"We didn't want to be complacent and wanted to come out and win", said Rohit Sharma, the India captain, after the win. The southpaw made sure that the Windies never went into ascendancy mode, after picking up 2 wickets in the Powerplay and found an able partner in Rishabh Pant. It might have been enough, but Shikhar Dhawan hit 92 and Rishabh Pant 58 to lead India past the line in a thrilling finish.
Despite this, Manish Pandey was quick to run between the wickets as he ran for the one run which the hosts needed, thereby ending their home season on a high. Shikhar Dhawan played a superb inning of 92 runs off just 62 balls. KL Rahul briefly entertained, but edged one to the keeper off Oshane Thomas.
WICKET! Rohit Sharma dismissed for 4 as Carlos Brathwaite takes a catch at mid-off courtesy a Keemo Paul wicket.
India sealed the T20 series with a comprehensive victory in Lucknow as they have won both matches so far, and they will now look to complete the whitewash as this third match moves to Chennai on Sunday.
Opting to bat, openers Shai Hope (24) and Shimron Hetmyer (26) started the proceedings on a good note, forging a 51-run partnership in six overs. Both Pant and Dhawan then smashed a six each off the 11th over and then fetched 18 off a Kieron Pollard over to put India back on track. Washington Sundar then piled on the misery by getting rid of Denesh Ramdin, who got an under-edge onto his stumps. Despite this, the Caribbean side responded well with Darren Bravo (43 not out) and Nicholas Pooran (53 not out) putting up an 87-run partnership. Chahal returned 2/28, while Sundar had 1/33.
For India, Chahal took two wickets while Sundar scalped one.
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Earlier, West Indies made 181 runs in their 20 overs after Carlos Brathwaite won the toss and chose to bat first.
With India claiming the T20I series 2-0, West Indies will look to sign off their tour with a consolation win in the third match here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Sunday.
And with the Australia tour kicking off on November 21 with the first of three T20Is, the Men in Blue will treat this as a final dress rehearsal before they embark on the long journey.
Sehwag also opined that premier Indian batsman Rohit Sharma should be included in the Test team. I've been part of games like these with Mumbai Indians. Pandya conceded just 15 runs off his four overs in the opening fixture, while Ahmed has been the surprise package for everyone, and these two, along with Chahal are expected to be a major threat for the visitors.
Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope, who were the shining stars in the ODI series, have struggled to replicate their form in the T20 series.