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West Indies Clinch T20I Series Against India 3-2

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West Indies Clinch T20I Series Against India 3-2

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Brandon King’s impressive unbeaten score of 85 guided the West Indies to a decisive eight-wicket win over India on Sunday, clinching a 3-2 victory in their T20I series. Needing to chase down 166 for victory in the crucial fifth match held in Lauderhill, Florida, the West Indies achieved their goal with two overs remaining, with Nicholas Pooran contributing 47 runs in a partnership worth 107 runs alongside King.

This victory carries significant importance for West Indies cricket, providing a boost in morale, especially as their one-day team faced a setback last month by failing to qualify for the World Cup, marking an unprecedented event in their history.

Brandon King achieved his personal best T20 international score by scoring 85 runs from 55 balls, which included six powerful sixes and five well-timed fours. He displayed incredible discipline and concentration even when the game was temporarily halted due to a lightning warning.

Shai Hope played a crucial role in stabilizing the situation after Nicholas Pooran was dismissed by Tilak Varma, who took his first wicket in international cricket with just his second ball. Hope sealed the victory for the team by confidently hitting a straight six off Yashasvi Jaiswal.


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Suryakumar Yadav made a notable contribution of 61 runs for India, resulting in a total score of 165 for nine. On the other hand, Romario Shepherd took four wickets for 31 runs in his four overs. This marked a significant improvement in West Indies’ bowling performance compared to their previous comprehensive loss on Saturday, which had brought the five-match series to a tied score of 2-2.

West Indies opted for two changes in their lineup, introducing off-spinner Roston Chase and pace bowler Alzarri Joseph in place of Odean Smith and Obed McCoy. This adjustment seemed to enhance the team’s balance and overall performance, leading to a more favorable outcome.

The opening duo of Jaiswal and Shubman Gill, who had previously secured a decisive 165-run partnership for the team in the previous match, were both dismissed early in the innings by the left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein.

Tilak Varma displayed a threatening performance before being dismissed for 27 runs off 18 balls, caught and bowled by Chase. However, Yadav’s innings provided a glimmer of hope for India’s prospects. India was able to disrupt the partnership following one of the several weather interruptions, thanks to the part-time spin of Tilak.

However, this breakthrough came rather late for the visiting team, as they had limited runs to defend afterward. King, in combination with Shai Hope, then skillfully concluded the chase, ensuring a smooth accomplishment of the task without any hiccups. Medium pacer Shepherd managed to handle the lower middle order, thereby setting up West Indies with a target of 166 runs to secure the series victory.

Having initially held a 2-0 lead in the series, the West Indies saw India mount a comeback, leading to the crucial match on Sunday. Captain Hardik Pandya noted that they still have ample time to fine-tune their approach before the T20 World Cup scheduled for next June in the Caribbean and the United States.


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