Virat Kohli and Kieron Pollard pose with trophy. Photo: PTI
K L Rahul was determined, Rohit Sharma elegance personified and Virat Kohli at his brutal best in India's series-winning 67-run victory over the Windies cricket team in the third T20 International at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Wednesday. The 'Maximum City' witnessed the maximum entertainment as the trinity of Rahul (91 off 56 balls), Rohit (71 off 34 balls) and captain Kohli (70 not out off 29 balls) contributed in a total of 240 for 3 which completely took factors like, dew, flat track out of equation.
An asking rate of 12 from the start would be Herculean for any team and West Indies in the end managed only 173 for 8 with Mohammed Shami (2/25 in 4 overs) enjoying a good outing in his first game of the series. With a cushion of runs on the board, Deepak Chahar (2/20 in 4 overs) was also steady while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/41 in 4 overs) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/45) also got wickets even though they were a bit expensive. West Indies cricket team were never in contention and 'local man' Keiron Pollard's (68 off 39 balls) five sixes in familiar surroundings was nothing more than consolation for the visitors.
While this is only a bilateral series but the manner of victory taking into context West Indies as a T20 opposition and the swagger with which the hosts defended a total will only help them gain confidence.
There were 16 sixes that lit up the Mumbai skyline with Rohit hitting five, Rahul four and surprising everyone, 'boundary man' Kohli had seven of them in all.
India needed a good start but Rohit and Rahul made it a brilliant one as they conjured 135 runs in 11.4 overs.
The true nature of the pitch with no lateral movement only made it easier as the batsmen could hit through the line. Rohit in particular pulled with disdain and also got one one knee to hit the slog sweep into the cow corner.
Rahul was more classical in his approach with shots square off the wicket, using the pace of the spinners' deliveries to play it as late as possible.
But the man who made the difference between a good and winning score undoubtedly was skipper Kohli, who again looked charged up, enjoying his battle with Kesrick Williams.
After Rishabh Pant's duck stuck out like a sore thumb, Kohli took it upon himself during the 95-run stand with Rahul as he demonised the bowlers. There was another flicked six off Kesrick Williams, whom he intimidated after playing each shot.
Jason Holder was taken for 54 runs in his 4 overs and the fifth bowling combination of left-arm spinner Khary Pierre (0/35 in 2 overs) and Pollard (0/33 in 2 overs) gave away 68 in their four.
In fact, any hopes of a competitive game was over when Kohli smashed 27 off Pollard in the 19th over of the innings as it included three sixes and a four. A over before that, 17 were taken off Williams.
West Indies started their chase with a handicap as Evin Lewis was ruled out after sustaining an on-field knee injury. The only time there was some fight between bat and ball was when Pollard and Shimron Hetmyer (41 of 24 balls) added 74 runs in 6.2 overs.
Here are the playing 11s of both teams
India playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar,
West Indies playing 11: Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard (C), Nicolas Pooran (wk), Jason Holder, Khary Pierre, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Read More
Over 20; Kohli's 29 ball cameo help India post 240-3
Over Summary: 1L 0 1 W 0 Wd 6 ; India: 240-3
Sheldon Cottrell [3.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack
Ball 6: A slow over pitch delivery and Kohli hits straight down the ground for SIX.
Ball 6: WIDE
Ball 5: DOT
Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Ball 4: A short delivery and Rahul goes for pull shot gets an top edge, Pooran completes the catch, Rahul departs for 91. Rahul c Pooran b Cottrell 91(56) [4s-9 6s-4]
Ball 3: A single for Kohli towards deep mid-wicket
Ball 2: A bumper and Kohli goes for a pull follows by loud appeal, umpire gives OUT, Kohli reviews immediately. Day light between bat and ball. Decision reversed.
Ball 1: One leg byes for India as Rahul tries to paddle sweep Cottrell. misses
Over 19; Pollard concedes 27 runs
Over Summary: 6 6 2Nb 4 1 1 6 ; India: 231-2
Kieron Pollard [1.0-0-6-1] is back into the attack
Ball 6: Kohli moves outside off and hits the good length delivery towards deep mid-wicker for SIX.
Ball 5: Rahul hits straight down the ground for a sinle.
