Despite putting up a total of 207/5 on the board, West Indies suffered a defeat at the hands of India as their bowlers failed to defend the target. Looking at the previous scores in Hyderabad, the total of 207 was on a higher side and as the experts reckoned, West Indies were the favourites but Virat Kohli blew away the visiting bowlers with his 94* off 50, which included six big hits.
Despite the defeat, West Indies are unlikely to make a change in their playing XI. Lendl Simmons just managed two runs but is expected to get one more chance. Evin Lewis, who scored a quick-fire 40 off 17, will partner him at the top. Brandon King, who added 51 runs for the second wicket, will also keep his place.
Shimron Hetmyer once again shone just before the auction and his innings of 56 off 41 played a big part in the team crossing 200. He did take his time at the start but once he was set, Hetmyer played some big shots.
Kieron Pollard’s 37 off 19 gave WI’s innings boost but two quick wickets did stutter their progress a bit.
Jason Holder struggled with the ball but his 24* off 9 helped WI cross 200 run-mark. Barring Sheldon Cottrell (4-0-24-1), none of the other WI’s bowlers stepped up. Kesrick Williams, who bagged eight wickets in Afganistan T20Is, went for 60 runs in 3.4 overs while spinner Kharry Pierre leaked 44 runs in his spell – he did take two wickets.
Despite a disappointing show from the bowling department, Pollard is expected to retain the same combination. Nicholas Pooran, who was banned for four matches, will be eligible to play in the second T20I but the vice-captain might find it difficult to get a place in the playing XI.
Like the West Indies, Team India is also not expected to make a change in the playing XI.
West Indies’ likely playing XI: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Jason Holder, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams