Kohli, Pant super show catapults India to a T20I series whitewash
So much for the dead rubber!
It was an elite A-class chase by India. A solid temperament, surreal style and with some authority. It was only fitting that Rishabh Pant finished the game with a delicious looking uppish straight drive for a six! He has answered his critics in some fashion, and in doing so he became the first Indian batsman to register two T20I fifties before the age of 22 years. What’s more his 65* is now the highest by an Indian wicket-keeper in T20I cricket!
India were in a spot at 27/2 but Kohli and Pant dallied for some time and rotated the strike, and when their eyes were set, they went on playing the cricket they know best. Earlier, Deepak Chahar led the attack right from the front and returned with a wondrous 3-1-4-3 figure. Saini in the second spell bowled brilliantly to remove both the set batsmen Nicholas Pooran and the dangerous looking Keiron Pollard. But he leaked 16 runs off the last over—and that death over bowling might be a concern for the team.
Deepak Chahar you beauty! At it from the word go. Gets rid of Narine, Lewis and Hetmyer.— BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 2019
West Indies 14/3 after 3.5 overs pic.twitter.com/zTbAoipndH
Meanwhile, West Indies have now lost 12 out of their last 14 T20 Internationals! This is West Indies’ sixth consecutive loss against India in T20Is—their worst losing streak against any opponent in this format. The ODI and Test series awaits. Redemption?
India win by 7 wickets
That's a delicious six first ball of the last over from RIshabh Pant and India whitewash West Indies in the T20I series.
Three runs from the penultimate over, and India needs a couple more runs to win.
Kohli's gone! OUT. An eventful 18th over
Drama, drama! But a little too late for the West Indies, really!
The first ball hit the stumps but the bails stayed stuck. The second delivery was swatted away over mid-wicket with authority for a boundary. Kohli fell the third ball, dug the yorker away straight to point. A masterclass innnings come to an end.
But Rishabh Pant has no intention of knocking around. He drops his knees before clipping a shot over deep backward square. Elite stiff this!
India requires just 6 more runs to win this game. Ball remaining: 12.
Fifty for Pant
Hits a boundary off the last ball of the 17th over with some nonchalance to bring up his fifty. He gets a congratulatory message from his skipper.
Fifty for Kohli
First delivery of the 16th over, and Kohli rocks back deep into his crease before flicking off his pads past deep midwicket to bring up his 21st T20I half-century.
And just like last over, Pant reciprocates. He r-e-v-e-r-s-e paddles the last delivery for a boundary over short third man. Just broomed it away!
India are 120/2 after 16 overs, and require 27 more runs from 24 balls.
14 runs from that over
This is a Kohli show! This is some real A-class whipping from Virat Kohli. What mighty wrists one should have to power that one down! Fuller and just outside off, and Kohli has placed it to the right of long on boundary for a four.
And for the icing on the cake, Pant butchers the last ball through extra cover for a six! That's some bohemian power inside that tiny body! A flat-hit for a six!
India are 109/2, and require 38 more runs from 5 overs.
Miscued and amended--how!
Kohli runs down the pitch to take and opens his bat face to smear it over point for a coupla runs first ball. He is looking to hit every ball here, just unable to pierce the gap. Carlos Braithwaite is bowling well! He beats Kohli the fourth ball--and almost gets him the next delivery. Flew off the edge as he tried to muscle this one.
Kohli, though, has the final laugh off the last ball. A sweet exquisite drive over the infield for a boundary, fell just inches short from the rope.
India are 95/2 after 14 overs, and require 52 more runs from 36 balls.
A flick off the pads from Kohli, they walk over a single, and that brings up the fifty-run stand between Kohli and Pant. This is interesting batting approach from Pant. He's keeping his calm, and is hitting the ball down the ground--real mature cricket this.
Kohli has staken the attack now that the asking rate has climbed over nine. But he just can't pierce the gap. Meanwhile, Pant goes for it. Gets the space to free his arms and clobbers it over long-off.
India are 85/2 after 13 overs.
Nine runs from that over
Stand and deliver! Tremendous batting from the masterclass batsman. Dismissive! Slightly fuller outside off, Kohli takes a step forward and creates room, nailing it in the gap at extra cover.
They take single off the other five deliveries, taking nine runs from that over. India are 71/2 after 11 overs.
India are 62/2 after 10 overs
India are 62/2 halfway through their innings. Captain Virat Kohli is looking solid, and even Rishabh Pant is doing fine out there in the middle. India require 85 more runs in 60 deliveries at 8.5 rpo. Not quite difficult, really!
A boundary every over!
Kohli slices a late cut the fifth ball of the seventh over for a boundary. A length ball outside off, and Kohli stays deep inside the crease, picks the line wide of off and hammers the ball in the gap behind backward point.
The fourth ball from the next over from Narine, Pant cuts the ball late for a boundary at backward point. Nine runs come from the first over of Narine.
India are 54/2 after 8 overs.
He's OUT! Rahul's been stumped
Not really the game Rahul wanted. A little premeditated it seemed. But that's really clever from Fabian Allen. Saw Rahul advancing down the pitch, he pushed the ball faltter and quicker-- the ball just sneaked through the bat and the body for an easy stumping. He was looking aggressive--and that's all about it.
This wicket brings Rishabh Pant on strike, who isn't really having a great series so far. Brilliant opportunity, this!
India are 34/2 after 6 overs.
Rahul has a close shave!
Just short of Cottrell at the third man boundary! Rahul goes for an upper cut even as the ball was close to his chest. Gets a hold of it, and the ball flies over to the third man, Cottrell comes running to his left and tries a leap to catch it but it's j-u-u-u-s-t short of his left hand.
OUT! Dhawan's poor form continues
Crunching straight drive from Shikhar Dhawan, Oshane Thomas gets a hand on his followthrough and saves a definite four. He seems to have hurt himself, though. The physio runs along the ground and tapes his right hand.
Got 'em! Straight to the short fine leg. And Dhawan's poor run of form continues. Short ball and Dhawan tries to help it along its way to the fine leg boundary, ends up splicing it straight into the pocket of short fine Dhawan.
India are 10/1 after 2 overs.
Opens the innings with a SIX!
KL Rahul shuffles down the pitch and thrashes the ball in swagger as he launches Cottrell for a clean maximum over long-off. India off the mark in a fashion, third ball of the over.
India are 6/0 after 1 over
16 runs from the 20th over
A full toss from Saini flies the maximum distance. Impeccable timing that from Romnov Powell. Juicy full toss near his waist--he's bowled that quite a bit in the other two matches as well--and Powell hammers it over midwicket for a six!
The fifth ball is fuller on middle and Powell swings this off his toes behind square leg for a six! A couple of runs off the last delivery and WI finish their innings at 146/6 at the end of 20 overs.
One might wonder why Deepak Chahar (3-1-4-3) didn't bowl the final over!
Six from Allen spoils Bhuvi's 19th over
Fabian Allen slogs a flat six off the last delivery to spoil what was turning out to be a brilliant 19th over from Bhuneshwar Kumar. Walks down the track and dispatches it over long-on for a flat six.
WI are 130/6 after 19 overs.
First wicket for Rahul Chahar!
Six off the first ball, wicket from the next! That's a first T20I wicket for Rahul Chahar. Braithwaite toe-ended that to long on! Another short ball, and Braithwaite looked to go mighty big once again. But he had to fetch this one from outside off, didn't get the conncetion right, and it went straight to Sundar's throat.
WI are 121/6 with two overs to go.
Saini through the gate! Pollard's gone
And now, it's Powell taking on the attack. Short one from Saini, he gets into the position very quickly, clears his front leg and muscles the pull over midwicket. Tremendous hitting that!
Through the gate! Knocked the midddle of the middle stump. A well disguised slower ball cleans up an all dangerous Pollard--58 (45). This would do the pacer a world of good. Bamboozled the batsman! Brilliant second spell.
WI are 108/5 after 16 overs.
Fifty for Pollard!
Delightful that! Flogs the first delivery for a six over deep-midwicket for a 87-metre six to bring up his fifty. And he goes bigger the second time this over--this one has landed on the roof! Overpitched by Krunal Pandya and Pollard thumped it well over the sightscreen. Massive!
WI are 100/4 after 15 overs.
Navdeep Saini has been brought into the attack, and he delivers--first ball. Length ball, angling across the left-hander Nicholas Pooran, takes a thick outside edge and Rishabh Pant takes a brilliant two-handed diving to his left.
Rovman Powell's the next man in. He looked in a splendid touch in the last match. Saini opens him up on the very first ball, tangles him up with a sharp unexpected bouncer in the next. Another full toss from Saini and Pollard has played all around it. Hits his pad, and Kohli goes for the review--very similar to the last match--but this one's drifting down the leg side.
An excellent over from Saini comes to an end. WI are 84/4 after 14 overs.
Krunal has done good to contain Polllard and Pooran in the 13th over. Conceded just 7 runs, WI are 80/3 after 13 overs.
Krunal Pandya replaces Chahar
He's bowling wide, he's mixing well. Krunal Pandya has got a lot of variety and he's putting all of 'em into use. He conceded just one run from the first five deliveries, but Nicholas Pooran goes high and handsome the last ball for a mighty six. Smokes it over wide long-off!
This a fine looking partnership developing between Pollard and Pooran that would do West Indies a lot of good. Pollard slog sweeps Sundar for a four, taking WI score to 73/3 after 12 overs.
Pollard is going for it!
Another biggie from the boogeyman, Pollard! Too easy for him. You bowl him there, and he can hit you sixes everytime. In the slot, and Pollard smokes that the first delivery from Sundar over long on for a six!
Another huge over for the Carribeans, they take 12 runs from it. WI are 58/3 after 10 overs.
Two sixes off that over!
Straight, very straight SIX! Pollard is looking to go big here at legspinner Rahul Chahar. He takes a step down, extends his arms and just deposits it straight over the bowler--and over the boundary.
