WI vs IND 5th T20I: Shreyas Iyer, spinners complete 4-1 Windies rout as India win final game by 88 runs
WI vs IND 5th T20I: Shreyas Iyer returned to form with a stroke-filled 64, and the spinners claimed all ten wickets as India defeated West Indies by a lopsided 88 runs to win the five-match T20 International series here with a convincing 4-1 score.
After being called in to bat, India reached 188 for 7 in 20 overs thanks to Iyer’s half-century, as well as useful contributions from Deepak Hooda (38 off 25 balls) and stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya (28 off 16 balls).
Axar Patel (3-1-15-3) was next given the new ball by Pandya. With three arm balls on a track where balls stopped and gripped off the surface, Patel rapidly dismissed temporary openers Jason Holder (0), Shamarah Brooks (13), and Devon Thomas (10).
One of the most lopsided T20I bilateral series ended with West Indies being all out for 100 runs in just 16 overs, but India won’t be moaning because they met most of their objectives.
There was no way the West Indies could have mounted a comeback on a pitch that wasn’t conducive to batting after Kuldeep Yadav (4-1-12-3) caught the opposing captain Nicholas Pooran (3) square in front with a flighted delivery.
As time went on, it grew slower, and despite Shimron Hetmyer’s fight (56 off 35 balls), it was never going to be enough because the Caribbean batting order had the capacity to handle the calibre of Indian spinners.
Along with participating, Ravi Bishnoi (2.4-0-16-4) also claimed a few wickets as India’s spin trio easily changed their lengths and velocities to put the Windies batters on edge.
The day, though, belonged to Iyer, who used a scorching knock to relieve the strain that was building up on him and helped the Indian team score above average on a slow track despite the absence of its typical top order.
With 18 runs coming off the penultimate over bowled by Jason Holder, stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya made a great little cameo to boost the total in the end.
India was in a good position at 135 for three after 14.3 overs. When the game was stopped for 15 minutes due to lightning in the area of the stadium.
Iyer not only performed excellently in an unaccustomed position as an opener. But also won his own “war within fight” with Deepak Hooda. He was as impressive during his time at the crease. After failing in the first three games and dropping from the fourth.
The Iyer-Hooda combo added 76 runs in only 7.1 overs, and their connection was nothing short of magnificent. In addition to a barrage of fours, they also struck two sixes between them.
Iyer will definitely be in a much better frame of mind after the innings he played the day. Before the Asia Cup team selection. But he will undoubtedly left out of the first XI when all the “big boys” show up.
His eight fours and two sixes, in particular, all beautifully timed strokes.
Ishan Kishan (11 off 13 balls) was unable to capitalise on his opportunity. And the diminutive Jharkhand dasher will have few chances over the next two months.
Iyer started the match against Dominic Drakes with a few boundaries. And Hooda then fired a sweet little ramp shot off Keemo Paul over the keeper.
Iyer hit the bowler for back-to-back sixes in the ninth over. A lofted drive over extra cover and a swipe over point, both bowled by Odean Smith.
Hooda struck a beautiful inside-out six over extra cover off the opening pitch of leg-spinner Hayden Walsh’s very next over.
However, Hooda’s lofted drive over Obed McCoy’s head for a maximum was the shot of the Indian innings.
The Baroda man would actually slightly let down. Because, despite his best efforts to place a Walsh half-tracker into cow corner stands. It was the opposite-direction string winds that ultimately proved fatal.
Iyer left shortly after while attempting to grab Jason Holder’s low, wide full-toss. But ultimately only succeeding in making a straightforward return catch.