India stepped up their preparations for the next Twenty20 World Cup with a 59-run win over West Indies in the fourth match of the five-match series at the Broward County Stadium in Florida on Saturday. Defending a scintillating score of 191 for five in front of staunch Indian supporters on the United States ground, Rohit Sharma’s team bowled out their opponents for 132 in 19.1 overs. India took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series ahead of the final at the same ground on Sunday.
Arshdeep Singh led the bowling effort for India, the left-arm medium-pacer continued to impress with his clever combination of swing and seam, taking three for 12, finishing the match with the wicket of Obed McCoy .
For McCoy, who set West Indies’ new bowling record in T20Is with six for 17 in the second match at St Kitts last Monday, it was a particularly forgettable experience.
Despite taking two wickets, the left-armer was dismissed for 66 in his four overs, the costliest spell ever by a West Indies bowler in this format.
India continued their policy of all-out attack as Rishabh Pant batted with 44 off 31 balls to try for the top-order.
Each of the top five started off and while none were able to advance to a truly commanding innings, their scoring pace ensured that the final total was always going to be challenging on a surface where free-flowing strokeplay was fast. had become difficult.
“We knew it would not be easy because of the circumstances,” Sharma said after the match.
“I thought we had a good score on the board, but we couldn’t take things lightly. Our bowlers did very well to maintain the crucial breakthroughs.”
For West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran, the margin of defeat was another reminder of the amount of work required by the two-time former champions ahead of the qualifying phase for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.
His dismissal for 24, run out after being dismissed for successive boundaries by left-arm spinner Axar Patel, showed West Indies’ desperation.
“The series may end as a competition, but the final match gives other players a chance to lay their hands on the World T20,” Pooran said, pointing to several changes slated for Sunday’s finale.
“They got off to a flying start to bat first, but at least I was really happy with the way the bowlers were keeping up with the job.”
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