India defeat West Indies by 17 runs in third T20 match to clinch series 3-0
Kolkata: India completed a 3-0 series victory against West Indies after Rohit Sharma and his brigade defeated the visitors by 17 runs in the final T20 match here on Sunday.
After scorting 184 runs for the loss of five wickets, the bowlers completed the task by restricting the Caribbeans to 167 runs for the loss of nine wickets.
Nicholas Pooran (61) tried to give India a tough time by playing the strong shots in his 47-ball knock but could not complete the task for his team.
He hammered eight boundaries and a six in his innings.
Rovman Powell (24) and Romario Shepherd (29) could not convert the start they got in the match.
Harshal Patel picked up three wickets while Deepak Chahar, Venkatesh Iyer and Shardul Thakur salped two wickets each for India.
Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav (65 off 31 balls) and Venkatesh Iyer's (unbeaten 35 off 19 balls) blitzkrieg helped India post 184/5 against West Indies in the inconsequential third and final T20I at the Eden Gardens here.
In a surprise move by India skipper Rohit Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan open the innings after West Indies put the hosts to bat first. Jason Holder struck early for the visitors as he dismissed Gaikwad (4), who got a leading edge and caught by third man Kyle Mayers following some juggle with the ball. Kishan took the revenge, firing three boundaries off Romario Shepherd. Shreyas Iyer also ensured the ball race to the rope.
Hayden Walsh ended the entertainment for the hosts as he got rid of Iyer for 25.
The right-hander sliced straight to Holder at long-off. Kishan followed Iyer back to the dug out as Roston Chase castled the wicketkeeper-batter for 34.
Suryakumar carried his momentum from the second game and whacked Walsh for a maximum.
The Indian again swung Walsh for a six, with this time over deep midwicket. Rohit's experiment at number four was cut short by Dominic Drakes.
The Indian skipper was cleaned up for 7, leaving India on 93/4 after 13.5 overs. Venkatesh joined Suryakumar and replicated his batting from the previous game. While Suryakumar got a maximum, Venkatesh hammered a couple of fours off Drakes.
The duo continued their quality strokeplay to pile misery on the West Indies attack, with both Drakes and Shepherd conceding 21 runs each in the final two overs.