Ro­hit, Rahul and Kohli’s sixathon in In­dia’s win

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Mumbai, In­dia - Skip­per Vi­rat Kohli led the sixes charge with seven hits over the fence to set up In­dia's se­ries-clinch­ing 67-run win over the West Indies in the third Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional on Wed­nes­day.

Ro­hit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul and Kohli, who smashed an un­beaten 70 off 29 balls, com­bined to hit 16 sixes be­tween them as the hosts posted 240 for three in Mumbai.

The In­dian bowlers then kept the West Indies to 173 for eight to win the three-match se­ries 2-1.

Ro­hit, who hit 71, and Rahul, who top-scored with 91, put on 135 runs for the open­ing wicket to lay the plat­form for In­dia's im­pos­ing to­tal. Kohli soon joined the party to flay the West Indies at­tack as he com­pleted his fifty in just 21 de­liv­er­ies.

Kohli and Ro­hit will end the year at the top of the bat­ting charts with 2,633 runs each in all T20I cricket.

West Indies slipped to 17 for three and was for­ever play­ing catch-up with the tow­er­ing run­rate de­spite a valiant 39-ball 68 from skip­per Kieron Pol­lard who hit six off the 12 max­i­mums in the chase.

Pace­men Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar, Mo­hammed Shami, Deepak Cha­har and left-arm wrist spin­ner Kuldeep Ya­dav claimed two wick­ets each.

‘Hit­man’ Ro­hit led the bat­ting on­slaught with an at­tack­ing fifty that was brought about with two sixes and a boundary, de­light­ing the home crowd. He be­came the first In­dian bats­man to hit over 400 in­ter­na­tional sixes with his first of five strikes over the fence. West Indies' Chris Gayle leads the sixes show with 534 across all three for­mats.

Ro­hit fi­nally fell while at­tempt­ing an­other big heave to be caught by Hay­den Walsh Jr off Kes­rick Wil­liams.

Four balls later, Pol­lard got wick­et­keeper-bats­man Rishabh Pant trudg­ing back to the pav­il­ion for nought to check In­dia's surge but Rahul re­mained firm.

Rahul, who com­pleted his third fifty in four T20I in­nings and hit four sixes in his 56-ball knock, then put on 95 runs with Kohli before get­ting out in the last over.

West Indies also suf­fered an in­jury blow af­ter Evin Lewis hurt his right knee while field­ing and did not re­turn to bat with the team man­age­ment say­ing the open­ing bats­man has ‘soft tis­sue dam­age’.

The two teams will next play three one-day in­ter­na­tion­als (ODIs) on De­cem­ber 15 (Chen­nai), Dec 18 (Visakha­p­at­nam) and Dec 22 (Cut­tack).

Agar­wal re­places Dhawan for ODIs

In­dia bats­man Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ODIs against the West Indies af­ter sus­tain­ing a ‘deep cut’ to his left knee, a BCCI state­ment said on Wed­nes­day.

“Opener Mayank Agar­wal will re­place Dhawan, who in­jured him­self while bat­ting dur­ing the do­mes­tic Syed Mush­taq Ali Tro­phy T20 cham­pi­onship,” the state­ment added.

Vi­rat Kohli (left) and Lokesh Rahul cross for a sin­gle against West Indies

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