India bounced back from their defeat in the 2nd T20I by putting up a clinical run chase in the 3rd match. West Indies were asked to bat first and put up a decent score on a slowish pitch at St Kitts. The target of 165 wasn’t going to be easy on a tricky pitch, but Suryakumar ‘SKY’ Yadav’s unbelievable inning made it seem like a cakewalk. India now lead the 5-match series 2-1, and the two teams will now move to Florida for the remaining two matches over the coming weekend. We look back at some of the key stats from the 3rd T20I.

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3rd T20I – Key Performers

Hardik Pandya’s excellent spell

Ever since he made his Indian comeback, Hardik Pandya has been outstanding with the ball. On a day where the frontline Indian bowlers conceded more than 6.5 RPO, Pandya gave away just 19 runs from his four overs at 4.75 RPO. He also got India their first wicket in the form of Brandon King – last game’s top scorer.

King’s wicket was Pandya’s 50th in T20I. He is only the sixth Indian bowler to take 50 wickets in this format.

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Hardik Pandya – Good bowling form since his Indian comeback

Pandya, so far, has figures of 2-53 from his 10 overs in this series. His economy rate of 5.3 RPO is the best for any bowler to have bowled more than one over in this series. By stepping up as India’s 5th-6th bowler, Pandya has been providing a much-needed cushion and flexibility to the Indian team.

India’s opening puzzle

When Rohit Sharma walked out to bat with SKY in the 1st T20I, the latter became the 8th Indian batter to open the batting in T20I since the World Cup last year. After a couple of short but brisk starts, SKY finally produced a scintillating knock in this match.

The pitch was, by no means, as easy to bat as he made it look. SKY covered all parts of the ground for his 76 off 44 balls. However, his favoured region was the mid-wicket area, where he scored 25 runs.

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Suryakumar Yadav – A versatile batter

SKY in his brief international career has adapted to all the challenges thrown at him and excelled. With him taking to opening as a fish to water, it creates more headache, albeit a good one, for the Indian team management as they look to identify the best batter to complement Sharma at the top.

Despite the win, there are a few concerns for India. Avesh Khan has been extremely poor and expensive with his bowling whereas Shreyas Iyer is yet to showcase his T20I form. West Indies would want to bring some consistency in their performance, especially with the ball. The next few days will be a welcome break for both the teams before they move to Florida and grind it out over the weekend.