'We wanted to be ruthless' - Rohit Sharma after 3-0 sweep

Lynette Rowe
November 14, 2018

An unbeaten 87-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Nicholas Pooran and Darren Bravo powered West Indies to 181/3 in the third and final Twenty20 worldwide at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.

"Great effort to cross the finish line", India's Rohit Sharma said. Pant, who reached his 50 in 30 balls became the second youngest Indian to score a T20I fifty at 21 years and 38 days.

That vastly improved showing with the bat proved to be in vain, but India made hard work of securing a 3-0 series win on Sunday.

The introduction of Yuzvendra Chahal (2-28) did the trick for India, the spinner removing Hope with his first ball and also dismissing Hetmyer.

Pooran played 25 balls and slammed four boundaries and as many sixes.

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But Allen, one of Windies' best fielders, was unable to gather the return with Pandey well short of his ground.

But the left-handed pair of Dhawan and Pant put the hosts' chase on track after they had lost two early wickets including their in-form skipper Rohit Sharma for four.

His 87-run unbeaten partnership in 43 balls with fellow southpaw Darren Bravo (43 not out off 37 balls) enabled the team to move from 94 for 3 to 181. Speaking about how such matches happen a lot in the Indian Premier League, the Indian captain said, "Games like these happen a lot".

For India, Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with 2/28 in his four overs. Especially in the IPL, these have happened a lot.

"For me, it just matters how team performs".

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who played a key role in India's series win over West Indies, leapfrogged 14 places to a career-high 23rd in the latest update of the ICC T20I rankings on Monday, 12 November. "We want to finish the home season with a victory", Sharma said as his team look ahead to their all-important tour of Australia later this month. "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 flawless opportunity to show their talent", Rohit explained.

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