India vs Windies, 3rd T20I - India Player Ratings

India vs Windies, 3rd T20I – India Player Ratings

India beat Windies by 6 wickets in the Chennai T20I to complete a 3-0 series win.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant
Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Team India pulled off a nervy last-ball win to complete yet another series win at home. After having beaten the touring Windies side in the Tests and the ODIs, the Men in Blue inflicted a whitewash on the T20I World Champions. Leading 2-0 in the three-match series, the Rohit Sharma-led side entered the final game in Chennai as the favourites.

The odds were in India’s favourites, as they had been in top form. Also, the stats favoured India – the fact that they had never lost the third match of a bilateral T20I series. Furthermore, the luckless run of Windies team in the Asian subcontinent post the 2016 World T20 continued, as they slumped to their 9th consecutive defeat on Asian soil in T20Is.

Coming to the match, the visitors came up with a much-improved performance, posting 181/3 in their 20 overs. Nicholas Pooran showed some pyro-technique during his unbeaten 53 off 25 deliveries. In the run chase, Shikhar Dhawan mastered the chase with his crafty 92. But things fell apart in the final over as Fabian Allen almost defended 5. Needing 1 off the final ball, the Windies fielders fumbled to give Manish Pandey a single as India registered a 6-wicket win.

Here are the India Player Ratings for the match:

Rohit Sharma – 2/10

Rohit was the star performer for the Indian side in the previous game. He failed to back it up with another good show in the last home game of the season. The Indian skipper perished to a slower ball bowled by Keemo Paul early in the run chase and did not have a major impact on the game today.

Shikhar Dhawan – 9.5/10

Having won the series, the Indian team management had every thought of giving someone like Shreyas Iyer a game in the series. And had the team gone ahead with this call, the one to miss out would have been Shikhar Dhawan. Despite getting starts this series, Dhawan largely failed to get a big score. He got yet another opportunity in this game and he made the most out of it.

The veteran southpaw showed great grit to anchor the Indian run chase to perfection. He scored 92 off just 62 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes. He perished in the final over of the chase and was unfortunate not to see India through with an unbeaten hand.

KL Rahul – 2/10

KL Rahul had yet another failure in the series and his string of low scores continued. He had an ideal stage set for himself in the game. But the Karnataka lad fell to the extra pace of Oshane Thomas, edging one after scoring 17 off 10 balls with 4 boundaries to his name.

Rishabh Pant – 8/10

After being accused of recklessly throwing his wicket away in the first two T20Is, Rishabh Pant was under some pressure to perform in Chennai. The youngster came real good on the day and hit his maiden T20I fifty. Having come in at number 4, Pant scored his fifty off just 30 deliveries. He was unfortunate to have been dismissed in the dying overs of the match. He scored 58 off 38 balls with 5 fours and three sixes to his name.

Manish Pandey – 5/10

The services of Manish Pandey were not largely needed with the bat on the day. He had the final over to negotiate with Rishabh Pant perishing in the penultimate over. He remained unbeaten and scored the all-important nervy single off the final ball of the match to see India home  in the run chase.

Dinesh Karthik – Not Assigned

Much like Pandey, Dinesh Karthik’s services with the bat were not largely need in the match either. With the keeping gloves on, Karthik had yet another decent outing on the field.

Krunal Pandya – 2/10

Krunal had a tough day at the office. Having had two good outings in his first two international matches, the senior Pandya faced some heat at the highest level today. He was taken away for 40 runs in the four overs that he bowled on the day. He went wicketless.

Washington Sundar – 6/10

Young Washington Sundar got a game as Kuldeep Yadav was released from the squad. Sundar opened the India bowling with the new cherry. He did not strike first up and gave away 19 runs in his first two overs. He came back good later to eventually finish with 1/33 to his name.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 2/10

With no Jasprit Bumrah in the side, the onus was on Bhuvneshwar to lead the Indian bowling pack. The veteran pacer, who had bowled an exceptional spell in the previous game, had a rough time bowling on the Chennai deck. He conceded 39 runs in four overs and failed to get his name in the wickets column in the match.

Yuzvendra Chahal – 8/10

Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers in the match. The leggie returned with figures of 2/28 in the four overs that he bowled. He provided the first breakthrough for team India when he dismissed Shai Hope to end the 51-run opening stand in the 7th over. An over later, he accounted for the dismissal of Shimron Hetmyer as well.

Khaleel Ahmed – 2/10

In the absence of Bumrah, young Khaleel Ahmed was expected to step up and take more responsibility in the game. Khaleel took the new ball in the match but looked considerably ineffective. He failed to contribute with the wickets in his second spell either. In the four overs that he bowled, he conceded 37 runs, with no wickets to his name.

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