Ravi Bishnoi’s two-wicket haul was bolstered by quality hits from Rohit Sharma (40) and Suryakumar Yadav (34*) as India defeated the West Indies by six wickets in the first T20I of the three-match run here at Eden Gardens on Wednesday . With this win, India has taken a 1-0 lead in a three-game series and the second T20I will now be played at the same venue on Friday.
On the hunt for 158, India got off to a fast start as openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan scored 58 runs in the first six overs. The 64-run opening tie finally came to an end in the eighth over when Roston defeated Chase Rohit (40). Chase took his second wicket in the 12th when he knocked off Kishan (35) and India was reduced to 93/2, with 65 runs remaining to win.
In the next over , India got a physical blow when Fabien Allen let Virat Kohli (17) catch by skipper Kieron Pollard in the long off time, meaning two new batters were added — Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav. Pant (8) failed with the bat when he was fired by Sheldon Cottrell and India was reduced to 114/4 in the 15th over.
In the end, Suryakumar (34*) and Venkatesh Iyer (24*) ensured that India booked a six-wicket victory with seven balls left.
Previously, Nicholas Pooran played with the bat when he played a 61-run knockout to help the West Indies post 157/7. Sent off at bat, West Indies started poorly when the visitors lost Brandon King (4) on the fifth ball of the innings.
Kyle Mayers and Nicholas Pooran then scored solidly and after the end of the power playovers, the West Indies score was 44/1. The 47-run tie for the second wicket was broken by Yuzvendra Chahal, as he gave Mayers (31) a leg-before wicket in the seventh over.
Ravi Bishnoi got his first T20I wicket in the 11th over of the innings as he awarded Roston Chase (4) a leg-before wicket. In the same over, Bishnoi sent off Rovman Powell (2) and the visitors were reduced to 74/4. Nicholas Pooran held on to one end-up and the visitors looked for a big finish in the last overs.
In the last four overs, the West Indies added 49 more runs to the total, and in the end, the Caribbean team scored more than 150 runs. Pooran was fired by Harshal Patel, but it wasn’t until the lefthander made a hit of 61. Kieron Pollard (24*) remained unbeaten for the visitors.
Short Scores: West Indies 157/7 (Nicholas Pooran 61, Kyle Mayers 31; Ravi Bishnoi 2-17) vs India 162/4 (Rohit Sharma 40, Ishan Kishan 35; Roston Chase 2-14).
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