India vs WI First T20I: Virat Kohli scores a magnificent 94*(50) as India defeat West Indies by 6 wickets in the first T20 International.
India vs WI First T20I
|India: 209-4 in 18.4 Overs||Virat Kohli: 94(50) | Khary Pierre: 2-44|
|West Indies: 207-5 in 20 overs||Shimron Hetmyer: 56(41) | Yuzvendra Chahal: 2-36|
|Result: India won by 6 wickets|
|Player of the match: Virat Kohli|
India couldn’t have asked for a better start to the series against the team, which is synonymous to the shortest format of the game. On a batting paradise, it was all about how Virat Kohli mastered the chase for probably the umpteenth time now.
After putting in to bat first, West Indies followed only one track throughout the match, and that was, attack the bowlers. Right from the first over, which yielded 13 runs, West Indies kept scoring at a consistent run-rate.
Evin Lewis started the innings briskly as he smashed 40 in just 17 balls with 4 sixes and 3 fours. As soon as he was dismissed, Hetmyer steadied the sheep while Brandon King attacked at the other end. Hetmyer scored a valuable 56(41) before he was dismissed by Chahal in the 18th over.
Hetmyer was equally supported by finishers, Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder, who scored 37(19) and 24(9) respectively. Courtesy of valuable contributions from almost everyone in the team, West Indies reached a solid total of 207-5 at the end of 20 overs.
For India, Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers, who picked 2 wickets. Apart from him, Jaddu and Bhuvi bowled economical spell except for the last over. Deepak Chahar, who picked 6-7 in his previous match was taken to shambles as he gave 56 in his 4 overs.
Chasing 208, India lost Rohit Sharma early as the star opener fell to a lofted shot to Khary Pierre. However, KL Rahul continued his form from Syed Mushtaq Trophy as took the attack to the opposition while Virat played the second fiddle.
The duo added 100 runs for the second wicket with KL Rahul leading the partnership with his 62(40). Post KL Rahul’s dismissal, it was all Kohli, the master class chaser which saw Virat Kohli scoring an unbeaten 94*(50) with 6 maximums and 6 fours.
He along with Pant literally mocked the West Indies bowling as the duo added 48 in just 17 balls. While Rishabh Pant got out for 18(9), Virat Kohli stayed till the end to finish the match inside 19 overs. Virat Kohli’s two fabulous sixes over extra-cover were the highlight of his knock.
So, India take the 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. The action now shifts to Thiruvananthapuram, which is once again going be a batting feast, and the fans are expected to be entertained.
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