WI’s bubble bursts

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Kyle Mayers hit a career-best T20 International top score of 73 but the West Indies still lost. (Picture by Randy Brooks.)

BASSETERRE – West Indies failed to repeat their exploits of 24 hours earlier and slumped to a seven-wicket loss to India yesterday in the third Twenty20 International at Warner Park.

Energised by their series-levelling win on Monday, the Caribbean side were brought back down to earth, as they were restricted to 164-5 off their 20 overs.

They then watched as Suryakumar Yadav punched 76 from 44 deliveries to give the visitors a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

India’s captain Rohit Sharma succumbed to injury in the second over but his opening partner Suryakumar steered the run chase brilliantly.

Suryakumar lashed eight fours and four sixes before Rishabh Pant arrived late to stroke an unbeaten 33 off 26 balls, putting India over the line with an over to spare.

“I felt like we had to get early wickets and we didn’t get early wickets. I felt like we should have dragged it back early in the power-play but unfortunately we couldn’t get that wicket,” said West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran. (CMC)

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