Shreyas Iyer returned to form with a stroke-packed 64 as the spinners picked up all 10 wickets as India recorded another one-sided 88-run victory over West Indies to cap the five-match T20 International series with a complete 4 -1 margin here.
It was Iyer’s half-century and helpful contributions from Deepak Hooda (38 from 25 balls) and skipper Hardik Pandya’s cameo (28 from 16 balls) that propelled India to 188 for 7 overs from 20 after to have been put to the stick.
Then Pandya handed the new ball over to Axar Patel (3-1-15-3), who quickly retired makeshift opener Jason Holder (0), Shamarah Brooks (13) and Devon Thomas (10) with three balls of arms on a track where balls stopped and grabbed on the surface.
West Indies were all out for 100 runs in 16 overs as one of the most lopsided two-way T20I series ended, although India won’t complain about ticking most of the boxes. Once Kuldeep Yadav (4-1-12-3) surprised rival skipper Nicholas Pooran (3) in the lead with an airborne delivery, there was no way West Indies could have made a comeback on a track which was not easy. for the stick.
It started to slow down over time and despite resistance from Shimron Hetmyer (56 from 35 balls) it was never going to be enough as the Caribbean batting roster could never afford to keep up with the quality of Indian spinners .
Ravi Bishnoi (2.4-0-16-4) also got in on the act and broke his share of wickets as India’s rotation troika varied their lengths and pace with ease to keep the Windies’ batters on hot coals.
But the day belonged to Iyer, who managed to release the pressure on him with a searing blow as the Indian side, even without their regular top, scored above par on a slow lane.
Alternate skipper Hardik Pandya played a nice little appearance to bolster the scoring at the end with 18 points after the penultimate knocked down by Jason Holder. Due to lightning near the stadium, the match was halted for 15 minutes after 14.3 overs, as India were well placed at 135 for three.
After failing in the first three games and giving up the fourth, Iyer not only played admirably in an unfamiliar position as an opener, but he also won his little “battle within the battle” with Deepak Hooda, who was equally impressive during his time at the fold. .
The Iyer-Hooda pair added 76 runs in just 7.1 overs and their partnership was nothing short of stunning with as many as four sixes (two each) touchdowns between them except for a flurry of fours.
The legs played a day before the Asian Cup squad selection will certainly leave Iyer in a much better mental space, although he will certainly miss out on the top spot in the XI when all the ‘big boys’ show up. .
The bulk of his eight fours and two sixes were all gently timed shots.
Ishan Kishan (11 from 13 balls) failed to make it count and opportunities will be scarce over the next two months for the pint-sized dasher from Jharkhand.
Iyer got the start against Dominic Drakes with some limitations while Hooda played a nice little ramp shot on Keemo Paul keeper.
It was the eighth most played by Odean Smith where Iyer launched into the bowler with straight sixes – a slash over the point and a lob drive to extra coverage.
On Hayden Walsh’s first delivery, the very next Hooda hit a scenic upside-down six on extra coverage.
However, shooting from the Indian innings was Hooda’s smooth ride over Obed McCoy’s head for maximum.
In fact the Baroda man would be a bit disappointed as he showed good intention trying to drop a half Walsh tracker into cow corner pits but it was the string winds blowing from the opposite direction that caused his downfall.
Iyer left shortly after trying to slip a low, wide throw from Jason Holder, but was ultimately only able to deliver a simple catch back.
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