India recovers to beat West Indies by 5 wickets in 1st T20

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05 Nov 2018, 01:05 IST
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KOLKATA, India (AP) — India recovered from a poor begin to beat West Indies by 5 wickets on Sunday within the first of three Twenty20 matches.

Dinesh Karthik scored 31 not out off 34 balls, and debutant Krunal Pandya added an undefeated 21 off 9 balls, as India rallied from 45-Four to achieve the profitable complete of 110-5 in 17.5 overs.

Put into bat after shedding the toss, West Indies scored 109-Eight in 20 overs as left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav took 3-13 in his four-over spell.

“It’s a good wicket to bat on however has a bit one thing for the seamers as effectively,” mentioned Karthik. “They bowled effectively up entrance to our openers, however my position is to soak up stress later within the batting order.”

Earlier, West Indies opener Denesh Ramdin (2) was caught behind off Umesh Yadav (1-36). Surprisingly, Rishabh Pant, who changed MS Dhoni within the Indian T20 squad, didn’t maintain wicket with Karthik performing the duties as an alternative.

Shai Hope (14) was comically run out after a misunderstanding with Shimron Hetmyer (10), after which Hetmyer was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah (1-27) as West Indies struggled at 28-Three within the fifth over.

Kieron Pollard (14) tried to dig his staff out of bother however the Indian spinners got here on and squeezed the center order.

Kuldeep Yadav ran via the lineup, dismissing Darren Bravo (5), Rovman Powell (4) and skipper Carlos Brathwaite (4) in successive overs.

On the different finish, left-arm spinner Pandya obtained his first worldwide wicket as Pollard was caught behind, leaving the scorecard at 63-7.

Debutant Fabian Allen led a rescue mission, scoring 27 off 20 balls with 4 fours, however might solely push West Indies previous 100 late within the 19th over.

“It was an distinctive efficiency with the ball … We used the situations completely with the ball,” mentioned Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.

India did not get off to one of the best begin, both. West Indies’ Oshane Thomas (2-21) bowled a spirited spell and dismissed the in-form prime order rapidly. Rohit Sharma (6) was caught behind and Thomas bowled Shikhar Dhawan (3) for a 3rd time on this journey.

In Virat Kohli’s absence, it was right down to Lokesh Rahul (16) to carry out at No. 3. However Carlos Brathwaite (2-11) shook the Indian center order with two fast wickets. Pant (1) holed out with a poor pull after which Rahul was caught at deep sq. leg as Brathwaite struck in successive overs to depart India in bother at 45-4.

Karthik and Manish Pandey (19) then placed on 38 runs for the fifth wicket, absorbing stress in a partnership that introduced India again within the sport.

Pandey fell to a straightforward return catch to Khary Pierre (1-16) in opposition to the run of play within the 15th over.

There was nothing a lot to fret about at that stage, although, as Karthik and Pandya took India residence with 13 balls to spare.

“We did not apply ourselves (with the bat) and by no means obtained into second or third gear,” mentioned Brathwaite. “We had been both too defensive or too attacking. If we had wickets in hand on the finish, we might have scored 130-140 which might have been a profitable rating.”

The second T20 is in Lucknow on Tuesday.

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