WHITEWASH

West Indies’ Shimron Hetmyer, right, plays a shot during the third and last Twenty20 international cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.
Associated Press / Aijaz Rahi

West Indies ended their miserable tour of India — a whitewash in the two Tests — (3-1) in the five One-Day Internationals (one match tied) and another whitewash (3-0) in the Twenty20s.

However, they produced their best performance in the final of the Twenty20 International series against India on Sunday, Nove. 11, 2018, but still went down by six wickets, losing off the last ball on the innings in a nail-biting finish in the third and final match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

With, India requiring one run off the last ball of the match, bowler Fabian Allen misfield a drive from Manish Pandey, allowing the batsman to scamper for a single for the unlikeliest of finishes.

India had looked to be easing to victory in pursuit of the Windies’ total of 181-5, with Shikar Dhawan and Rishab Pant’s 130-run partnership for the third wicket carrying them within sight of a comfortable victory.

The pair took the side to 175 for two, leaving India to get seven runs from 11 balls, before they both inexplicably gave their wickets away.

After scoring his first-ever T20 half -century, Pant needlessly tried a reverse sweep off medium fast bowler Keemo Paul and lost his middle stump. Then off the penultimate ball of the match and with only one run needed, Dhawan hit Allen straight into the hands of Kieron Pollard at long on to give West Indies a chance to tie the match, where a super over would be required to decide a winner.

But Allen, arguably the Windies’ best fielder, was unable to gather the return with Pandey well short of his ground.

Earlier, the West Indies would have been satisfied with their eventual total, as they produced their best batting display of the series.

New opener Shai Hope and Hetmyer gave them an opening stand of 51 runs in seven overs.

Trinidadians Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran did not disappoint as he launched a savage attack on the Indian bowlers during a quick, unbeaten half century. West Indies closed off their 20 overs for 181.

Meanwhile West Indies Women crushed Bangladesh in their opening match of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup at the Guyana National Stadium.

Veteran all-rounder Deandra Dottin single-handedly destroyed the Asia team with the third-best figures in women’s T20 with a rousing 60-run victory.

Defending a paltry 107, West Indies routed Bangladesh for 46- record low in the tournament’s history — with Dottin producing a magical career-best figures of five for five from 22 balls to claim the Player-of-the-Match title.

The performance- the best by a West Indies bowler in T20 International- rocked the Bangladeshis and ruined an ideal opportunity to upset the reigning World Champions.

Bangladesh had the Windies Women backs against the wall when they reduced them to six for 87, ending at 106 for eight off their 20 0vers. At one stage they were tottering at 30 for five.

West Indies’ Oshane Thomas, left, celebrates the dismissal of India’s Lokesh Rahul, right, during the third and last Twenty20 International cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.
Associated Press / Aijaz Rahi

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