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Lauderhill: Rohit Sharma maintained his unbeaten record as captain in bilateral T20Is as India beat West Indies by 59 runs to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series here on Saturday.

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It was the final day of the week for NRIs in and around Florida, as India posted 191 for 5 thanks to Rishabh Pant (44 off 31 balls) and useful innings from skipper Rohit Sharma (33 off 16 balls) and Akshar Patel (33 off 16 balls). 20 not out in 8 balls).

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On a ground where the highest successful chase by any team is 98, the target of 192 was out of the question and the West Indies were bowled out for 132 in 19.1 overs.

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Brandon King (13) and Kyle Meyers (14) started the chase by hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for three fours in the opening over.

On Saturday, Bhuvneshwar’s new-ball partner Avesh Khan (2/17 in 4 overs) was on hand to reduce the tag of being uncouth with two fine spells.

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The delivery to King is held up and the result is an easy return catch.

One drop batsman Devon Thomas (1) wanted a move-on and Avesh’s fuller ball didn’t hit the middle of his bat and the resulting skier was easily caught by Deepak Hooda to complete one of his three catches.

Nicholas Pooran (24 off 8 balls) looked in ominous touch with three ferocious sixes before Meyers sold him a dummy, retreated to a non-existent single and was caught in mid-pitch when Pant bailed.

Akshar Patel (2/48 in 4 overs) was a bit pasting, while he removed Meyers and Rovman Powell (24 off 16 balls), both out deep.

Arshdeep Singh (3/12 in 3.1 overs) then broke and it was a walk in the park until the back-10 started. Ravi Bishnoi also made the most of the opportunity with steady figures of 2 for 2 for 27 in 4 overs.

While batting, Pant and skipper Rohit lost big innings but made useful contributions to take India to 191 for 5.

Rohit and Pant were the main contributors while Akshar scored an unbeaten 20 off 8 balls.

Sanju Samson was more subdued in his unbeaten 30 off 23 balls, often failing to find boundaries, which kept India from reaching 200.

For West Indies left-arm fast bowler Obaid McCoy, cricket turned out to be a truly sublime level as he conceded 66 runs in 4 overs in the second ODI, just a week after taking a career-best six-wicket haul. This was the costliest spell by a West Indies bowler in T20Is.

Rohit’s new style in the powerplay may not have resulted in big knocks while saving half-centuries but he is certainly leading the way with positive intent.

McCoy hit three sixes and 25 runs in an over. Among the trio, Rohit had two maximums – a pull over deep mid-wicket and a flat one to long-off.

Akeel Hossain (1/28 in 4 overs) hit a six off the ball to earn him maximum cheers, but the very next ball, which was a little short and slightly short of length, brought him down.

But Rohit’s 53 for 33, less than five overs, set the tone and gave the other batsmen time and confidence to approach the bowling.

In recent times, Indian T20 teams have lost the tendency to keep wickets.

A cushion of strike-rate saw Pant and Deepak Hooda (21 off 19 balls) put on a nearly 47-run partnership in six overs, which was the launch-pad for a final flourish from Akshar.

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