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IND vs WI 4th T20I: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill Blasted at Windies as Team India level The series 2-2

IND vs WI 4th T20I: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill Blasted at Windies as Team India level The series 2-2

In the 4th T20 International between India and West Indies, held in Lauderhill, USA, India put on a splendid show to beat West Indies by nine wickets. The victory helped India level the five-match series at 2-2, setting the stage for a deciding fifth match on Sunday.

India's young talents, Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal, played a remarkable role in this victory. Opening the batting, they formed a partnership of 165 runs. Their aggressive and consistent performance ensured that India comfortably chased down a target of 179 runs with three overs to spare.

Shubman Gill scored 77 runs off 47 balls, while Yashasvi Jaiswal remained unbeaten with 84 runs off 51 balls. This partnership marked India's best opening stand in the series so far.

Both players capitalized on the good batting conditions, smashing eight fours and three sixes in the Power Play, demonstrating India's dominance.

The pitch, which had been recently refurbished using Mississippi soil, held up well throughout the match, contrary to expectations of slowing down. Gill and Jaiswal's batting exploits were a joy to watch, as they displayed exceptional control and skill.

Notably, all three sixes were hit by Gill, who reached his half-century first by cutting the ball past the point fielder for a couple of runs. Jaiswal also joined him in crossing the fifty-run mark, celebrating in an exciting manner as he achieved his maiden T20I fifty with a boundary through wide square leg.

Their partnership of 165 runs matched the record for India's second-highest opening stand in T20Is, tying with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul's performance against Sri Lanka in 2017.

Before India's innings, their bowlers did an excellent job of restricting West Indies to a below-par total, considering the pitch's true bounce and minimal turn. Although Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope put up decent scores of 61 and 45 respectively, the home team struggled to establish substantial partnerships.

The Windies' innings revolved around two key partnerships, with Hope and Hetmyer sharing a 49-run fifth-wicket partnership, and Hetmyer and Odean Smith contributing a 47-run eighth-wicket stand.

Indian bowlers, led by Arshdeep Singh (3/38) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/26), kept the West Indies batting lineup under control. Despite Hetmyer's late flurry of runs, Gill and Jaiswal ensured that India's chase remained comfortable, easily reaching the target. In the end Jaiswal Declare Man Of The Match for his 84 not out.

This performance hinted at a transition to a new generation of players for India in the shortest format of the game. The series now stands at 2-2, promising an exciting finale in the fifth T20 International.

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