Kohli, Rahul, Rohit Sharma set up India’s series-clinching win

Brief scores: India 240/3 (KL Rahul 91, Rohit Sharma 71, Virat Kohli 70*; Kieron Pollard 1/33) beat West Indies 173/8 (Kieron Pollard 68, Shimron Hetmyer 41; Deepak Chahar 2/20, Mohammed Shami 2/25) by 67 runs

India vs West Indies 3rd T20 2019, key stats

  • Put in to bat after losing the toss, India defied the odds at the batting-friendly Wankhede Stadium to emerge victorious by 67 runs and seal the three-match T20 International series against the West Indies 2-1
  • India got off to a flying start, making their intentions clear, through the pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, who put on a 135-run partnership for the second wicket. Rohit made his 19th T20I half-century, a 34-ball 71 (6×4, 5×6), before being dismissed by Kesrick Williams
  • Rahul, who had been the ideal foil for Rohit’s aggressive strokeplay, held one end up after the dismissal of his opening partner before starting to put his foot down in the backend of the innings. Rahul got to his eighth T20I half-century off 29 balls and had looked to be on course for a third hundred in the format before falling for a 56-ball 91, caught behind off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell
  • India captain Virat Kohli scored his fastest T20I half-century (getting to the milestone off just 21 balls) that helped propel his team to 240 for three. He finished unbeaten on 70 off 29 balls, his 24th T20I half-century, with seven sixes and four fours
  • Chasing 241, West Indies was beset by the loss of three early wickets and never recovered from the early jolt to mount a challenge. Captain Kieron Pollard gave it a glimmer of hope with a fighting half-century, his fourth in the format, but even he perished amid the pressure of the steep asking rate. Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed him for a 39-ball 68
  • It was India’s 10th T20I victory overall against the West Indies and fifth in seven T20Is on home soil
  • Kohli, captaining India for the 30th time in T20I cricket, registered his 18th victory