Ball 4: A single for Kohli
Ball 3: FREE HIT, A ball outside off and Kohli plays his standard extended cover drive and Hetmyer fails to field an easy ball, FOUR.
Ball 3: Kohli wallopes straight down the ground for a couple of runs and third umpire rules it a NO BALL.
Ball 2: Kohli times over pitch delivery with brilliant wrist work wide of deep mid-wicket for SIX
Ball 1: Kohli smashes the length delivery towards long-on for SIX
Over 18; India goes past 200-run mark
Over Summary: 1L 6 1 6 1 2 ; India: 204-2
Kesrick Williams continues
Ball 6: A couple of runs for Rahul towards extra cover
Ball 5: Kohli gudies towards short third man for a single
Ball 4: An over pitch delivery and Kohli wallopes with great wrist strength over long-on for GIGANTIC SIX.
Ball 3: Rahul works towards long-on for a single.
Ball 2: A slow delivery and Rahul stays on backfoot and clobbed it straight down the ground for SIX
Ball 1: One leg byes for India
Over 17; CRR: 11
Over Summary: 1 0 1 4 1 4 ; India: 187-2
Sheldon Cottrell [2.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack
Ball 6: Rahul smashes straight down the ground for FOUR.
Ball 5: Kohli smashes without any timing towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
Ball 4: Kohli gets an top edge off the slow delivery and he tries to hit ball on leg side. Ball goes over the keeper for FOUR
Ball 3: Rahul pushes towards long-off for a single.
Ball 2: DOT
Ball 1: A single for Kohli towards short fine leg.
Over 16; CRR: 11
Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 1 1 ; India: 176-2
Kesrick Williams [2.0-0-18-1] is back into the attack
Ball 6: Kohli collects a single towards deep extra cover.
Ball 5: A low full toss on stumps and Rahul clips towards short fine leg for a single.
Ball 4: An off cutter outside off, Rahul gets an bottom edge to keeper.
Ball 3: A single for Kohli towards cover.
Ball 2: DOT
Ball 1: DOT
Over 15; CRR: 11.53
Over Summary: 6 1 4 6 4 1 ; India: 173-2
Jason Holder [3.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack
Ball 6: A single for Kohli
Ball 5: A length delivery and Kohli plays a short arm jab towards cow corner for FOUR.
Ball 4: A juicy full toss on leg side and Kohli clobbed it over deep fine leg for SIX.
Ball 3: Kohli flicks with strong wrist towards deep square leg for a single.
Ball 2: Rahul nudges towards off side and reluctant to take a single but Kohli at his end but Holder misses the direct hit a single taken.
Ball 1: Rahul makes room outside off and plays an extended cover drive for SIX
Over 14; CRR: 10.79
Over Summary: 1 1B 0 1 0 6 ; India: 151-2
Hayden Walsh [3.0-0-30-0] is back into the attack
Ball 6: Kohli clears his front and goes down on the knees as he plays a slog sweep over long-on for SIX.
Ball 5: DOT
Ball 4: Rahul tries to smash over long-off but fails to get the elevation and ball lands in front of long-on for only a single.
Ball 3: Rahul cuts towards backward point region for no run.
Ball 2: One byes for India
Ball 1: A single for Rahul
Over 13; Pant departs on DUCK
Over Summary: Wd 1 W 1 1 1 1 ; India: 142-2
Kieron Pollard, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Ball 6: Rahul nudges towars point region for an easy single.
Ball 5: Kohli hits towards left of sweeper cover for a single.
Ball 4: A single for Rahul towards mid-wicket
Ball 3: Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease and steers dowb the third man
Ball 2: A ball outside off and Pant goes flat for a biggie but finds Jason Holder at long-off, GONE. So, can we call it another disappointmet from Pant and this time on duck. Pant c Holder b Pollard 0(2)
Ball 1: A single for Rahul towards long-on
Ball 1: WIDE down the leg side
Over 12; Williams gets Rohit at 71
Over Summary: 1 1 1 W 1 0 ; India: 136-1
Kesrick Williams [1.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Ball 6: A yorkish length outside off and Pant fails to make a connection
Ball 5: Rahul drives towards deep extra cover for a single.
