With 16 victories this year, India have now won the most T20Is in a calendar year, surpassing 15 wins in the year 2016
Shreyas Iyer struck a half-century while the spinners shared all the ten wickets in between them as India defeated West Indies by a massive margin of 88 runs in the fifth and the final T20I in Lauderhill in Florida to clinch the series 4-1. Iyer scored 64 off 40 which included eight fours and two maximums as the Men in Blue reached a big total of 188/7 in 20 overs. Ravi Bishnoi delivered his career-best spell of 4/16 with Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav picking up three wickets each.
Speaking about how the dead rubber encounter unfolded, Hardik Pandya who captained the side today in place of Rohit Sharma, won the toss and opted to bat first. Ishan Kishan couldn’t make the most of the opportunity that he got today as he went for just 11. Deepak Hooda batted at no. three and made an eye-catching 38 off 25 with the help of three sixes and two fours. Sanju Samson amassed 15 while Hardik’s quickfire innings of 28 off 16 took his side to a score of above 185.
Chasing 189, the West Indian top order got blown away by Axar Patel, who picked up the top three wickets. Jason holder, who opened the innings for the first time in T20Is bagged a duck with Shamarh Brooks and Devon Thomas scoring 13 and 10 respectively. Power-hitters Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell were disappointing yet again as they both got out for below ten. Shimron Hetmyer smacked a 35-ball 56 with five fours and four maximums before falling prey to Bishnoi. The hosts got bowled out cheaply for just 100 in 15.4 overs with all the wickets going in the bank of the Indian spinners.
This turned out to be the first instance where all wickets were taken by spin bowlers in T20I innings. With this victory, India completed their successful white-ball tour to the Caribbean and the USA with series wins in both ODIs and T20Is. For his early wickets and a spell of 3/15 (3), Axar Patel bagged the Player of the Match award. Arshdeep Singh, who took seven wickets in five matches at an economy rate of just 6.58, won the Player of the Series award.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from the 5th T20I between West Indies and India:
1029 – Shreyas Iyer reached the landmark of 1000 runs in T20Is. He became the eighth Indian batter to achieve the feat.
1 – Iyer struck his maiden T20I half-century against West Indies after scoring seven against them in the ODI format.
449 – Shreyas Iyer has now scored the most runs (449) for India in T20Is in 2022. Ishan Kishan with 430 runs occupies the second position.
4/16 – Ravi Bishnoi scripted his best bowling figures of 4/16 in T20 internationals. His previous best was 2/17 which also came against the Caribbean side this year itself.
95 – Dinesh Karthik has amassed just 95 runs at an average of 13.57 and a strike rate of 115.85 in his last eight T20I innings.
1 – For the first time, all the ten wickets were picked up by the spinners in a T20I innings.
88 – India registered their biggest victory (88 runs) against the Men in Maroon. Previously, they defeated them by 71 runs margin in Lucknow in the year 2018.
16 – India have now recorded their most T20I wins (16) in a calendar year. They won 15 matches in the year 2016.
100 – West Indies recorded their second-lowest total (20 overs or all-out) of 100 against India in the shortest international format. Their previous lowest was 95/9 which also came at the same venue in 2019.
3/33 – Odean Smith registered his best bowling figures of 3/33 in T20 internationals. His previous best was 2/24 which came against Pakistan in the year 2021.
52 – Shimron Hetmyer reached 50 fours in T20 internationals.
1 – For the first time, Jason Holder opened the batting in 28 T20I innings.
51 – Nicholas Pooran completed 50 catches in international cricket.