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Yadav blitz restores series lead for India

Yadav blitz restores series lead for India

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Suryakumar Yadav epitomised his team's new all-out attacking approach with a blazing 76 at the top of the order as India romped to a seven-wicket victory over  West Indies in the third T20 international in St Kitts on Tuesday.

After his Caribbean counterpart, Kyle Mayers, anchored the home side's total of 164 for five with a boisterous 73 off 50 balls batting first, Yadav's effort off 44 deliveries with eight fours and four sixes ensured the visitors cantered to the target with an over to spare to take a 2-1 lead in the series ahead of the final two matches at the weekend in Florida.

Rohit Sharma was forced to retire in the second over after it appeared that he hurt his lower back attempting a violent swing to the on-side.

However Yadav, given free reign to play his shots from ball one, then dominated an 86-run stand with Shreyas Iyer (24) which effectively ended the match as a contest.

An unbeaten 33 from Rishabh Pant then formalised the win. Sharma subsequently indicated that the injury was not as serious as it first looked and he expects to be fit for the last two matches.