India vs West Indies, 1st T20I in Kolkata, Highlights: As It Happened
India vs West Indies, 1st T20I Highlights: Catch all the action of the first T20I between India and West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
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India beat West Indies by 5 wickets after surviving a huge scare at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata . Their top-order fell apart in the chase but Dinesh Karthik held the innings from one end and put on good partnerships with Manish Pandey and then Krunal Pandya to see the team home. Earlier, Kuldeep Yadav scalped three wickets to help the hosts bundle out Windies for a paltry score in their innings.
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India go 1-0 up in series
The hosts have started the series on the perfect note as they take 1-0 lead in the series. Apart from the usual suspects, Krunal Pandya was the biggest plus for India as he shone with both bat and ball for the hosts. The second T20I will now be played in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Krunal hits the winning runs
India have beaten Windies by 5 wickets after surviving a huge scare. Their top-order fell apart but Dinesh Karthik held the innings from one end and put on good partnerships with Manish Pandey and then Krunal Pandya to see the team home. Earlier, Kuldeep Yadav scalped three wickets to help the hosts bundle out Windies for a paltry score.
India go past 100
Krunal Pandya is playing good cricket as he hits a boundary and then takes a single off the next ball to keep the scoreboard ticking. With that, India have also crossed the 100-run mark in the innings. Krunal has so far scored 12 runs off 5 deliveries.
Good over for India
Karthik and Krunal manage to score 11 runs off the over as India are within touching distance of a win now. India now need just 16 runs off final four overs to clinch the match.
Pandey falls as Pierre strikes
Just when things were going perfectly for India, debutant Pierre strikes to give a glimmer of hope to the visitors. Pierre removes Manish Pandey as India lose their fifth. The match heading for the cliffhanger now.
Glorious shot from Pandey
It wasn’t a bad delivery from Brathwaite but Pandey gave himself room and punched the ball towards the cover region for a boundary. Pandey and Karthik have put India back on track. Meanwhile, Brathwaite ends with outstanding figures of 2/11 in four overs.
Welcome boundaries for India
Poor stuff from Kieron Pollard as he concedes thee boundaries in his first over of the innings. Two deliveries were down leg and Karthik flicked the deliveries for boundaries. Then, Pollard bowled short and Karthik pulled it for a boundary. 12 runs off the over from Pollard.
Good over from Pierre
Debutant Pierre bowls a good first over as he concedes just 3 runs off it. If Windies manage to pick a wicket here, India will be in deep trouble. As things stand, Karthik and Pandey are doing well to steady the ship for India.
Another excellent over from Brathwaite
The Windies skipper concedes just 2 runs from his third over after bowling a wicket maiden previously. 10 overs have been bowled and India’s score reads 54/4. The hosts need 56 off 60 now.
India go past 50
Short delivery from Thomas and Karthik tries to play the pull shot. The ball takes a top edge and goes for a six over deep square leg. With that, India have gone past the 50-run mark in the chase. Thomas ends his full quota of overs with outstanding figures of 2/21 and 17 dot balls.
Wicket maiden for Windies skipper
Carlos Brathwaite is leading from the front as he bowls a wicket maiden to pile on the pressure on the hosts. India are on the back-foot now. Dinesh Karthik has joined Manish Pandey in the middle and the duo will look to steady the ship for the hosts.
KL Rahul loses the plot
India have lost their fourth wicket of the night as KL Rahul plays a nothing shot to get himself dismissed. Rahul hits a short delivery straight into the hands of Bravo at deep square leg. Brathwaite picks his second wicket.
First boundary for Pandey
Manish Pandey scores his first boundary off the innings as he hits bowler Paul over his head for a four down the ground. India will need these two to stay in the middle for as long as possible. Paul concedes 10 runs off his third over as India are nearing 50 now.
India suffer third blow
West Indies continue with their habit of taking wickets at regular intervals as skipper Carlos Brathwaite gets rid of Rishabh Pant for 1. The southpaw top-edges the ball and Bravo takes a good catch on the off-side. Manish Pandey comes out to bat now.
Back to back boundaries
India get two boundaries from the over of Thomas as he concedes 10 runs in total. First, the ball went past everyone for a boundary behind the keeper and then, Rahul flicked the ball of his pads to get a boundary towards fine leg.
Stage set for Pant to shine
Rishabh Pant has ample time in the middle to play a match-winning knock and justify his inclusion in the side. After the fall of Rohit and Dhawan, the onus is now on this pair to take the Indian innings forwards. Paul concedes four runs off his second over.
Classy shot from Rahul
Short and wide from Paul and Rahul rocks on the back foot and hits the ball on the off side for a boundary. India need Rahul to anchor the innings here after the dismissal of the openers.
