Surya Shine and India Beat West Indies by 7 Wickets in The 3rd T20I and Keep The Series Alive.

Surya Shine and India Beat West Indies by 7 Wickets in The 3rd T20I and Keep The Series Alive in Providence Stadium Guyana.

Surya Shine and India Beat West Indies by 7 Wickets in The 3rd T20I and Keep The Series Alive. Tilak Varma and Kuldeep Yadav are The other Heroes of the match.

Surya Shine and India Beat West Indies by 7 Wickets in The 3rd T20I and Keep The Series Alive.
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Key Highlights: [ 1 ] Surya/ Surya Kumar Yadav Shine and India Beat West Indies by 7 Wickets in The 3rd T20I.

     [ 2 ] India was trailing by 0-2 in the five-match series before this match but now its 1-2.

     [ 3 ] West Indies won the toss and decided to bat first.

     [ 4 ] Kuldeep replaced Bishnoi.

     [ 5 ] Yashasvi Jaiswal made his debut. He replaced Ishan Kishan.

     [ 6 ] Kuldeep Yadav took 28/3 major wickets of Johnson Charles, Pooran and Brandon King.

     [ 7 ] Kuldeep Yadav became The Fastest Indian to 50 Wickets in T20 Cricket.

     [ 8 ] Brandon King [ 42 in 42 ] and skipper Rovman Powell [ 40 in 19 ] entertained somewhat.

     [ 9 ] West Indies set a target of 160 runs to India.

     [ 10 ] Indian openers out cheaply.

     [ 11 ] Surya Kumar Yadav conceded 23 ball to reach his fifty and finished at 83 in 44 balls.

     [ 12 ] Surya Kumar The number one T20 batter became the fastest Indian to hit 100 sixes.

     [ 13 ] Surya Kumar won “Player Of The Match” award.

     India, who last lost to the West Indies in a bilateral T20 series back in 2016, trailing by 0-2 in the five-match series. West Indies were in an ideal position for their first series win over India since 2016. Its a must win game for India.

     In t20 format the batters to go hard from ball one and that is something India’s top order, comprising Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, and Surya kumar Yadav, has not been able to do. The top-order’s failure has put an extra pressure on Sanju Samson and Tilak Varma.

    With a focus on ODIs in a World Cup year, Gill, Kishan, and Surya kumar would want to be amongst the runs ahead of the Asia Cup beginning August 31.
     A significant achievement has been achieved by winning two T20 matches in the bilateral series. Had they won the third match, they would have secured their first series win against India since 2017. In the only match held in the Caribbean in 2017, West Indies won by a margin of 1-0.

     “Batters need to take more responsibility,” Hardik’s message was clear to the batters following the two-wicket loss on Sunday. India played with a long tail with Axar Patel batting at seven to maintain the balance of the side and it was unlikely to change in todays game. 

     The bowlers, especially the spinners, need to restrict rampaging Nicholas Pooran. Left-arm spinner Axar was not even used in the last game. West Indies’ top-order too has not been amongst runs with Pooran left to do the heavy lifting. The hosts would want to change that.

    “It’s a very good position to be in. Since 2016 we haven’t won T20 series (against India),” said West Indies skipper Rovman Powell.

     West Indies skipper Rovman Powell won the toss and decided to bat first against India in the third T20I of the five-match series in Guyana.

   West Indies vs India Head to Head:

     West Indies ICC  T20 Rank Is 7, where as India holds the number one position.

     West Indies have won 9 Matches where as India won 17 matches.

Toss Time
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     West Indies skipper Rovman Powell: “We’ll bat first. Looks a little slow wicket. Holder in the last game picked up a niggle to his knee. He misses out, Chase comes in. Guys are excited, we are on the doorstep of history. They have such quality players, they have to keep them on their toes. If you become predictable, they will destroy you.”

    Jason Holder missed out due to injury while Roston Chase came in his place in the West Indies playing 11.

    West Indies Playing XI: Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran (w), Rovman Powell (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Romario Shepherd, Roston Chase, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy.

     India skipper Hardik Pandya: “Don’t mind chasing. Obviously, I would’ve preferred to bat looking at the surface. Might get slower. It is what it is. Pooran has been batting very well. Would like to keep things simple to him, rather than trying a lot of things. Two changes, Yashasvi makes his debut, Kuldeep comes in for Bishnoi. Ishan misses out.”

