West Indies win 5th T20, clinch series

Wednesday 16th August 2023 06:43 EDT

Indian batters again struggled on a slower track and the bowlers, barring Kuldeep Yadav, failed to check the West Indies batters. As a result, West Indies won the rain-affected fifth and final match of the T20I series by eight wickets to clinch the series 3-2.
Brendon King remained unbeaten on 85 off 55 balls to see his side through. Earlier, the inform Nicholos Pooran scored 47 off 35 balls and along with King added 107 runs for the second wicket.West Indies won with two overs to spare.
Within 24 hours of producing a batting master-class on a featherbed, the Indian batters, save Suryakumar Yadav’s scratchy yet effective 61 off 45 balls, posted a sub-par score of 165 for 9 after opting to bat on a used track that had become slower.
On a pitch where stroke-making wasn’t an easy proposition, Surya had to curb his flair a bit but still had enough firepower in his arsenal to hit four fours and three sixes during his knock. On same track where the Caribbean bowlers put Indian batters under tight leash, the bowling attack looked horribly out of depth barring Kuldeep Yadav (0/18), who delivered yet another steady performance. Pooran and King cleverly decided to play out Kuldeep’s spell and attacked others with disdain.
Once the West Indies got 60 in the powerplay, there was no looking back as they maintained the tempo with most of the Indian bowlers pitching it short giving Pooran ample time to tonk them in the arc between the long-on and cow corner.
However, it was the batting that became India’s undoing as they never got the desired momentum during the middle as well as end overs. Even Surya was a bit subdued by his own lofty standards because the slowness didn’t allow him to play his natural game.

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