on the same bowler and pace and bounce using a ramp shot, a pull over deep mid-wicket and a cross-batted punch at mid-on fielder.

Against left-arm spinner Akil Hussain, slog-swept at square leg to complete his half-century. At the halfway stage, the score was 96 for no loss, despite captain Rohit Sharma (11) retiring with a back muscle strain.

With Surya Kumar dismissed, India provided the final touch to the match with Rishabh Pant (33 not out off 26 balls). After Rohit won a good toss and elected to field, his bowling unit maintained discipline for the better part before the relative inexperience of Avesh Khan and Arsdeep Singh led the West Indies to 164 for 5. Make

Left-hander Kyle Mears (73 off 50 balls) punished the Indian attack with eight fours and four sixes in his kitty as he joined skipper Nicholas Pooran (22 off 23 balls) after an opening stand with Brendan King. Added 50 runs in 7.2 overs. While Avish Khan’s (0/47 in 3 overs) poor show stuck out like a sore thumb, other bowlers performed decently without being exceptional.

Just as Dinesh Karthik is the team’s designated finisher in the batting order with 20 balls to spare, Arshad (1/33 in 4 overs) has been drafted in as a death-overs specialist for his ability to bowl those wide yorkers. is going. However, in the pressure cooker scenario of international cricket, the Punjab boy is still a work in progress.

27 runs came courtesy of Shimron Hetmyer (20 off 12 balls) and Rowman Powell (23 off 14 balls) in the last two overs. The revelation in India’s bowling attack was Hardik Pandya, who used the change of pace effectively, mixing his cutters and silvers with the occasional block-hole delivery, responsible for King.

After scoring a half-century in the previous game, King looked scrappy during his run-a-ball-20, before being bowled by Pandya. His final figures of 4-0-19-1 with 12 dot balls were certainly important in the final context of the innings. During the middle overs, Ravichandran Ashwin (4-0-26-0) was also impressive as he also had a dozen dot balls. Deepak Hooda, who was brought back into the playing XI in place of Ravindra Jadeja, bowled a steady over with the new ball while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4-0-35-2) was consistent as he always is on most occasions.

He released Pooran with extra pace and bounce and then removed the dangerous Myer with a full delivery that Rishabh Pant took both catches.


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