Batting first, India made 191 for five in the match that started late due to rain after Arshdeep Singh’s three wickets for 12 runs bundled West Indies’ innings for 132 runs in 19.1 overs. Captain Rohit Sharma (33) and Suryakumar Yadav (24) made brisk starts for India, while Rishabh Pant contributed a top-scoring 44 runs in 31 balls in the middle overs to keep the run rate high.
Fort Lauderhill (Florida), August 7. Axar Patel’s all-round game as well as dominant performances in batting and bowling helped India take an unassailable 3-1 lead over West Indies by 59 runs in the fourth T20 International of the five-match series here on Saturday. Besides scoring an unbeaten 20 runs in eight balls with the help of two sixes and a four, his spin bowling took two wickets for 48 runs in four overs.
Batting first, India made 191 for five in the match that started late due to rain after Arshdeep Singh’s three wickets for 12 runs bundled West Indies’ innings for 132 runs in 19.1 overs. Captain Rohit Sharma (33) and Suryakumar Yadav (24) made brisk starts for India, while Rishabh Pant contributed a top-scoring 44 runs in 31 balls in the middle overs to keep the run rate high. Sanju Samson remained unbeaten on 30 off 23 balls.
Apart from Akshar and Arshdeep, Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi took two wickets each for India. Chasing the target, the West Indies team could never gain momentum. Avesh Khan got India off to a good start with the help of Brandon King (13) and Devon Thomas (one) in the opening overs. Captain Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell then made quick runs but could not make big plays. Pooran, who scored 24 runs in eight balls with the help of three sixes, was run out while Powell, who scored 24 runs in 16 balls, became Akshar’s second victim.
Between these two, Coward Myers fell victim to Axar Patel by scoring 14 runs. After half the team returned to the pavilion in the ninth over, West Indies waited for Jason Holder (13) and Shimron Hetmyer (19), but both disappointed once again. After they both returned to the pavilion, the Indian bowlers completed the formality of dismissing the tail batsmen. Earlier, Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav gave the team a great start with a 53-run partnership.
After hitting four boundaries in the first two overs, Rohit hit two sixes against Obed McCoy (2 for 66 runs) in the third over. Suryakumar also hit a six and a four in this over. The Indian team scored 25 runs from this over. Rohit hit another six in the fifth over against Aqeel Hossain (a wicket for 28 runs) to take the team’s score past 50, but the bowler ended his 16-ball innings by bowling him on the very next ball. He hit two fours and three sixes.
Like Rohit, Suryakumar also fell before hitting a six off Alzarri Joseph (2 for 29) in the sixth over. He hit one four and two sixes in his 14-ball innings. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant hit a four as soon as he stepped on the crease, taking India’s score to 65 for two after the powerplay. Deepak Hooda (21 off 19 balls) and Pant then ran intelligently to steal the runs and continued to hit boundaries in the middle.
The team completed a century of runs in the 11th over with Pant’s four off McCoy’s ball. Joseph made Hooda his second victim in the 12th over, breaking his 47-run partnership for the third wicket with Pant. Samson hit a four in the same over and then accelerated the run-rate by hitting a six against McCoy in the 15th over. Pant also hit a four in McCoy’s over but got out on the last ball.
India completed 150 runs in 16th over. But after Pant went to the pavilion, the run rate slowed down for some time. Samson and the team’s ‘finisher’ Dinesh Karthik (6 runs in nine balls) failed to pick up the pace. McCoy bowled Karthik in the 19th over, while Axar Patel hit two sixes in the same over. He took the team’s score past 190 by hitting a four on the last ball of the innings. Indian batsmen scored 66 runs from four overs by McCoy.
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