Rishabh Pant, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Ball 4: Rohit goes for a biggie but manages only an top edge, Hayden Walsh makes not mistake as he takes the skier. Williams provides he much-needed breakthrough to Kieron Pollard. Rohit c Hayden Walsh b Kesrick Williams 71(34) [4s-6 6s-5]
Ball 3: Rahul hits the slow delivery towards cover region for a single.
Ball 2: Rohit towards long-off for a single.
Ball 1: rahul hits square of the wicket for a single.
Over 11; CRR: 12
Over Summary: 6 0 1 4 4 1 ; India: 132-0
Hayden Walsh continues
Ball 6: Rahul pushes towards long-on for a single
Ball 5: Rahul hits the juicy full toss towards cow corner for FOUR.
Ball 4: Rahul carves towards deep point for FOUR
Ball 3: A single for Rohit
Ball 2: DOT
Ball 1: A half tracker and Rohit smashes towards deep square leg for SIX.
Over 10; Rahul hits fifty
Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 4 Wd 1 ; India: 116-0
Jason Holder [2.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack
Ball 6: A full toss and Rohit works towards deep mid wicket for a single.
Ball 6: A slow delivery, goes down the leg side for WIDE.
Ball 5: Rohit goes for a big but manages only an outside through vacant slip cordon and ball races down to boundary for FOUR.
Ball 4: Rahul pushes towards long-on for a single.
Ball 3: Rahul hits the ball on the leg side straight to short fine leg for no run.
Ball 2: Rohit squeezes the yorker towards deep square leg for a single.
Ball 1: Rahul nudges towards mid-wicket for a single and completes his FIFTY
Over Summary: 0 1 1 1 1 1 ; India: 107-0
Hayden Walsh continues
Ball 6: Rahul cuts towards deep backward point for a single
Ball 5: Rohit slogs towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
Ball 4: A single for Rahul towards cover region
Ball 3: Rohit smashes towards long-off for a single.
Ball 2: Rahul cuts towards deep point for a single.
Ball 1: DOT
Over 8; Rohit hits back to back sixes to complete his FIFTY
Over Summary: 1 Wd 2 1 6 6 4 ; India: 102-0
Khary Pierre [1.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Ball 6: A juicy full toss outside off and Rohit hits towards point region for FOUR
Ball 5: Rohit Sharma smashes straight down the ground for SIX and completes his FIFTY.
Ball 4: Rohit goes down on the knees, clears his front foot and belted towards deep mid-wicket for SOX
Ball 3: Rahul paddles towards short fine leg for a single.
Ball 2: Rahul collects a couple of runs towards square of the wicket on off side.
Ball 2: WIDE down the leg side
Ball 1: Rohit works towards deep square leg for a single.
Over Summary: 2 1 0 4 1 1 ; India: 81-0
Hayden Walsh, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Ball 6: Rohit hits towards sweeper cover for a single.
Ball 5: Rahul pushes towards long-on for a single.
Ball 4: Rahul plays a death touch through vacant slip cordon for FOUR.
Ball 3: DOT
Ball 2: A single for Rohit
Ball 1: Rohit collects a couple of runs off juicy full toss towards deep mid-wicket region.
Over 6; India score 72 runs in powerplay
Over Summary: 4 6 4 0 0 0 ; India: 72-0
Kesrick Williams, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Ball 6: Rahul gets a bottom edge to keeper for no run.
Ball 5: Rahul gets an inside edge to short mid-wicket for no run.
Ball 4: Rahul drives towards cover for no run.
Ball 3: Rahul plays a classic cover drive towards deep extra cover for FOUR.
Ball 2: Rahul cuts the ball outside off over short third man for SIX. Indian openers toying with West Indian bowlers
Ball 1: Rahul drives through short extra cover for FOUR. SUBLIME TOUCH from stylish Rahul
Over 5; CRR: 11.6
Over Summary: 6 2 4 1 1 0 ; India: 58-0
Khary Pierre, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Ball 6: Rohit cuts towards backward point for no run.
Ball 5: Rahul pushes towards long-off for an easy single.
Ball 4: Rohit hits towards long-off for a single
Ball 3: Width outside off and Rohit cuts between backward point and short third man for FOUR
Ball 2: Rohit Sharma goes for another biggie but Evin Lewis makes a SUPERMAN effort to nearly complete the catch but can't stop him failing inside the boundary line. However saves a crucial boundary and nearly get Sharma runout. Two runs taken
Ball 1: Rohit smashes straight down the ground for SIX.
