India were in a comfortable position for most part of the match but Windies made a superb comeback to take the match till the last ball.
The final match of the T20I series between India and West Indies was a dead rubber as the series was already in India’s captivity. However the scintillating performance put in by both the sides didn’t make it seem so at all. The match went till the last ball to give us a nail biting finish in favour of the Indians.
The Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma lost the toss and was forced to field first much to his disappointment. The Windies openers looked in good rhythm as they faced absolutely no problems in countering the bowling attack. They had already amassed 50 runs in the first 6 overs when the spinners weaved the magic with their fingers. However the batting friendly pitch prove to be a nightmare for the Indian bowlers as they gave away 181 runs after the completion of the full quota of 20 overs.
The start to the chasing of a mammoth target of 182 was not that clinical for the Indian team. The team lost its skipper, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in quick succession thereby building up pressure right from the start. This didn’t however perturb the Dhawan and Pant duo as they were all prepared to take up the challenge.
They fired boundaries in all the directions of the ground irrespective of the bowler and took India closer to yet another easy win. Tragedy happened towards the end when these two set batsmen were dismissed in quick succession to bring back the pressure on the new batsmen on the crease. However, as fate would have it, Manish Pandey held his nerve to take the team over the line in the last ball of the match.
Rohit was quite impressed with the performance of the team and expressed it in the post match presentation ceremony. He calmly accepted the fact that such games are quite a common occurrence now-a-days considering the increasing competitiveness amongst the teams, especially in the IPL.
He expressed his satisfaction over the fielding of the team and the ability of the youngsters to handle the pressure at crucial junctures of the match. The main objective before the match was not to take this match lightly just because the series was already in their favour but to come back even more strongly to end things off in style, he further added.
“Games like these happen a lot. Especially in the IPL, these have happened a lot. We wanted to be ruthless and not take a backseat. This kind of performance gives a lot of confidence. We didn’t want to be complacent and wanted to come out and win. As a team, there is always scope for improvement. We need to improve on handling pressure situations while bowling. 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 perfect opportunity to show their talent. I was also very impressed with the fielding efforts in this tournament by the team.”