SPORTS

King And Shepherd Deliver T20I Series Win To West Indies

West Indies was in command performance against India, winning the fifth and final match in thrilling style on Sunday afternoon.

The Caribbean side took the series 3-2, proving that they can still win against the best team.

They owe their victory to allrounder Romario Shepherd who had career-best figures of 4-31 off his four overs and Brandon King with a record T20I knock of 85 not out off 55 balls.

Set a total of 166 in the decisive fifth game, West Indies was in a no-nonsense reaching the target with two overs to spare.

King was the chief destroyer of the Indian attack, top-scoring with 85 not out off 55 balls with five fours and half-dozen sixes, marking his seventh half-century in his 40th game of the format. 

He added 107 for the second wicket with Man-of-the-Series Nicholas Pooran, whose 47 required just 35 balls and included one four and four sixes. 

The partnership turned the game in West Indies’ favor and when Pooran departed just following a 40-minute break for rain, Shai Hope arrived to smack a breezy unbeaten 22 from 13 balls, in a 52-run unbroken third wicket partnership with King, as West Indies celebrated the emphatic victory.

King raced to his half-century of 38 balls, bringing up his landmark in the 13th over by lifting leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal over the ropes at long off. He continued merrily, twice clearing the ropes for back-to-back sixes at the end of the 16th over from Chahal, before hitting Varma for a straight six in the next over and left West Indies needing only six runs to win. 

Hope put the finishing touches on a clinical chase when he smashed leg-spinner YB Jaiswal back overhead for a straight six at the end of the 18th.

“It’s difficult to put words to it. Adjectives are inadequate in describing how we feel. The guys are elated. It’s a big series. You mention all the stuff that is going on in West Indies cricket, so it’s a very big series for us to beat India at home,” captain Rovman Powell said.

Earlier, Shepherd had set the stage for the domination, picking up a career-best 4-31 off his four overs to help restrict India to 165-9 off their 20 overs. 

Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-24) and seamer Jason Holder (2-36) both ended with two wickets apiece.

Only Suryakumar Yadav with 61 from 45 balls and Tilak Varma, with 27 from 18 balls, showed any enterprise and were the only ones to pass 20.

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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