Over 4; Rahul, Rohit hitting big
Over Summary: 2 0 2 0 4 6 ; India: 44-0
Ball 6: A short and wide delivery and Rahul cuts it towards third man boundary for SIX
Ball 5: Rahul flicks with an intent towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR
Ball 4: DOT
Ball 3: A couple of runs for Rahul
Ball 2: DOT
Ball 1: Rahul collects two runs thanks to sloppy fielding for West Indians.
Over 3; Cottrell concedes 16 runs
Over Summary: 6 4 1 1 0 4 ; India: 30-0
Sheldon Cottrell continues
Ball 6: Rohit guides through short third man for FOUR
Ball 5: Rohit drives towards short extra cover for no run.
Ball 4: Rahul works towards deep square leg for a single.
Ball 3: Rohit clips towards deep fine leg for a single.
Ball 2: Rohit pushes through mid-off and times is brilliantly as ball goes for FOUR.
Ball 1: Rohit picks the line early, lofts over mid-on for SIX as ball lands on boundary rope
Over 2, Rahul struggling
Over Summary: 0 1 4 4 0 0 ; India: 14-0
Jason Holder, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Ball 6: A JAFFA to end the over as Rahul doesn't have any\ answe
Ball 5: An extra bounce beats Rahul outside off
Ball 4: Rahul edges again through first slip for FOUR
Ball 3: Rahul edges through slip region for FOUR
Ball 2: Rohit hits towards deep backward square leg for a single.
Over Summary: 0 4 0 0 1 0 ; India: 5-0
Rohit Sharma and K L Rahul are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Cottrell opens the attack
Ball 6: Rahul guides towards short third man for no run.
Ball 5: A yorkish length delivery and Rohit digs towards deep square leg for a single
Ball 4: Rohit gets an inside edge onto the pads for no run
Ball 3: Rohit works towards backward square leg for no run.
Ball 2: A lot of width for Rohit to swing his bat, hits through the line over extra cover for FOUR
Ball 1: Rohit dabs the inswinging deleivery towards short mid-wicket for no run.
India playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami
West Indies playing 11: No change from 2nd T20
WI playing 11: Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard (C), Nicolas Pooran (wk), Jason Holder, Khary Pierre, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh
TOSS ALERT: West Indies win toss and elect to bowl first
India captain Virat Kohli flips the coin and West Indian skipper Kieron Pollard calls tails and it is tails. West Indies win the toss and elect to bowl first.
Scoring patterns at Wankhede Stadium
Average 1st innings score: 187
Average 2nd innings score: 183
Highest Total: 230/8 (19.4 Overs) by England vs South Africa
Lowest Total: 172/10 (20 Overs) by Afghanistan vs South Africa
Highest Chased: 230/8 (19.4 Overs) by England vs South Africa
"This is a pitch where the ball comes on to the bat nicely. There is a bit of movement initially due to the sprinkling of grass. It's a bit damp and new ball might move a bit but it's a white ball, so there won't be too much movement and due will play its part in the second innings." reckons Sunil Gavaskar.
India playing 11 alert
According to media reports, Mohammed Shami set to play the third T20 International as he was seen marking his run rup.
India cricketers Kuldeep Yadav, left, and Mohammed Shami, warm up at a training session
India vs West Indies head-to-head stats
Total T20 International matches played: 16
India won: 9
West Indies won: 6
No Result: 1
T20 World Cup not immediate concern, need to focus on winning games: Rohit
India batsman Rohit Sharma said they are not thinking too much about building the squad for the ICC T20 World Cup and want to focus on the present.
"It (World Cup) is still a long, long way ahead and we just need to focus on winning series. If we will keep winning games and keep doing the right things on the field, the composition of the team will take care of itself," Sharma said in the pre-match press conference.
The premier tournament is scheduled to commence from October next year in Australia.
Sharma stressed that if they will focus on the present that will help them more than anything.
"I think if we focus on the present that will help us more than anything else and I think right now that is our focus to win games and try to stay in present and see what are the mistakes we are making. So that when we come out and play every fresh game, we look like a different side," he said.
