India vs West Indies 3rd T20: Dhawan, Pant star as India triumph in last-ball thriller

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Shikhar Dhawan scored his eighth fifty in Twenty20 Internationals

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Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant hammered a career-best 92 and 58 respectively as India snuck past the West Indies by six wickets in a last-ball victory in Chennai.

Choosing to bat first, the West Indies made a solid start to their innings as openers Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer amassed a 51-run partnership before Hope was caught by Washington Sundar at deep midwicket off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal for 24.

Hetmyer went on to make 26 before he was caught by Krunal Pandya at deep backward point off the bowling of Chahal.

Even though Denesh Ramdin was cleaned up by Sundar for 15, Nicholas Pooran and Darren Bravo ensured the West Indies ended their innings on a high as they forged an unbeaten 87-run stand, during which Pooran brought up his fifty.

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Nicholas Pooran raises his bat upon bringing up his maiden half-century

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Pooran finished on a career-best 53, which came off 25 balls and included four boundaries and four sixes, while Bravo remained undefeated on a 37-ball 43, which included two boundaries and two sixes, as the West Indies concluded their innings on 181/3.

Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Sundar chipped in with one.

Chasing 182 to win, India lost stand-in captain Rohit Sharma early on as he was caught by West Indies skipper Carlos Brathwaite at mid-off off the bowling of Keemo Paul for four runs.

Lokesh Rahul only scored 17 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Oshane Thomas.

Dhawan and Rishabh Pant stabilised the innings with a 130-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before Pant was clean bowled by Paul for 58, which came off 38 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.

Having lost Pant, India went into the final over needing five runs to win.

After scoring four runs off the first four balls, Fabian Allen dismissed Dhawan on the fifth ball for a 62-ball 92, which included 10 boundaries and two sixes.

Needing one run to win off the final ball, Manish Pandey tapped the ball down the ground, but a misfield from Allen allowed him and Dinesh Karthik to complete the single and lead India to a nail-biting victory.

Paul was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Thomas and Allen claimed one wicket each.

Dhawan was named Man of the Match.

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