India huff and puff to win first T20I against WI

KOLKATA: Indian batsmen made heavy climate of a 110-run target earlier than recording a five-wicket victory in opposition to the West Indies in the first Twenty20 International at Eden Gardens on Sunday night to move 1-Zero up in the three-match collection.

Debutant spin-bowling all-rounder Krunal Pandya and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav choked the West Indies batsmen bowling in tandem in the heart overs after India skipper Rohit Sharma had requested the Caribbean side to bat first.

The two left-arm tweakers broke the spine of the Windies innings of their eight overs to stop them at 109 for 8 — their lowest-ever T20I rating in opposition to India. Incidentally, the Windies had recorded their lowest ODI general in opposition to the Indians just three days back after they have been bowled out for 104 in the 5th and final match of the collection in Thiruvananthapuram.


The Indian top-order was then rattled by another T20I debutant Oshane Thomas, who unnerved the batsmen with uncooked tempo. Skipper Rohit had an extraordinary off day at this venue and was the first to leave as he were given an inside edge to at least one that came back sharply to be stuck by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin in the first actual over.

Shikhar Dhawan played the wrong line to have his heart stump uprooted in Thomas’ next over. In Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s absence, a lot was expected from Rishabh Pant. But the teenager failed to capitalize on the opportunity and fell to a rash stroke, getting a height edge off Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite to offer Darren Bravo an easy catch at level.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik then took rate to guide India house. The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper played a wise innings at his ‘house’ ground to remain unbeaten on 31 (34 balls, 3x4, 1x6). He shared a 38-run fifth-wicket stand with Manish Pandey (19, 24b, 2x4) to steady the send after India have been reduced to 45 for 4.


Pandya made his debut much more memorable by hitting the winning runs (a boundary) to remain unbeaten on a Nine-ball 21 which integrated three fours.


Earlier, the Pandya-Yadav duo tilted the match India’s approach by choosing up 4 wickets conceding just 29 runs in eight overs. Pandya was greeted by Kieron Pollard with the first six of the match in his first over. But the left-arm spinner had the closing laugh as he had his IPL teammate stuck at long-on by Pandey in his next.


Brathwaite was a pale shadow of what he delivered two years back at this venue in the World T20 final in opposition to England. On Sunday, he was left searching the ball earlier than being trapped in front of the wickets by Yadav after managing 4 runs off 11 balls.


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