    India Playing XI: Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Hardik Pandya (c), Sanju Samson (w), Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mukesh Kumar. 

     Yashasvi Jaiswal made his debut.

     A slight delayed as the 30-yard circle was not marked.

    Brandon King and Kyle Mayers started the West Indies innings. Hardik Pandya with the new ball for India. Arshdeep Singh to shared the new ball with Hardik Pandya.

     Both the openers gave the pretty steady start and the score was 38/0 after power play. Axar gave the first blow to West Indies in the form of  Kyle Mayers (25). West Indies was 55/1 after 7.4 overs and 73/1 after 10 overs.

     Now Kuldeep Yadav strike and  dismissed Johnson Charles (12) | West Indies 75/2 in 10.5 overs. Brandon King (41*) brings up team’s 100 with a straight four off Hardik Pandya. West Indies 103/2 in 13.4 overs.

    OUT! Kuldeep Yadav gave the double blow in the 15th over and took the most important wickets of  Nicholas Pooran (20) and Brandon King [ 42 ]. West Indies 105/3 in 14.1 overs and 106/4 after 15 overs.  

     OUT! Mukesh Kumar strike first ball, dismissed Shimron Hetmyer (9) | West Indies 123/5 in 17.1 overs. 11 RUNS! 0 1 0 1 6 Wd 2 – A decent end to the innings for West Indies, with their skipper Rovamn Powell (40* off 19) smacked his third maximum off Mukesh Kumar in it to score 11 runs. Mukesh returned figures of 1 for 19 in 2 overs. India need 160 runs to keep the series alive..  and West Indies was 159/5 after 20 overs.

      Kuldeep Yadav took 3 important wickets and break the momentum of West Indies and achieve a milestone of fastest Indian to get 50- T20 wickets.

India vs West Indies: Kuldeep was Fabulous.
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West Indies 159/5 after 20 overs.
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     Debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill started the India run chase. Obed McCoy with the ball for West Indies.

     OUT! Obed McCoy strikes early to dismiss Yashasvi Jaiswal (1) | India 6/1 in 0.4 overs. Surya Kumar in the middle and joined Shubhman Gill. India were 16/1 after one over.

    OUT! Alzarri Joseph striked to dismiss Shubman Gill (6) | India 34/2 in 4.2 overs now lefty batter Tilak Varma joined Surya Kumar.End of Powerplay, India 60/2 after 6 overs. 17 RUNS! 1 4 6 1 4 1 – Perfect end to the powerplay for India. Surya kumar Yadav (36*) smoked a four and a six in consecutive balls before Tilak Varma (15*) hit a four to score a massive 17 runs off Obed McCoy in it. Good start to their chase for India despite losing the openers cheaply.

    FIFTY for Surya kumar Yadav off 23 balls, his 14th in T20Is | India 77/2 in 7.2 overs. Surya smacked two sixes and 7 fours to reach the landmark.

    50-run partnership between Surya (53*) and Tilak (21*) | India 84/2 in 8.5 overs. India 97/2 after 10 overs, need 63 off 60 balls. 100 comes up for India in 10.3 overs — 100/2 (Suryakumar Yadav 65* & Tilak Varma 24*).

    OUT! Alzarri Joseph strikes to dismiss ‘dangerous’ Surya kumar Yadav (83 in 44 balls ) | India 121/3 in 12.4 overs.

    * Highest individual T20I scores at Providence Guyana: 100(64) Mahela Jayawardene vs Zim 2010 | 83(44) Surya kumar Yadav vs WI 2023 | 81(51) Mahela Jayawardene vs NZ 2010.

     Surya Kumar The number one T20 batter in International cricket became the fastest Indian to hit 100 sixes in T20Is. * Fewest innings to 100 T20I sixes: 48 E Lewis | 49 C Gayle/ Surya kumar Yadav | 57 C Munro | 70 A Finch
    India 135/3 after 15 overs, need 25 off 30 balls.

Surya Kumar shine, India beat West Indies by 7 wickets.
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Surya Kumar shine, India beat West Indies by 7 wickets.
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Suryakumar's sensation became The Fastest Indian to hit 100 sixes in T20Is.
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     India 148/3 after 16 overs, needed 12 off 24 balls. 150 came up for India in 16.2 overs — 150/3 (Tilak Varma 46* & Hardik Pandya 9*).

