India cruise over West Indies in the third One-Day International, winning by 96 runs to complete a 3-0 whitewash.

India cruise over West Indies in the third One-Day International, winning by 96 runs to complete a 3-0 whitewash.

Rohit Sharma’s career as India ODI skipper began with a 3-0 demolition of the West after the outstanding hosts put up an all-round performance to win the third game by 96 runs on Friday.

In the minor match, Shreyas Iyer’s prudent 80 and Rishabh Pant’s aggressive 56 helped India to a difficult 265 total. As the visitors continued their poor batting performance, the hosts bowled them out for 169 in 37.1 overs.

The Indian team management gathered enough of positives from their experimentation in the third-match series, including the emergence of pacer Prasidh Krishna as the strike bowler, with an eye on the 2023 ODI World Cup.

In the series, he took nine wickets.

Deepak Chahar, who did not play in the third ODI, showed promise as a middle-order batsman, while Suryakumar Yadav shown that he can control his inherent aggressiveness if necessary.

Washington Sundar & Kuldeep Yadav, who made their comeback as a duo, did not bowl together but fared well individually.The West Indies hitters’ lacklustre batting performance made the Indian bowlers’ job easy throughout the series.The away team was never in contention and was completely outclassed by yet another outstanding display of fast bowling.

Deepak Chahar, who was pitching in his first game of the series, hit two home runs in the fifth over. He returned Brandon King (14), who edged to Suryakumar Yadav in the slip cordon, and then removed Shamarh Brooks (0) on the penultimate ball of the over, leaving the visitors at 25/3. From there, the West Indies were unable to recover.Following the ODI series, Kolkata will host three T20 matches commencing February 16.Earlier, Shreyas and the flamboyant Pant rescued India’s innings with a 110-run stand after India’s top-order collapsed and the team was reduced to 42/3.Even as the southpaw showcased his hard-hitting prowess, knocking six fours and a six, the tandem toyed with the opposition attack.The Mumbaikar, who was playing his first game since recovering from COVID, seemed at ease, balancing prudence and attack. With a single to deep extra cover, he reached his ninth ODI fifty.After his fifty, Shreyas increased the ante by completing his century stand with Pant in 112 balls.Pant, too, hit his fifth ODI fifty with a single. But he fell in the 30th over, giving leggie Hayden Walsh (2/59) his maiden wicket and Suryakumar Yadav (6) his second, as India lost half their team for 164 runs.In the 38th over, however, a determined Shreyas played his shots at will before delivering a sitter to Darren Bravo at long-off. He hit nine boundaries in his 111-ball innings.Chahar (38; 4×4; 2×6) and Washington Sundar (33, 2×4; 1×6), on the other hand, did their parts admirably and put on 53 runs for the seventh wicket. Their contributions helped India surpass the 260-run milestone.India lost opener Rohit Sharma (13) cheaply after deciding to bat. Alzarri Joseph (2/54) pinned the hosts back, first dismissing Rohit Sharma on the third delivery of the fourth over and then dismissing Virat Kohli (0) on the fifth, leaving the hosts at 16/2.Kohli attempted to flick a down-the-leg delivery but edged to Shai Hope for a soft dismissal, extending his wait for his 71st century in international cricket.Shikhar Dhawan (10) and Shreyas Iyer (9) tried to save the innings but could only add 26 runs for the third wicket.Dhawan, who was playing his first game of the series after recuperating from COVD, was the first victim of pacer Odean Smith (1/36) when he was caught in the slip cordon by Jason Holder.

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