florida, After Shreyas Iyer’s (64 runs) explosive innings, India defeated the West Indies in the fifth and final match due to the deadly bowling of the spinners. After a huge and one-sided victory by 88 runs, India won the five-match T-20 series 4-1.
After winning the toss, captain Hardik Pandya decided to bat first and scored 188 runs for seven wickets on the scoreboard. The West Indies team was all out for just 100 runs in 15.1 overs. Barring Shimron Hetmyer (56 off 35 balls), none of the batsmen could stay at the crease. He completed the fastest half-century of his career off 28 balls.
It happened for the first time in T20 cricket that all 10 wickets were taken by spinners. Akshar Patel had gathered three West Indies batsmen in the pavilion within five overs. Wickets started falling from the first over.
The young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi gave the best performance of his career and grabbed the wicket by conceding 16 runs in 2.4 overs. On the other hand, Kuldeep Yodav, who was playing in the first match of the series, also bowled with a bang, he took three wickets for just 12 runs in the quota of 4 overs.
Pacers ie Arshdeep Singh, Awesh Khan and Hardik Pandya did not take any wickets. Having already clinched the series, India rested four veteran players Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Suryakumar Yadav, replacing them with the return of Ishan Kishan, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer in the playing XI.
India won the first, third, fourth and fifth matches of the series while West Indies managed to win only the second match. New Jadi once again started for the Indian team in the match.
But Ishan Kishan failed to capitalize on the opportunity in the team while Iyer hit some exciting shots. When Hooda was batting, the team was on its way to more than 200 runs.
Shreyas Iyer, who was sent in for the opener, put on 38 runs for the first wicket with Ishan Kishan and 76 runs for the second wicket with Deepak Hooda in 7.1 overs with eight fours and two sixes in a 40-ball innings. Hooda scored 38 runs in a 25-ball innings with the help of four fours and two sixes. Captain Pandya scored 28 runs before being run out in the final over.
Odin Smith scored 33 runs in four overs and took three wickets for West Indies. In the 14th over of the match, due to lightning, the match had to be stopped for 15 minutes. The Indian team was in a position of 135 runs for three wickets at this time but could not make good runs in the subsequent overs. Sanju Samsen (15 runs) once again failed to capitalize while Dinesh Karthik (12 runs) failed to play the finisher role for the second consecutive match.SS1MS