188/7 (20)
100/10 (15.4)
IND won by 88 runs.
Player of the match: Axar Patel
That's it from us, Bala and Rajarshi, as we conclude our coverage of the game. India and Australia are locked in an intense battle in the final of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal women's cricket match, switch tabs to follow our coverage of the same. Good night!
Hardik Pandya, India captain: It's a very special feeling to get to lead your country. Getting the win means a lot to me as well. I kept following what our captain (Rohit) has been doing. (On asked about permanent captaincy) Yes, why not? If given a chance, I'll be more than happy to do it. But we have a World Cup and Asia Cup now though, so we need to focus on that and use our skillsets there. The kind of talent the players we have and the freedom we're getting, this is the New India. They are expressing themselves well, the players playing with freedom, not worrying about failing. Credit to management and the whole group to make that environment. (On bowling Axar in the powerplay) 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. We are ready for the World Cup, we just need to know how to keep getting better. Pressure and environment-wise, we are ready but in this sport, you never stop learning. (On the role that the fans played) It has been fantastic and I want to thank the fans who supported us. Didn't make us feel like we are playing abroad.
Nicholas Pooran, West Indies captain: We were just not good enough. Didn't learn from our mistakes, we weren't up for it. Our bowlers are getting better, but we need to adapt faster. Barring Hetmyer, we just didn't put up enough partnerships. Executing our plans is what we need to do against top teams. Just hope we, as a team can learn from these experiences, having to build towards a World Cup. (On asked about Holder opening). King and Mayers didn't play today, so we needed someone to open. Just thought of giving him an opportunity to bat higher up. We all know what he can do down the order. Both Akeal and Hayden are bowling well, so playing two spinners is something we can think about in the future. Thank you to all the fans here in America.
Arshdeep Singh, Game-changer Of The Series: It feels really good, feels really great to represent my country. As Rahul Sir says, we are a processed-based team and we focus on it. A lot of importance in the process, I like to keep things simple, that helps me. The talk is about being adaptable to whatever the situation is, don't have to blindly follow whatever the coaching staff or captain says. Keeping it simple and focusing on the process is what helps me a lot. The way they back the youngsters is really good, the environment is really good within the team.
Axar Patel (Game-changer of the match): The plan was to vary pace. The wicket was on the slower side. The focus was just to bowl stump to stump. I was trying to keep things simple. I was trying to back my strengths and stick to my basics which has helped me throughout my career. All the wickets we played on during the ODIs the slower side. The wicket here was also similar. It helped me whenever I pitched up.
Match summary:
India won the toss and opted to bat

India 1st innings 188/7 (20 Overs)
Shreyas Iyer 64(40), Odean Smith 3/33 (4 overs)

West Indies 2nd innings 100 all out (15.4 Overs)
Shimron Hetmyer 56(35), Ravi Bishnoi 4/16 (2.4 overs)

India win by 88 runs.

West Indies' woes against spin bowling were fully on display in the run-chase today. Axar Patel wrapped up the West Indies top-order within the powerplay itself. The ploy to use Jason Holder up the order did not pay off, with Axar knocking the stumps over of the all-rounder with a straighter one. The same type delivery accounted for Brooks and Thomas in Axar's third over. 

Shimron Hetmyer was then joined by Nicholas Pooran, and the duo looked to consolidate. Shimron Hetmyer looked in good touch, he kept depositing Hardik Pandya into the stands, but he lost his skipper in between, when Pooran played all around a straight one from Kuldeep Yadav and had to depart. 

Avesh Khan took a beating from Shimron Hetmyer, but the wickets kept falling around him. Ravi Bishnoi was introduced into the attack, and he and Kuldeep Yadav simply ran through their middle and lower order. Some just weren't able to read what was coming out of their hand, some tried to clear the ropes but failed, and soon afterwards, the game was done. Kuldeep had three, Bishnoi took four, Axar had taken 3 in the powerplay itself, and the West Indies capitulated to 100. India took the series 4-1 with an 88-run victory.
That does it! India take the series 4-1 with an 88-run victory in the 5th and final T20 International at Miami! All 10 West Indies wickets have fallen to spin!
15.3 Ravi Bishnoi to Obed McCoy, OUT! Four for Ravi Bishnoi and India thump the hosts! Miscues the slog sweep to long-on where Hooda completes a comfortable catch. Tells you the story of this innings. A sorry display with the bat against the spin

Obed McCoy c Deepak Hooda b Ravi Bishnoi 0 (3b)
15.2 Ravi Bishnoi to Obed McCoy, wrong'un going across the left-hander. Prods and misses
Obed McCoy, left-handed bat, comes to the crease
15.1 Ravi Bishnoi to Shimron Hetmyer, OUT! Gone this time. Flighted delivery. He clears the front leg and goes straight down the ground. Connects with the toe end of the bat though and holes out to Iyer at long-off

Shimron Hetmyer c Shreyas Iyer b Ravi Bishnoi 56 (35b 5x4 4x6)
Hayden Walsh defended the final ball of that over as if this was the final day of a Test match, there's two wickets left, and he's playing for a draw for his team!
100 /8 score
cricket bat icon Shimron Hetmyer
56 (34)
cricket bat icon Hayden Walsh *
0 (4)
cricket ball icon Kuldeep Yadav
3 /12
14.6 Kuldeep Yadav to Hayden Walsh Jr., tossed up on the stumps. He is ready with the dead bat even before the ball arrives
14.5 Kuldeep Yadav to Shimron Hetmyer, good length ball on the stumps. Works it away to deep square leg for one
14.4 Kuldeep Yadav to Shimron Hetmyer, FOUR! Misfield in the deep. Hetmyer has been peppering the mid-wicket fence. There are two fielders in the deep but they make a meal of it
14.3 Kuldeep Yadav to Shimron Hetmyer, top edge! Miscues the slog sweep and the ball goes right up. Two fielders converge but fail to get to the ball
14.2 Kuldeep Yadav to Shimron Hetmyer, fractionally short. Pulls it away to wide long-on but opts not to take the single
14.1 Kuldeep Yadav to Shimron Hetmyer, tosses it right up. Hetmyer swings big right across the line but gets beaten
Fifty for Shimron Hetmyer! He's playing a lone hand out there at the moment. There's not much left to come so he might as well have some enjoyment out there now, drag the game on for as long as he can!