     It was all over! India (164/3 in 17.5 overs) beat West Indies (159/5) by 7 wickets to stay alive in the five-match series. West Indies lead the series by 2-1. going to Floride for the fourth and fifth matches. 

    SIX! Hardik Pandya (20* off 15) finished off the chase in style, hit a big six over long-off  on  Rovman Powell in the 18th over. India chased down the 16-run target with 13 balls to spare and seven wickets in hand. Young Tilak Varma (49* off 37) remained unbeaten just one short of his fifty. India now trailed West Indies 1-2 in the five-match series and keep the series alive.

    * Most T20I runs for India in the first three innings: 172 Deepak Hooda | 139 Surya kumar Yadav/ Tilak Varma | 109 Gautam Gambhir
    * Tilak Varma is the second Indian batter after Suryakumar Yadav to register 30-plus scores in each of his first three T20I innings. Tilak Varma is looking  very consistent in all the 3 T20Is.

     West Indies vs India 3rd T20I Match Summary:India win by 7 wkts
     India- 164/3 West Indies 159/5

     Surya kumar Yadav- 83 Brandon King- 42
     Tilak Varma- 49* Rovman Powell- 40

     Alzarri Jospeh- 2/25 Kuldeep Yadav- 3/28
     Obed McCoy- 1/32 Mukesh Kumar- 1/19

    In the opening two matches, India faced concerns regarding their batting performance, mainly because their top batsman Suryakumar Yadav was not performing well. However, in the third game, Suryakumar Yadav put in a stellar performance to help India win over the West Indies. West Indies still lead the five-match series 2-1 as both the teams travel to the United States for the final two T20Is later this week.

    While Jaiswal had a forgettable start after losing his wicket in the opening over, Surya kumar’s entry got off to an impressive start, hitting a four and a six off his first two deliveries. This positive start set the tone for the rest of the game. Surya kumar needed a reliable partner and Tilak Varma played that role brilliantly. Both displayed a balanced mix of aggressive and restrained playing styles. Surya kumar focused on hitting boundaries while Verma skillfully rotated the strike. Together they shared an 87-run partnership for the third wicket.

Tilak Varma scored 49* and contributed in India's win.
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     Player of the Match :Surya kumar Yadav (83 off 44; 4x6s, 10x4s): “It was really important to be myself when I went in to bat in the powerplay, that’s what the team management also wanted. I have practised these strokes a lot and I love doing that. We have batted together for a long time, we both understand how each other bats and the way he batted it gave me a lot of confidence. It was a great innings from him at the other end. It was running on the back of my mind but at the same time we spoke in the team meeting, our captain said someone needs to put their hand up and win the match, glad I was able to do that.”

     West Indies skipper Rovman Powell:
     “We were 10-15 runs short. But having said credit to the batting unit especially the opening partnership, that’s what we asked for. In hindsight, you can say that but we wanted to give Charles an opportunity, we know what Pooran can do and what kind of form he is in. We bowled with too much pace on the ball and that made it easy for the Indian batters. We have a few days gap and we have to come up with better plans.”

     India skipper Hardik Pandya: “Very important. We spoke as a group that these three games will be exciting. Two losses or two wins does not change the long term plans. We have to show we are ready when it comes to such games. Nicky (Pooran) didn’t come out to bat and that allowed us to keep our pacers back, also allowed Axar to bowl his four overs. If Nicky wants to hit let him hit me, that was the plan and I enjoy such competition. I know he is going to hear this and will come hard at me. As a group we have decided to bat with seven batters and we have to take responsibility, like it happened today. If the batters score runs then you need anyone at number eight. As Surya mentioned, they play together and spend time together, good to have someone like SKY in the team and when he takes responsibility it sends a message to the others.”

    India’s regular captain Rohit Sharma during an event in the USA: “We decided on just looking at some players’ workload [for the West Indies T20I series], that we wanted to make sure that they get enough break time and manage them. I definitely fall in that [category] as well. There is another reason to come here [to the USA]. Because you know the World Cup is coming. In June [2024], there will be the T20 World Cup happening in this part of the world. So I’m pretty sure everyone is excited.”

SuryaKumar Player of the match.
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