India vs WI 5th T20I: Men in Blue thrash West Indies by 88 runs; win series 4-2

Indian players after the T20I series against West Indies at Fort Lauderhill on Sunday. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Xtra Time Web Desk: The Indian spin trio of Ravi Bishnoi, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav combined to demolish West Indies by 88 runs. The win saw India completing the series 4-1. Bishnoi bagged career-best figures of 4/16 while Axar bagged 3/15. Kuldeep returned from injury to bag 3/12 as India bowled Windies out for 100 runs. Shreyas Iyer was the star with 40-ball 64 while Deepak Hooda smashed 25-ball 38 as India managed 188/7 in 20 overs. 

Hardik Pandya led the team as the management decided to rest skipper Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant.  Ishan Kishan got his first opportunity in the tour but failed to capitalise. He departed for 11 off 13. It was left to Iyer and Hooda who took charge. The two took India to 53/1 at the end of powerplay. Hooda and Iyer continued to plunder West Indies pace attack as they added 76 runs off 44 balls. Shreyas, who struggled in T20s, finally returned to form with a brilliant 40-ball 64. However, Hooda will be disappointed with his dismissal on 38 off 25.

Sanju Samson too did not have a great day either as he wasted a great opportunity and gave away his wicket to Odean Smith. But it was Hardik who took charge before he was run-out in the last over. He played a stroke-filled knock of 16-ball 28, taking India to the 188-run mark.