A hard-fought T20I series between India and West Indies that had begun with a magnificent knock of 94 by Virat Kohli in the first game in Hyderabad ended with the Men in Blue notching up 240 runs while batting first in the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After Kieron Pollard won the toss and sent India in to bat first, it was pure carnage as the Indian openers piled on 135 in no time to set the ball rolling.
While Rohit Sharma ended with 71 runs, KL Rahul was the aggressor and was dismissed for 91. Virat Kohli played a fantastic knock of 70 as well, which helped India post a competitive total on the board.
The Windies, in reply, were already a man less as Evin Lewis had been stretchered out of the field after injuring his knee while attempting a dive in the first innings. The target needed the Windies batters to come out all guns blazing, and while there were a few handy knocks from Shimron Hetmyer and a captain’s knock of 68 from Pollard, the target proved too steep as India went on to win comfortably by 67 runs. They won the series 2-1, and started their preparations for Mission Australia T20 World Cup in style.
Virat Kohli was named the Man of the Series, while KL Rahul was the Player of the Match.
Here is how twitter reacted.
Inspite of losing their previous match, losing the toss and dew being a big factor, Team India played their A game in the series decider. They were positive with the team selection, batting and bowling. It was indeed a dominating performance. Congrats on the Series win. #INDvsWI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 11, 2019
Most Man of the Series awards in international cricket:
19 – Sachin Tendulkar
15 – VIRAT KOHLI*
14 – Jacques Kallis#INDvsWI
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) December 11, 2019
Kohli has just made the entire stadium go India….Indiaaa. Getting actively involved with the North and Sachin Tendulkar stands. He’s pointing at his jersey and asking the crowd to chant India..India.. #INDvsWI
— jigar mehta (@jigsactin) December 11, 2019
Indian T20 cricket came of age tonight. Batting first & getting 240. Must thank WI for that, India knew they had to get plenty.#INDvWI
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 11, 2019
Anyone know if there is something Virat Kohli can’t do on a cricket ground?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 11, 2019
India in 3-match bilateral T20I series deciders
Lost 1 (vs NZ, Hamilton, 2019)
* excludes those series that had abandoned games#INDvWI
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) December 11, 2019
is this the most a batsman has ever sledged a bowler? #INDvWI
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 11, 2019
— Rizzyy (@Reminderiz) December 8, 2019
— Alexis Nunes (@alexisenunes) December 11, 2019
— Surbhi (@imSurbhi06) December 11, 2019