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India defeat Windies to take unbeatable lead in T20 series

Rohit Sharma's record 4th T20 international century propelled India to a comprehensive 71 run win over the West Indies on Tuesday to seal their 3-match series with a match to go. Windies captain Carlos Brathwaite called right at the toss and decided to chase whatever total India was able to set. However, that plan backfired quickly as India's opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan took charge of the contest.

The two shared in a 123 run opening partnership before Dhawan went off the bowling of Fabian Allen for 43. Rohit’s landmark was the first for any batsman in T20 international and took India to 195-2.

 
In response, the Windies once again tinkered with their batting line-up and once again the adjustments failed to yield success with Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer adding just 7 runs before the right-hander was dismissed. 
Hetmyer was next to go for 15, followed by Darren Bravo 23 and Nicholas Pooran 4.

At that stage, the Windies were 52-4 and the challenge now was to avoid being dismissed inside 20 overs. That objective was achieved but barely, as a lower order fight from Keemo Paul who made 20 and Brathwaite 15 not out, took the Windies past 100 but 71 runs short of a series leveling win as their innings ended on 124-9, handing India an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series. The final game of the series will be played on Sunday morning Jamaica time.

 

 



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