3rd T20I: India edge past West Indies in last ball thriller

Phil Simmons

Phil Simmons

But Dhawan who scored 92 and Pant who made 58, took control of the contest and set their team on their way to victory as Windies' captain Carlos Brathwaite's insistence on persevering with his fast bowler and medium pacers backfired. In a thrilling match in Chennai last night, Shikhar Dhawan's 92 runs and Rishabh Pant's 58 guided India to victory on the last ball of the match.

The dashing Pant hit some audacious shots and hoisted three sixes in his attacking half-century before being bowled by Paul in the 19th over.Dhawan seemed to have regained his touch ahead of the tour of Australia as he flayed the bowlers all round the park and fell when one run was required for a win. Nicolas Pooran's 53 from 25 balls not out and Darre Bravo's 43 from 37 balls made West Indies reach a remarkable total.

Rohit had come into the match as the second highest run scorer in T20Is, having overtaken Kohli in the previous match, where he also became the first to score four T20I hundreds.

After an indifferent run in the first two matches, Dhawan found his groove early and stroked the ball fluently. West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite was disappointed to not cross the line despite taking the game to the last over.

New batsman Pooran then joined Bravo in the middle and started punishing the bad balls.

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Chasing 182, India lost Rohit Sharma (4) and KL Rahul (17) early.

Chahal had Hope, who tried to go for another slog sweep, but ended up picking Washington Sundar at deep midwicket to depart for 22-ball 24, with three boundaries and a six to his name. After adding 11 more runs to the total with Bravo, Hetmyer was also sent packing by Chahal.

It will be interesting to see whether the team management tweaks the spin department comprising leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and left-armer Krunal Pandya, with Sundar and Nadeem still warming the bench.

Hetmyer slammed four fours and a six in his 21-ball 26 but was dismissed when trying to cut a delivery from Chahal.

The hosts had whitewashed the visitors 2-0 in the Test series and went on to clinch the ODI series 3-1.

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