Lendl Simmons' half-century helps West Indies break India's winning streak to set up decider in Mumbai
India had beaten West Indies in seven consecutive T20Is before this game but a 8-wicket victory in the 2nd T20I of the series helped the visitors break the streak.
India 170-7 (20 Overs; Shivam Dube54(30), Pant(wk)33(22); Hayden Walsh2/28, Kesrick Williams2/30)
West Indies 173-2 (18.3 Overs; Simmons67(45), Lewis40(35); Washington Sundar1/26; Jadeja1/22)
Result - West Indies won by 8 wickets
West Indies take it to a decider ??— ICC (@ICC) December 8, 2019
Lendl Simmons played the key role with the bat, smashing 67* off 45 balls. He just loves playing India in must-win games!#INDvWI ?? https://t.co/my4qd2mVoZ pic.twitter.com/GWcPxDftXj
West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first. The pitch in Trivandrum was not as flat as that in Hyderabad and the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul got off to a slowish start.
Shivam Dube was promoted at one drop and his maiden international fifty, played at a strike rate of 180, helped the team get some momentum.
However Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams and Hayden Walsh ensured that runs were difficult to come by for the Indian batsmen. With two wickets each by Williams and Walsh, West Indies were successful in restricting India to a below par 170-run total.
Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis then came out all guns blazing to add 73 runs for the first wicket. Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran played their part with some quick runs while Simmons remained unbeaten for a 45-ball 67 to see the team home comfortably by 8 wickets with 9 balls remaining.
Washington Sundar was the pick of the bowlers for India and dismissed Lewis while conceding runs at 6.50 rpo.
India - Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal
West Indies - Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Jason Holder, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams
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