India won the first T20I by six wickets but suffered an eight-wicket defeat in the second T20I against West Indies.
Rohit Sharma. Photo: Reuters
Pollard has transformed West Indies' white-ball cricket: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma has seen a capable leader in Kieron Pollard from close quarters and believes that his longtime Mumbai Indians teammate has been responsible for a transformed Windies cricket team in white ball format.
Rohit, who played with Pollard for several years at MI, termed the West Indies cricket team captain as a "smart thinker of the game".
"I know Pollard really well and he has a great knowledge about the game. I know as a leader what he would be expecting from the team. Under his leadership, it is a different team that we are seeing now, so yes, we have to be at our best when we play them," said Rohit on the eve of the third T20I on Wednesday. Read full article here
Hayden Walsh credits Caribbean Premier League for his progress
"Yeah, it has been like a roller-coaster ride for me. As you can see, I have been working hard trying to find my way to the top into international cricket. Just to be here and perform in a game is just. I am over the moon," he added. Menawhile, the leg-spinner also credited his consistent show in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as one of the other reasons behind his progress. "I did well in the Caribbean Premier League and it obviously caught the selectors' eye. I bowled a lot in the nets and it helped me here," Walsh opined.
Bowling to Lewis, Pooran helped me improve: Hayden Walsh
West Indies leg-spinner Hayden Walsh has reminded everyone that he is not the son for former bowling great Courtney Walsh. And after an impactful show in the second T20I of the three-match series against hosts India, Hayden also reckoned he would now create an identity of his own and felt bowling to his teammates Evin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran in the nets has helped him improve.
"People, my father is not Courtney Walsh," Hayden said after the match on Sunday.
"I was playing in the Canada T20 league and someone called me Courtney Walsh (laughs). So yeah...People my father is not Courtney Walsh. But I guess now they will now find out who I am and who is my father," Walsh, scalped two wickets of Shivam Dube and Shreyas Iyer, said.
A time when Dube was on fire against the visitors, it was Hayden who applied brakes on his innings, handing his side a much needed breakthrough. He said bowling to Lewis and Pooran helped him improve.
"I was bowling a lot to Evin (Lewis) and Nicholas (Pooran) in the nets. I was a bit confident coming in to bowl to him (Dube)," Hayden expressed.
Rohit Sharma need to come good at the top
Opener Rohit Sharma, who had a rare-twin failure, would be raring to go before his home crowd.
K L Rahul and skipper Kohli are also among the runs. Shivam Dube, who slammed his maiden T20 fifty, showed he can hit towering sixes and he would want to perform before his home crowd and so Shreyas Iyer.
Can Sanju Samson find a place in India playing 11?
For Pant also things are only getting tougher. The focus on him has been unrelenting and it won't be easy for him to regain the early form that made him seem like MS Dhoni's heir apparent.
Coming in at No.4, Pant made scores of 33 not out, 18, 6, 27, 19, 4 in the last seven T20s that he featured in.
His last T20 fifty came against West Indies national cricket team in August, in Providence. With the likes of Sanju Samson waiting in the wings, Pant will have to come good sooner than later.
Kuldeep may replace Washignton Sundar in India playing 11
Kuldeep last played a T20 against New Zealand in Hamilton back in February. He warmed the benches in the first two games.
Can Washignton Sundar retain his place in India playing 11?
As for Sundar, it would be interesting to see whether the team management persists with him or gives chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav a game. Sundar has taken only three wickets in the last five T20s that he has played (two against West Indies and three against Bangladesh) and leaked 144 runs in 23 overs that he bowled.
He also ended up wicket-less in the two T20 Internationals against South Africa.
Sundar's fielding is another aspect about which skipper Virat Kohli would be worried. In the last game, he dropped a sitter of Lendl Simmons, whose 45-ball 67 laidthe foundation of the West Indies' eight-wicket triumph.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Preview
India national cricket team will have to address the many inadequacies laid bare by a resolute Windies cricket team in the second T20 International when the two teams made up of power-hitters square off in what promises to be an enthralling series-finale at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Wednesday.
The rubber is locked 1-1 after two-time world champions West Indies cricket team turned on the style in the second T20 International in Thiruvananthapuram following a Virat Kohli special in the lung-opener in Hyderabad. READ FULL STORY HERE