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3rd T20I (N), Mumbai, Dec 11 2019, West Indies tour of India
240/3
(20 ov, target 241)173/8
India won by 67 runs
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• The Report by Sidharth Monga

India take series after Rohit, Rahul, Kohli sixathon

Shami impressed upon return, as did the other seamers and Kuldeep

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy
Scorecard summary
India240/3(20 overs)
West Indies173/8(20 overs)
end of over 204 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 173/8CRR: 8.65 
Sheldon Cottrell4 (4)
Kesrick Williams13 (7)
Deepak Chahar4-0-20-2
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4-0-41-2

11.15pm India haven't been a good bat-first team in T20Is of late, and that's often been down to their risk-averse approach. They've tried to change that, of late. They tried and failed against South Africa in Bangalore recently, but today they tried and succeeded, and how. They went hard at the bowling from start to finish, and posted a truly massive total on a flat pitch. This effort will hold them in good stead through the period leading up to the T20 World Cup, and if they can get all their batsmen used to this approach and settled in their roles, they'll be an extremely dangerous team. West Indies, when they are at full strength, will always be a dangerous team too, and they showed that at various points during this series as well. Next up is the ODI series, which begins in Chennai on Sunday. Do join us for that, and keep sending in your comments. Until then, it's goodbye from me, Ankur and Chandan.

Virat Kohli is the Player of the Series. "We had spoken a lot. It was about going out on the field and executing. I had the opportunity to do something different, which I don't usually do. I told KL to stay on till the end, and said I'll try and smash a few. It was my second-year anniversary today, my wedding, and it was a special day for me. I know that I can contribute in all formats, it's about putting your mind to it. My role becomes crucial, because I have to play two roles. I'm trying to be able to play like this as well. You have to do it out there in the middle to gain confidence from it. I think two guys in the middle with clarity, the way Rahul and Rohit played today, that is key. Batting first [earlier], we've been too tight and hesitant, should we go for it, should we not."

KL Rahul is the Player of the Match. Surprising. Thought either Rohit or Kohli would get it.

Anyway, here's what Rahul has to say: "Both of them were in a destructive mood today, they were hitting the ball so sweetly from ball one. It's pretty obvious that our reocrd hasn't been great batting first, and we're looking to see what we can do to put up better totals. It was a great opportunity to bat first in a series decider, and it came off, and it'll give us a lot of confidence going into the other T20 series going forward."

Kieron Pollard: "Taking the positives, when you look at our performances with the bat through the series, consistent, we'll take that as a unit. At the end of the day, we know we need to get better at executing with the ball. In our minds [240 was gettable]. 230 has been chased here when England played South Africa. There's a lot of emerging players coming through. Yes, the bowling is a concern, but we have a roster of guys coming through. Those are the areas, but we know success is a boring thing, you need to do the right things day in and day out. Yes, we lost 2-1, but we have three more games to look forward to in the ODIs."

11pm Not sure why the presentation is taking so long to start. Ah, well, here we go.

Samiuddin Khaja: "Vinod meant 67 runs divided by 6 = 11 sixes" -- Ah!

Rahul Sargam: "173 isn't that bad score (I hope Mumbai crowd enjoyed it in the ground), considering that Lewis didn't bat and Pooran couldn't perform. Had there been Dre Russ today, things would have really been different, such a flat track it was. Great game, superb stuff from Rohit, Virat, Polly and KL. Such a fantastic game it was, loved it."

Vinod Rajpal: "India WON this SIxathon Match by 11 Sixes !!" -- Four sixes, no?

Ananth : "@kritish To do it better Washy didn't concede a boundary!"

Mustafa Moudi: "Fun Fact: Rohit Sharma is the only player to NOT win the Man of the Match in the Match where he completed 400 Sixes... Afridi in 1st T20 vs WI in 2013 and Gayle in World Cup 2015 vs Zimbabwe reached 400 Sixes and won the Man of the Match in those matches !!"

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: "It was quite a satisfying wicket for me. When Pollard is batting, you expect to go for a few boundaries, so it was satisfying to get him after conceding 15 in the over. You can't bowl length balls to him, so you have to rely on bouncers and yorkers. And he's so powerful that a few mishits will also fly away for six."

10.43pm India win by 67 runs, and take a hard-fought series 2-1. Kohli comes out to greet his players as they come off the field, and as he gives Washington Sundar a high-five and a hug, he slips in a cheeky "Washy, what an over yaar."

This victory will make India happy for a number of reasons, chiefly for the fact that they batted first and went hard right from start to finish to post a massive total on a good batting pitch. Too often in the past, they've not gone hard enough soon enough on similar surfaces, and ended up significantly short against power-packed teams. West Indies were always going to struggle after a poor start to their powerplay, but they kept the fans entertained courtesy some thrilling hitting from Shimron Hetmyer and Kieron Pollard.