Thomas strikes again
India have now lost both their openers as Thomas castles Dhawan for 3. The southpaw completely missed the line of the delivery and it rattled the stumps. India have gotten off to the worse start possible.
India need a partnership
Rahul has joined Dhawan in the middle and the two will look to put on a good partnership after the fall of an early wicket. India have got off to a bad start and these two need to steady the ship. Paul concedes four runs off his first over.
Rohit Sharma falls
India have lost their first wicket in the chase as Thomas gets rid of Rohit in the first over. The India skipper edges the ball into the hands of the keeper as the hosts are off to a bad start.
Indian bowlers came to the party as they restricted Windies to 109/8. Kuldeep scalped three wickets while Umesh, Khaleel, Krunal and Bumrah picked one wicket each. Fabian Allen was the top scorer for Windies with 27.
Umesh leaking runs at the end
Umesh Yadav concedes three boundaries in the penultimate over of the innings as Windies go past the 100-run mark. Pierre edged the ball for a boundary and then Paul hit back to back fours on the last two balls of the over.
First wicket in T20Is for Khaleel
Good slower delivery from Khaleel but it takes an edge off the bat of Allen and goes for a boundary past short third man. But on the last ball of the over Allen is caught out at the mid wicket boundary by Umesh for 27. Windies have lost their eight wicket now.
Allen fighting lone battle for Windies
Allen hits his third boundary of the innings off Bumrah as he is adding crucial runs to Windies score. The visitors will want that he remains at the crease till the end and score as many runs as possible. Bumrah concedes 11 runs from his third over of the innings
Rahul drops a chance
Umesh Yadav should have got his second wicket of the innings but KL Rahul dropped a tough chance at long-on. Fabian Allen hit the ball high in the air but Rahul let the ball go in between his hands for a boundary. Umesh concedes seven from his over.
Kuldeep picks his third wicket
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has been on fire as he takes his third wicket of the day in Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite. Kuldeep traps Brathwaite plumb LBW as he departs for just 4. Windies have lost their seventh wicket now.
Krunal’s excellent spell comes to an end
Krunal Pandya finishes with excellent figures of 1/14 in his four overs. The left-arm spinner conceded 10 runs in his first but came back to take the wicket of Pollard and conceded four runs in his final three overs. Outstanding stuff from the debutant.
Kuldeep strikes again
Indian bowlers are on fire as Kudleep picks his second wicket of the day to dismiss Rovman Powell. The right hander failed to read a wrong one from Kuldeep and edges the ball into the hands of wicket-keeper Karthik. Windies have lost their sixth now.
Excellent over from Krunal
Krunal Pandya has grown in confidence since picking the wicket of Kieron Pollard as in his third over of the night he gives away just one runs. He bowled five dots to pile on the pressure on the Windies batsmen.
First wicket of the night for Kuldeep
Windies batsmen are falling line a pack of cards as Darren Bravo becomes the latest batsmen to head back into the hut. The southpaw is caught expertly by Dhawan at long-on as Windies lose half their side.
Maiden wicket for Krunal
Krunal Pandya picks his first wicket of his T20I career as he scalps the prized wicket of Kieron Pollard. In trying to hit another six down the ground, Pollard is caught by Manish Pandey at long-on. Windies have lost their fourth wicket now.
Good over from Kuldeep Yadav
Chinaman Kuldeep bowls a good first over as he concedes just three runs. Indian bowlers are putting pressure on the visitors by keeping the run rate under check.
First six of the innings
Not a good first over in international cricket for Krunal Pandya as he concedes 10 runs off it. Pollard hit the first six of the innings in this over as he thumped the ball straight over the long-on fielder’s head. WI batsmen will look to attack the spinners.
Indian bowlers on top
The Indian pacers have curbed down the flow of runs as Windies have been scoring at the rate of under five. After picking up a wicket in his first over, Bumrah bowls a good second as he concedes just 2. Khaleel has been sensational as well as he has given away just 10 runs in three overs.
Pollard struggling early on
Kieron Pollard has played 13 deliveries so far and he has managed to score just four runs. Windies will hope that their star player will propel them out of trouble as they seek a good partnership here.
Bumrah strikes in his first over
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has scalped the prized wicket of Shimron Hetmyer and the southpaw departs for 10. Hetmyer tried to pull a short delivery but ended up top-edging the ball. Wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik took a good high catch at backward square leg. Indian bowlers are on fire.
Windies batsmen implode as Hope departs
Pathetic piece of running between the wickets from the two Windies batsmen Hetmyer and Hope and it has resulted in the latter going back into the hut. The two batsmen found themselves at the non-striker’s end as KL Rahul and Manish Pandey combine to run-out Hope. Windies have lost their second wicket.
