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Kohli floors WI to secure T20I series

  • Published at 04:02 am December 12th, 2019
India’s Virat Kohli attempts to launch during their third T20I against the West Indies in Mumbai Wednesday AFP

Virat Kohli smashed seven sixes, two more than his deputy Rohit Sharma, while KL Rahul went over the boundary rope on four occasions

India captain Virat Kohli led a six-hitting fest against the West Indies during a blistering unbeaten knock of 70 off 29 balls, guiding his team to a 67-run series-clinching victory in the third and final T20I Wednesday.

Asked to set a target in the decider at Wankhede Stadium, the host batted the Caribbean side out of the contest with an imposing total of 240 for three from their 20 overs.

In reply, the twice world champion in the format finished on 173 for eight with captain Kieron Pollard top-scoring with 68 from 39, his innings studded with half a dozen sixes and five fours.

Hard-hitting West Indies opener Evin Lewis suffered soft tissue damage to his right knee while fielding and was unable to bat, dealing them a blow before their chase even started.

Once India's seamers reduced the tourist to 17 for three at the start of the fourth over, it was too much to ask even for the Caribbean power-hitters to turn the match around.

Shimron Hetmyer, who made 41 off 24, and Pollard added 74 for the fourth wicket to give the West Indies some hope before left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav dismissed the former.

Kuldeep also dismissed the dangerous Jason Holder while Pollard holed out at wide long on off seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar after an entertaining knock at the stadium, which is the home to his Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians.

Earlier, KL Rahul had top-scored with 91 from 56 balls and set the platform for India's massive score with an opening stand of 135 with Rohit Sharma, who made 71 from 34 deliveries.

Kohli smashed seven sixes, two more than his deputy Rohit, while Rahul went over the boundary rope on four occasions.

The dismissal of Rohit and Rishabh Pant, who fell without scoring, in quick succession brought a temporary lull in India's scoring rate before Rahul and Kohli went on the attack.

The duo added 95 for the third wicket and provided the late flourish before Rahul fell in the final over.

The sides will next play three ODIs, beginning with the first match in Chennai Sunday.