Twitter Reactions: Dhawan and Pant script resounding clean sweep for India
The hosts had to strain in order to chase down the stiff target.
Updated - Nov 11, 2018 10:31 pm
The third T20I at M.A Chidambaram between India and Windies was indeed a dead rubber, but it was undoubtedly the most entertaining of the three encounters. Carlos Brathwaite and Co gave the hosts a run for their money. Nevertheless, the Men in Blue romped home to victory by six wickets. Moreover, they also managed to whitewash their opponent by emerging triumphant in the cliffhanger.
Pooran smashes it to all parts
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer scored 51 runs together to take their team off to a handsome start. Yuzvendra Chahal nipped out Hope in his very first ball to draw first blood. Hetmyer also perished to the tweaker in the ninth over. Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin injected some momentum into the innings with a breezy 32-run stand.
Washington Sundar removed Ramdin to pick up the third wicket. Thereafter, left-hander Nicholas Pooran threw the kitchen sink at everything and lifted the Windies to 181 in 20 overs. He scored 53 runs off 25 balls with the help of four boundaries and as many sixes. He took speedster Khaleel Ahmed apart in the in the final over. Bravo also played a matured hand of 43 runs in 37 balls.
India chase down the massive target
India’s run-chase didn’t start on an impressive note as Keemo Paul accounted for the wicket of Rohit Sharma in the third over. Nevertheless, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan kept playing their strokes. The latter churned out four glorious boundaries and fell prey to Oshane Thomas for 17 runs. At that point in time, the Men in Blue still required 137 runs from 88 deliveries to win the match.
Rishabh Pant and Dhawan didn’t panic and made sure that they don’t give their wickets away. Pant, who had a disappointing T20I career prior to the encounter, scored his maiden half-century and notched 58 from 38 balls. Dhawan also laid on to the bowlers to score 92 runs from 62 balls. In the end, the match went down to the very last over and India edged the Caribbean team off the last ball.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 11, 2018
Another series in the bag for Team India. Superb innings from Delhi boys Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant to take India to a comfortable victory at Chepauk. #INDvWI
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) November 11, 2018
Great effort by the West Indies to take it so close in the end but Rishabh and Shikhar really had a good time with some terrific hitting. Good to end the home season with a victory #IndvWI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 11, 2018
— Abhijeet (@TheYorkerBall) November 11, 2018
Thanks to the umpire for that Rishabh Pant wide 😉 #INDvWI
— Rakesh Nair (@rakeshnair90) November 11, 2018
Windies left it too late to depend on their only possible saviour in Sunriser Manish. Brathwaite should have known his part-time colleague much better.#INDvsWI
— Krishna 🏏✍️ (@Joker_Krishna) November 11, 2018
— Angry Tiger Talks (@AngryTigerTalks) November 11, 2018
West Indies r a good white ball team.#INDvWI
— chetan_k (@trust_my_lies) November 11, 2018
— Akram Pasha (@akramrockz055) November 11, 2018
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) November 11, 2018
Last ball wins for India in T20I run chases:
vs Aus, SCG, 2016 (Target: 198)
vs Ban, Colombo RPS, 2018 (167)
vs WI, Chennai, 2018 (182)#INDvWI
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) November 11, 2018
Have a funny feeling that Chennai wanted to see a Super Over. A lot of fans still had their hands on their head after India scored a single to win the game. It's like that film which has an epic build-up and second-half, but the climax lets everyone down. #INDvWI
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) November 11, 2018
— …🙇… (@CricFreak_rd) November 11, 2018
After matured half century, Childish shot could have cost a match. Better for Rishabh Pant to revisit his shot several times on TV replay #INDvWI
— sunil saxena (@saxenask352) November 11, 2018
Fantastic match, edge-of-seat climax, and more pertinently, clean sweep for India. Well done @ImRo45 & Co
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 11, 2018