Another 3-0 beating for Windies

KOLKATA – West Indies watched a late challenge fizzle out as they crashed to a heart-breaking 17-run defeat to India in the final Twenty20 International yesterday, to leave the six-match white-ball tour of the subcontinent with nothing to show for their efforts.

In pursuit of 185 at Eden Gardens to avoid a second whitewash on the tour, West Indies remained in the hunt deep into the contest but once left-hander Nicholas Pooran was dismissed for 61 at the start of the 18th over with 38 required from 18 deliveries, the run chase was quickly derailed.

All-rounder Romario Shepherd tried to salvage the chase with a robust 29 off 21 balls, including a four and three sixes, but seamers Harshal Patel (3-22) and Shardul Thakur (2-33) combined to snuff out any lingering threat from the tourists.

The result came on the back of a six-wicket loss in the opening T20I and an eight-run defeat two days ago, the series loss following up a similar whitewash in the preceding One-Day International series in Ahmedabad. (CMC)

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