Rohit Sharma led his side flawlessly in bilateral T20Is after India thrashed West Indies by 59 runs to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the five-match series here on Saturday.

The opening score of 191 for 5 by India, along with the performances of skipper Rohit Sharma (33 off 16 balls) and Rishabh Pant (44 off 31 balls), provided the NRIs in and around Florida with the perfect weekend (20 not out off 8 balls). On a pitch where the greatest successful run-chase by any team is 98, a target of 192 was just out of the question, and the West Indies innings ended for a dismal 132 in 19.1 overs.

In the opening over of the chase, Kyle Mayers (14), Brandon King (13), and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (9) were able to hit three boundaries off of him, but things went worse from there. Bhuvneshwar’s partner with the new ball, Avesh Khan, had two good periods on Saturday and was desperate to shed his squandering image. The pitch stalled on King, hitting him, making the return catch easy.

Devon Thomas (1), who had one dropped catch, wanted to continue, and as a result, Avesh’s wider delivery missed the middle of his bat. One of Deepak Hooda’s three catches was the resultant skier, which he readily grabbed.

After smashing three huge sixes, Nicholas Pooran (24 off 8 balls) seemed to be in control. However, Mayers sold him a fake and moved back on a false single, leaving him stranded in the center of the field when Pant whipped the bail. Axar Patel (2/48 in 4 overs) removed Mayers and Rovman Powell (24 off 16 balls), who were both holed out in the deep, despite taking a hammering.

Arshdeep Singh (3/12 in 3.1 overs) applied the breaks as the back-10 started, and it rapidly became a walk in the park. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Ravi Bishnoi recorded solid stats of 2 for 27 in 4 overs. Pant and skipper Rohit made crucial contributions to India’s 191 for 5 total despite not producing big blows when they were sent in to bat. The majority of the contributions came from Rohit and Pant, who helped Axar to an unbeaten total of 20 off 8 balls.