Indian Won the first T20 against West Indies by 4 Wickets | Navdeep Saini became MAN OF THE MATCH.
India defeated the West Indies by four wickets in the first T-20 match at the Central Broward Regional Stadium on Saturday. While this victory has once again shown the strength of Indian bowling, his batsmen disappointed. With this, India has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match T-20 series. Winning the toss, India did not allow the world’s smallest format of the game, the world champion, to move ahead of the 95-run loss to nine wickets in 20 overs. Fast bowler Navdeep Saini, playing his first international match for India, took 3 wickets.
For India, however, achieving this goal proved to be a tough one. He lost six wickets to achieve the 96th goal and achieved the target in 17.2 overs. India’s senior batsmen could not survive to the end, while the young batsmen also hurried wickets due to wrong shot selection. India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma contributed the most 24 runs but Rohit’s opening partner Shikhar Dhawan could score only one run. Dhawan, who was returning from a thumb injury, was lbw out to Sheldon Cottrell on the last ball of the second over. Virat Kohli (19) and Rohit provided 32 runs for the team. Here Naren sent Rohit to the pavilion. Young batsman Rishabh Pant was in a hurry to hit a six as soon as he came and was caught on the very first ball by Cottrell near the boundary line. Manish Pandey was playing well, but Chemo Paul’s delivery took his crib for scatter. Pandey scored 19 runs.
India lost four wickets for 64 runs. Although Kohli was at the other end but after five runs he too was dismissed for a wrong shot. Krunal Pandya could not take his innings beyond 12 runs. Paul sent Pandya to 88 for the pavilion. Ravindra Jadeja returned unbeaten by 10 runs. Washington Sundar (8 not out) gave India the victory by hitting six. Paul, Naren and Cotrell earned two successes for the Windyend. Earlier, the West Indies batsmen continued to lose wickets in a hurry to make quick runs. Only Kieron Pollard has the courage to bat on with patience and he has scored 49 runs for his team. John Campwell tried to play a big shot on the second ball of the first over, thrown by Sunder and gave catch to Pandya. The West Indies lost one wicket without opening the account.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar also dropped the wicket of second opener Evin Lewis on the total score of eight. Nicholas Pooran (20), along with Pollard, tried to take over the team but Saini took the wicket off the bat of Puran and the Windies lost their third wicket for 28 runs. Apart from Pollard, only Puran has entered the double figures for the Windies. Saini sent Shimran Hetmyer on the next ball without opening the account. Rowman Powell became the victim of Khalil Ahmed on a personal score of four. His departure saw the Windies score five wickets for 33 runs. Pollard made some quick runs here. He along with captain Carlos Brathwaite added 34 runs for the sixth wicket. Of these, the captain had scored only nine runs and he fell victim to Pandya on a total score of 67.
Ravindra Jadeja, Naren (2) and Bhuvneshwar bowled Paul (3) to take the West Indies’ score of 88 for eight wickets. Finally Pollard was expected to make runs but he could not do much. Saini lbw him on the third ball of the last over. Pollard faced 49 balls and added four fours and two fours. Apart from Saini, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took two wickets for India. Sunder, Ahmed, Pandya and Jadeja got one wicket each. (Input agency)