Dhawan, Pant fifties power India

Tanya Simon
November 12, 2018

"We didn't want to be complacent and wanted to come out and win", Rohit said. It might have been enough, but Shikhar Dhawan hit 92 and Rishabh Pant 58 to lead India past the line in a thrilling finish.

Needing one run in one ball, Manish, who seemed out of sorts in the middle, somehow managed to steal a run to hand India a victory.

"I will take the effort and belief, especially taking it to the last ball after Shikhar and Rishabh's partnership". It was Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran who took the score of Windies past 180-mark with sensational innings. Windies showed discipline in bowling department with Keemo Paul picking two key wickets.

WICKET! A top edge as Yzvendra Chahal sees off Shai Hope for 24 courtesy a catch by Washington Sundar at deep square leg.

The hosts made a decision to rest a couple of their key players in Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav and roped in Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal in the playing eleven.

Earlier, West Indies made 181 runs in their 20 overs after Carlos Brathwaite won the toss and chose to bat first.

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The visitors are going ahead with the same playing eleven.

India beat the Windies off the last ball for a six-wicket win in the final Twenty20 worldwide - that gave them 2-0, 3-1 and 3-0 scorelines in the Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively.

The selectors made a decision to rest pacemen Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav for Sunday's game, allow them to be in the best physical condition ahead of the tour to Australia.

As the 102-year-old M.A. Chidambaram ground prepares to host its second T20 worldwide match, in six years, the focus will be on the bench strength of the competing sides.

After the clean sweep over the Windies, Rohit Sharma rued Dhoni's absence from the team, saying that the former captain not being part of any team was "a big miss".

After having notched up two centuries and a half-century in the ODIs against the Caribbean side, the Mumbai cricketer followed that up with his fourth ton in the shortest format during the previous game. West Indies had a good chance of ending the tour on a high after being humbled in the Test and ODI series.

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