Under skipper Virat Kohli’s guidance, young player Rishabh Pant finally played well as India easily beat West Indies by wickets in the third T20 International to complete a 3-0 wipe-out in Guyana on Tuesday.
On a slow pitch while chasing a target of 147, skipper Kohli finished the innings with perfection with 59 off 45 balls while Pant was brilliant during his unbeaten 65 off 42 balls. Only in 19.1 overs, the target was achieved.
Seamer Deepak Chahar must be given a lot of credit for bowling a magnificent opening spell and ending with fures of 3 for 4 in 3 overs which went a long way in restricting the West Indies to a manageable 146 for 6.
Having lost six consecutive games, the home team is in their worst streak in T20 Internationals. Kohli's 21st half-century in T20 Internationals consisted of six fours.
Later, Pant and Kohli came together at 27 for 2 and slowly built the innings during a stand that yielded 106 runs in 12.5 overs.
However, instilling a certain sense of awareness in the game in Rishabh Pant was Kohli's bigger achievement.
In his previous games, having lost his wicket due to impulsiveness, the muscular left-hander was tasteful in his shot selection this time. He was ready to play himself in on a track that was two paced and an outfield which was slow in company of skipper Kohli.
However the two did not threaten the Windies until their 50-run stand.
In the 13th over Pant finally gave the charge, getting his first six which was a flat hit over extra cover of Paul's bowling. He got the same result when he repeated the same shot off the same bowler.
When Pant flicked Sheldon Cottrell for a boundary is when he scored his second half-century in T20 Internationals.
Once he had reached his half-century, he got on one knee and hit Oshane Thomas for his third six. He also hit four boundaries. The fourth and final six from Pant got India the winning runs.
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