(ESPNcricinfo) – A T20 team built with the future in mind was unable to deal with the challenges of the present as West Indies made India scratch, struggle and finally submit.
It was a hard-earned victory too. West Indies repelled a three-man spin attack on a slow Tarouba pitch to put up 149, their captain, Rovman Powell, who was discarded in the preceding one-day series, top-scoring with 48.
That total proved four more than enough as the experience of Jason Holder, the guile of Akeal Hosein and the gumption of Romario Shepherd combined to buck a recent trend. West Indies haven’t had a lot of success against India in T20Is over the last five years. So this one will have tasted extra sweet.
The game was in the balance when Hardik Pandya was bowled in the chase with India needing 37 off 29 balls. It was still in the balance when India needed ten off the final over with three wickets in hand. Shepherd tipped it West Indies’ way, showing everyone that they can be competitive even when their seniors are available.
Summarized scores: West Indies 149 for 6 (Powell 48, Pooran 41, Chahal 2-24, Arshdeep 2-31) beat India 145 for 9 (Tilak 39, Holder 2-19, McCoy 2-28) by four runs