India sealed the 3-match T20I series against West Indies after winning in the 2nd T20I by 8 runs at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. West Indies had won the toss and opted to bowl first.
India clinches a series win against West Indies
India did not have the brightest of starts with the hosts losing Ishan Kishan early. But the pair of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli helped India revive with their 46-run stand before the latter found his touch as he scored his 30th half-century in the format.
However, the Windies spinners began to choke the run rate post the powerplay as the Men in Blue were seemingly striving and eventually lost Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav successively. Kohli too departed after his half-century as Roston Chase picked his third but the fiery 75-run stand between Rishabh Pant and Venkatesh Iyer helped India recover in superb fashion. They managed to stitch 88 runs in the last seven overs as they ended with 186/5 in 20 overs.
The Windies pair of Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell showed all their power-hitting shots at the Eden Gardens, to not just revive West Indies from the early blows but also threaten India to steal a challenging win. However, it was the duo of Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who held their nerve in the final three overs to clinch the series.
The two teams will face each other on Sunday, February 20 at the same venue.