Hetmyer issues early warning
Length delivery from Umesh and Shimron Hetmyer hits a ball on the up for a boundary straight down the ground. If he gets going in the match, Windies will go on to score a big total.
Umesh strikes early
Umesh Yadav has provided India with their first breakthrough of the day as he removes Dinesh Ramdin for 2. The right-hander poked at a delivery outside the off-stump and edge the ball into the hands of wicket-keeper Karthik.
Another good over for Windies
On the last ball of the over from Khaeel Ahmed, Shai Hope edges the ball past diving Dinesh Karthik for a boundary towards fine leg. Eight runs come from the over of Khaleel as well.
Boundaries to start proceedings
Shai Hope slams two boundaries in the first over to illustrate his intentions early on. First he hit a cover drive to open his account and then pulled the ball on the penultimate ball of the over to hit his second four. Good start for the Windies.
The players are out in the middle and the match is about to be begin. Umesh Yadav has the new ball in his hand as he will bowl the first over while Shai Hope and Dinesh Ramdin are opening the innings for Windies.
Skipper Rohit during toss
“No particular reason (for us opting to bowl first). We have played a lot of cricket here and batting second becomes easier and the dew might turn out to be a factor as well. There is no need to make drastic changes and we need to focus on our basics. It’s going to be an exciting series but it’s not going to be easy.
Consecutive Toss victories for India in T20Is. India’s third toss win in last four matches vs Windies. In last sixteen T20Is, whenever India have won the toss they have batted second. They have won 13 out of it, losing out on two instances – one of them against Windies.
India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav
Windies: Rovman Powell, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Dinesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Fabian Allen, Kharry Pierre, Oushane Thomas
India have won the toss and skipper Rohit Sharma has elected to field first. Rohit confirms during the toss that Krunal and Khaleel are making their respective debuts while Umesh Yadav plays in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has been ruled out.
A bowler to be left out of the playing XI?
The Indian seam attack will be led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, which now includes additional variation in the form of left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed. With Krunal Pandya and Khaleel being handed their debut caps, it seems one between Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will be left out.
Two debutants for India
Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed have been handed with their respective T20I caps ahead of the contest. Krunal was part of the Indian T20I squad for England series but he didn’t get a chance to play. As for Khaleel, he impressed in the Asia Cup 2018 and then in the recently concluded ODI series against Windies.
Who will fill Kohli’s boots?
Kohli’s absence would mean KL Rahul will come into the picture while Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant are expected to add firepower in the middle order alongside Krunal Pandya. Pant is expected to fulfil the wicket-keeping responsibilities while Karthik could take on one of the positions in the outfield.
Rohit Sharma’s happy hunting ground
He has a world record score of 264 in ODIs at the Eden Gardens in 2014, besides winning two IPL titles, in 2013 and 2015. He would look to carry his fine form from the ODI series, in which he finished behind Kohli, with 389 runs, at a staggering average of 129.66. Captaincy seems to bring out the best in Sharma who notched up 317 runs (average 105.66) in five innings in their title-winning campaign at the Asia Cup.
India’s woeful T20I record against Windies
India failed to overcome Brathwaite’s men in their last four encounters and the Windies ended the home team’s campaign in the 2016 T20I World Cup, defeating them in the semi-finals in Mumbai. India’s last win against West Indies came way back on March 23, 2014 in the World T20 in Bangladesh.
Visitors eye redemption
Skipper Carlos Brathwaite will be back at the same venue where he hit four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to break the hearts of English fans by winning their second World Twenty20 title in 2016.The Windies, who missed the big names in the Test and ODI series, will be bolstered by the arrival of star players Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard. Andre Russell will be missing out on the series due to injury, according to chairman of selectors Courtney Browne. The stats also favour the World T20 holders who have a five-two record from eight exchanges from 2009-17.
Out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan
Struggling of late, India opener Shikhar Dhawan was seen having a prolonged net session as the left-hander was first enter and last to leave after team’s three-hour session on the eve of the clash. Dropped from the West Indies Test series, Dhawan averaged just 22.40 in five ODI innings against the Windies, managing just 112 runs.
Krunal set for debut
All-rounder Krunal Pandya in all likelihood will make his senior India debut after being named in the final 12 for the clash. Krunal, elder brother of star all-rounder Hardik Pandya, was part of the squad for the three T20I series in England this summer but didn’t get a game. On the eve of the match, Krunal had a lengthy batting session at the nets and also bowled his orthodox left-arm spin under the watchful eyes of bowling coach Bharat Arun.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the first T20I between India and West which will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The hosts thumped Windies in the Test and ODI series respectively and will look to finish off on victory in the T20I series as well. Rohit Sharma will be leading the side in the absence of rested Virat Kohli and he will look to lead the team from the front in this opening clash.