India vs West Indies, 1st T20I held at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Friday. India chased the big total of 207 in just 18.4 overs with six wickets in hand. Virat Kohli with his aggressive batting showed no mercy to the West Indian bowlers and scored 94 runs in just 50 balls with a strike rate of 188. With the match Indian skipper, Kohli marked his highest score in the T-20I. KL Rahul laid the foundation of India’s win and kept his team in the chase. Kohli sealed the match by smashing a six over extra cover with eight balls to spare.
Virat decided to bowl first after winning the toss and West Indies were off to a flyer as they scored 66 runs with the loss of two wickets in just six overs. Windies opening batsman Lendl Simmons fell cheaply on a score of 2 runs, but Evin Lewis smashed Indian bowlers all around the park and scored 40 runs in just 17 deliveries with the help of three 4s and four 6s. Indian bowlers found it hard to get the right line and length.
Apart from Simmons, every Carribean batsmen contributed which helped the team to get a massive total of 207. West Indies captain Kieron Pollard added 73 Runs with Hetmyer.
Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin helped the team to cross the 200 run mark. Indian bowlers were unlucky as they didn’t get the support from the fielders that were required to restrict windies from getting the high score. Deepak Chahar was taken to the cleaners as he conceded 54 runs in his quota of four overs.
India lost Rohit Sharma early in the chase, but KL Rahul and Virat Kohli put up a strong show and added 100 runs for the second wicket. Rahul smashed 62 runs off 40 balls with the help of five 4s and four 6s, Virat Kohli held up one end as he struggled a bit with the timing in the early part of his innings.
After the departure of KL Rahul, captain Kohli started batting aggressively with Rishabh Pant who was promoted on the 4th number. Pant played a small cameo of 18 runs in nine deliveries. Shreyas Iyer also fell early to Pollard but it was too late for the West Indies bowlers as the damage was already done by the Indian skipper