IND vs WI: Coming to India will be difficult, good to see how boys responded, says Kieron Pollard
IND vs WI: West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard expressed disappointment after his team was thrashed by India in the third and final T20I on Sunday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
India defeated West Indies by 17 runs in the third and final T20I, with Suryakumar Yadav’s 65-run knock and a spirited bowling performance.
“We were in the game for 15 overs, but we gave them 85-odd in the last five. We did have a good start with the bat. Nicholas showed his consistency. Rovman Powell showed he wants to be there. Coming to India is going to be difficult but the way the boys responded was good to see. For us from the T20 perspective, these guys are getting opportunities and they are putting in the hard yards,” said Pollard after the game.
With this victory, India won the three-match T20I series 3-0. The Men in Blue had previously defeated West Indies 3-0 in the ODI series.
West Indies, chasing 185, got off to the worst possible start, losing opening hitter Kyle Mayers (6) on Deepak Chahar’s fifth ball of the innings. Chahar dismissed Shai Hope (8) in his following over, reducing West Indies to 26/2 in the third over. After Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell teamed up at the crease, the visitors’ score was 68/2 after powerplay overs.
Harshal Patel got the better of Powell in the seventh over and broke the 47-run third-wicket stand (25). Venkatesh Iyer then got among the wickets, taking the valuable scalp of skipper Kieron Pollard (5), reducing the Windies to 82/4, with 103 runs still needed to win.
Pooran (61) and Romario Shephard (29) gave it their all, but the job was too much for them, and India won by 17 runs.