Shreyas Iyer scored 64 runs, leading India to claim the fifth T20I against West Indies by 88 runs and win the series 4-1 on Sunday at the Central Broward Regional Park, Florida.
Iyer hit an impressive 64 to guide India to 188/7 against West Indies after stand-in captain Hardik Pandya decided to bat. Iyer secured India’s innings while Deepak Hooda and Pandya recorded 38 and 28 runs, respectively.
Pandya handed the ball to Axar Patel, who performed short work with Jason Holder, Shamarah Brooks, and Devon Thomas with three arm balls.
“I wanted to give Axar the ball early because he is used to bowling in the powerplay, he is capable of holding his own and then with the wrist spinners, I knew we could get the wickets. It’s about how we can get better from here," he said.
Iyer performed notably well while being in an unfamiliar position as an opener and after failing in the first three matches and being dropped from the fourth. Throughout the match, he paired up with Hooda. They added 76 runs in 7.1 overs, with as many as four sixes hit.
India was two wickets down when Ishan Kishan and Hooda were dismissed. With the team already securing the win of the series, Rohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were rested in preparation for the Asia Cup, which is set to begin later this month.