Opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed 92 as India completed a six-wicket Twenty20 worldwide win on the last ball against West Indies on Sunday to sweep the three-match series. With this knock Dhawan announced his arrival to form, who was struggling to get big runs during the ODI series. "I don´t think wicket is going to change much", said India skipper Rohit Sharma. Pant, who reached his 50 in 30 balls became the second youngest Indian to score a T20I fifty at 21 years and 38 days. Pooran blasted four fours and as many sixes in his 25-ball unbeaten innings. Dhawan was dismissed on the penultimate ball when he holed out to long on from Fabian Allen's bowling.
But Allen, one of Windies' best fielders, was unable to gather the return with Pandey well short of his ground. "We didn't want to be complacent and wanted to come out and win", said Rohit Sharma, the India captain, after the win.
Dhawan put on a crucial 130-run third wicket stand with Rishabh Pant, who hit 58, to bring India close to their target of 182 before West Indies hit back in Chennai.
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India appeared to be cruising in the chase before Pant, against the run of play, tried a reverse sweep and was bowled by Keemo Paul in the 19th over, leaving India needing seven runs from 11 deliveries for victory. Chahal returned 2/28, while Sundar had 1/33. Especially in the IPL, these have happened a lot. According to former Indian opener, Sharma is the standout performer from both the series for the Indian team.
In such a scenario, the home side would look to test their reserve players like Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar and the uncapped Shahbaz Nadeem ahead of the challenging tour Down Under, later this month. As a team there is always scope for improvement. It is important to stick to your strengths, and a lot of these guys have not played much for India so a home series like this was the ideal opportunity to show their talent.
With India already taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20 series, bowlers Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav have been rested for the deadrubber.