He goes again the penultimate ball, didn't time it well but the ball sails agonisingly over the long off fielder for the second six from the over. Both of them represent Mumbai Indians in the IPL, and he has played Chahar in the nets. Matters!
WI are 46/3 after 9 overs.
Alright, time for debutant Rahul Chahar
Edge goes past slip for a four. Pooran plays the leg-break with soft hands and it comes off the outside edge. Pretty much the usual stuff, but the last ball was well bowled: good loopy delivery that beats Pollard and hits him on the pad as he comes forward to defend this one.
Spin from both the ends now. Washington Sundar, who opened the bowling in the last two T20Is, comes in to bowl the eighth over. Contains both all-explosive Pollard and Pooran, and gives away just 3 runs.
WI are 33/3 after 8 overs.
West Indies openers in this series have just scored 16 runs in three matches. Their score: 0, 0, 4, 0, 10, 2
Meanwhile, Keiron Pollard announces himself into the match by hitting a six off Bhuvneshwar over the long off fence--just stands tall and pumps the ball straight over.
WI are 21/3 after 5.4 overs
Deepak Chahar is on fire!
If the first T20 was Saini's, the hero of this match could very well be Deepak Chahar. He struck Lewis right on the pads. The umpire raises his finger but he has taken a review here. The only thing that can save the batsman is an inside edge. The ball pitching on off and jagging back in to hit him on the front pad's knee roll. Three reds on the review, man he's plumb!
Is that another one? Yes, it is! The older Chahar is on fire! The little Windies experiment of sending Hetmeyer up doesn't pay dividends as another one falls to a skiddy Chahar. Sharp movement off the deck! The ball pitches outides off and then takes a sharp left to nip in and hit the pad. Nothing Hetmeyer could do about it!
Double wicket maiden for Deepak Chahar, and WI are 14/3 after 3 overs.
That's the first boundary!
Meanwhile, West Indies are experimenting with their batting order. Hetmyer has been pushed up the order instead of Pooran.
Lewis hits a four off Bhuvi the second ball of the third over--the first positive shot and the first boundary of the day. He takes three runs off the next ball. Bhuvi bowled both the deliveries slow--but the line was too straight for Lewis to work 'em down the leg side.
Good over for WI--9 runs come from it. They're 13/1 after 3 overs.
GONE! WI one man down
Alright, Deepak Chahar comes into the attack the second over. He is playing in place of Khaleel, and he's make an impact straightaway.
Very skillful bowling this! Beat Narine's outside edge, hit him on the pads with the inswinger, and gets him next bowl--pressure, pressure! Saini takes a sharp low catch at mid-on, moving to his right and bending forward.
West Indies are 4/1 after 2 overs
The umpires make their way out to the middle. Following them is the Indian team, who form a huddle at the boundary's edge. Sunil Narine and Evin Lewis make way to the crease. The latter comes into the match on the back of two ducks.
Bhuvi to start the proceedings. Three dots, the last just past the outside edge of Lewis' bat but dropping short of keeper Pant. He takes a quick single off the fourth ball--the first run that he scored in three matches.
WI are 1/0 after 1 over
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis, John Campbell, Nicholas Pooran, ShimronHetmyer, Rovman Powell, Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen
India choose to bowl; make three changes
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss for the third time this series, and chose to bowl first. There are three changes in the team: both the Chahr brothers make the cut--it's a debut for Rahul Chahar--and KL Rahul replaces Rohit Sharma, who has been rested ahead of the ODI series.
Toss in a couple of minutes; match at 9.10pm IST
Media reports say that Rahul Chahar will be making his international debut today. Good news, fellas! We'll have the toss in a coupla minutes. The match will begin at 9.10 pm IST
The official inspection is taking place
The umpires are having an inspection. They look very positive, taking big strikes trying to find any wet patches in the outfield. Shikhar Dhawan is having some throwdowns in the middle; Deepak Chahar, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Chahar--all of 'em are warming up.
This is gonna take some time!
The next inspection will take place at 8.30pm. Hold tight! This ain't no dead rubber. We might as well see India play the likes of Rahul, Iyer and Chahar brothers tonight. And if that little chat between Sharma and Braitwaite suggests something, captain Kohli could be rested!
Speculation, speculation!! The umpires are nw having a chat with Brathwaite and Rohit Sharma. Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri is out in the middle. Wait, what? Sharma is doing all chat, not Kohli? Does that mean...
Water being drained off the field
The umpires are out for an inspection. Meanwhile, Daren Ganga on the TV says that the umpires might be concerned about the ground's wetness. "The outfield looks good around the 30-yard circle. Water content in the outfield outside the 30-yard circle is higher. The drainage here is excellent. Little bit of concern is the winds with the dark clouds looming. For now, the ground is draining quite well.
"There's still an hour left before we start losing overs," he adds. The wicket looks good, the heavy roller is doing the duty. Let's hope we have a game soon!
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
West Indies: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble, Andre Russell, Khary Pierre