India vs Windies 2018 | Rohit Sharma |

Last Update on: November 4th, 2018 at 10:37 pm

Team India held nerves to seal the opening encounter of the three-match T20I series beating Windies by five wickets in a close fixture at the Eden Gardens.

Meanwhile, the new ball bowlers provided India with a good start following Rohit Sharma’s decision to opt bowl first. Umesh Yadav drew the first blood dismissing Denesh Ramdin in third over. Shai Hope was soon to follow with a brilliant piece of effort in the field from Manish Pandey and KL Rahul.

India continued their wickets taking spree as Windies struggled to offer any resistance. Shimron Hetmyer, who looked in good touch in the one-day internationals edged one to Dinesh Karthik off Jasprit Bumrah to put the visitors into more trouble. Reeling at 28 for three in 4.4 overs, debutant Krunal Pandya announced his arrival dismissing the dangerous looking Keiron Pollard.

Pollard, who returned to the international side after few months, showed some hint of form. He looked to steady the ship adding 14 runs before Pandya dismissed Pollard out.

Since then it was Kuldeep Yadav, who with his three-wicket haul put Windies on backfoot before Fabien Allen’s late contribution helped them go past the 100-run mark.

India vs Windies 2018: 1st T20I - Twitter Erupts as India Goes 1-0 Up In The Series

With 110 runs to chase, it was an easy looking target considering India’s heavyweight batting line-up. However, Windies struck in the first over to halt India’s run chase as Oshane Thomas had Rohit Sharma edged to Ramdin. Thomas continued his excellent form to rattle Shikhar Dhawan’s timber to put India on 16 for two within three overs.

The Caribbeans continued to surprise the host sending four of their batters back to the pavilion with only 45 runs in the scoreboard. Since then, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey shared a crucial stand almost to steer India home. Although Pandey (19) departed, Karthik partnered debutant Krunal Pandya to take his side home.

The men in blues no lead the series 1-0 with two matches still to play.

Here is how the Twitter reacted as India beat Windies by wickets to go 1-0 up in the series:


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