19.6
Chahar to Cottrell, no run

and it will stay that way. Back of a length, offcutter. Looks to step away from the stumps and make room to swat through the leg side, but fails to make contact, and the ball spins from off stump and misses leg

Kritish : "Chahar... Only bowler today to not concede any sixes. "

19.5
Chahar to Cottrell, no run

back of a length outside off. Looks to clear his front leg and slog it away over the leg side, but can't connect

19.4
4
Chahar to Cottrell, FOUR runs

low full-toss on off stump, and he has enough room to scoop that over mid-off for another boundary

19.3
Chahar to Cottrell, no run

short ball outside off. Looks to pull and misses, and both bowler and keeper go up in belated appeal. Was there a thin edge? No reviews left for India, but there seemed to be a noise as ball passed bat

Sheldon Cottrell is the new batsman. Evin Lewis won't bat today.

19.2
W
Chahar to Pierre, OUT

gone, seven down. Length ball outside off, and he opens his bat face and scoops a simple catch to Jadeja at backward point. Was the knuckle ball, and he didn't pick it. Ended up with far less pace to work with than he'd anticipated

Khary Pierre c sub (RA Jadeja) b Chahar 6 (12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
19.1
Chahar to Pierre, no run

in the blockhole on off stump. Looks to make room and jab it away through the off side, only manages to play it back to the bowler off the inner half of the bat

Deepak Chahar to finish, with West Indies needing 12 per ball.

end of over 1912 runs
WI: 169/7CRR: 8.89 • RRR: 72.00 • Need 72 from 6b
Kesrick Williams13 (7)
Khary Pierre6 (10)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4-0-41-2
Washington Sundar1-0-5-0
18.6
4
Bhuvneshwar to Williams, FOUR runs

well played. Slower bouncer over off stump, leans back and dabs it cleverly over the keeper's head

18.5
6
Bhuvneshwar to Williams, SIX runs

another six. 28th of the evening. Slower length ball close to off stump, and Williams clears his front leg and launches a flat, straight hit beyond the long-on boundary

18.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Pierre, 1 run

full, close to off stump, swiped away to deep midwicket, all along the ground

18.3
Bhuvneshwar to Pierre, no run

bouncer over middle and leg. Looks to hook but misses, too late on the shot

18.2
Bhuvneshwar to Pierre, no run

slower length ball angling away from off stump. Hangs back and looks to cut, ends up bottom-edging it into the pitch, and it doesn't miss off stump by much

18.1
1
Bhuvneshwar to Williams, 1 run

dropped. Length ball angling in towards leg stump. Looks to make room and drive it back hard. Hits high on the bat and hangs in the air, to the left of Bhuvneshwar, who sticks a hand out but can't hold on

Akshay: "Middle of the leg stump? Isn't Walsh Jr. A left hander?" -- Indeed. Got all mixed-up.

end of over 185 runs
WI: 157/7CRR: 8.72 • RRR: 42.00 • Need 84 from 12b
Kesrick Williams2 (4)
Khary Pierre5 (7)
Washington Sundar1-0-5-0
Mohammed Shami4-0-25-2
17.6
1
Sundar to Williams, 1 run

flat length ball angling in towards off stump, no turn. Presses forward and blocks into the off side

17.6
1w
Sundar to Williams, 1 wide

fires in a quick one, well down leg. So far down that Williams doesn't attempt a shot

17.5
Sundar to Williams, no run

full, angling into the pads. Looks to flick and misses, and the ball rolls to short fine leg off the pad

17.4
1
Sundar to Pierre, 1 run

tossed up outside off, swept to deep square leg

17.3
1
Sundar to Williams, 1 run

full on off stump, clipped away through midwicket

Over the wicket to Williams.

17.2
1
Sundar to Pierre, 1 run

another slider, straighter line. Looks to sweep and is hit on the pad. Solitary appeal from the bowler - it seemed to be sliding down leg

17.1
Sundar to Pierre, no run

length ball, slides on towards off stump, tries to dab it to short third man and is beaten. Doesn't miss off stump by much

Here's Washington, finally. Round the wicket to the left-hander.

end of over 174 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 152/7CRR: 8.94 • RRR: 29.67 • Need 89 from 18b
Kesrick Williams0 (1)
Khary Pierre3 (4)
Mohammed Shami4-0-25-2
Deepak Chahar3-0-16-1
16.6
Shami to Williams, no run

nails a middle-stump yorker and Williams jams down quickly to dig it out towards short cover. Replay shows it was a low full-toss, but it was just as hard to keep out

Here's Kesrick Williams. Kohli is still off the field, though. They showed visuals of him a little while ago, getting some attention from the physio.

Best performances - batsmen
KL Rahul portrait
KL Rahul
91 runs (56)
9 fours
4 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
cover drive
27 runs
4 fours
1 six
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Rohit Sharma portrait
RG Sharma
71 runs (34)
6 fours
5 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
slog shot
16 runs
1 four
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Deepak Chahar portrait
DL Chahar
O
4
M
0
R
20
W
2
ECO
5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Mohammed Shami portrait
Mohammed Shami
O
4
M
0
R
25
W
2
ECO
6.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
TossWest Indies, elected to field first
SeriesWest Indies tour of India
Season2019/20
Player Of The Match
KL Rahul
KL Rahul
Player Of The Series
Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
Series resultIndia won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberT20 No. 1024
Match days11 December 2019 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
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Nandan
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Nitin Menon
TV Umpire
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Chettithody Shamshuddin
Reserve Umpire
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Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee
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David Boon