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Twitter Reactions: Dhawan and Pant script resounding clean sweep for India

The hosts had to strain in order to chase down the stiff target.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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.

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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

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