The Indian team posted 288 runs after the West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard won the toss and decided to bowl first. The hosts got off to a bad start as they lost their in-form batsman KL Rahul. The stylish batsman was looking to work the ball on the leg side but managed a top edge that looped to Shimron Hetmyer. Subsequently, the Windies were able to strike gold as they got the big wicket of Virat Kohli.
The Indian skipper was looking to run down the ball towards the third man but chopped the ball back on to the stumps. The onus was then on the shoulders of two Mumbai batsman – Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer. Both the right-handers added 50 runs for the fourth wicket alliance but Rohit was dismissed when he could not time a short ball from Alazarri Joseph and gave a simple catch to skipper Kieron Pollard.
It should be a par score.
However, Shreyas Iyer was able to continue his good form going. The right-hander has grabbed his opportunity while batting at number four position as he scored a fine knock of 70 runs from 88 balls with the help of five fours and one six.
The under-fire Rishabh Pant was also able to get back in form. The southpaw batsman who has been criticized for his current form was finally able to deliver the goods.
The wicket-keeper batsman scored 71 runs from 69 balls with the help of seven fours and one six. The 23-year old adopted the cautious approach in the initial phase of his innings and then changed gears to take on the West Indies bowlers.
Subsequently, Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja added the finishing touches to the Indian innings. Jadhav scored 40 runs from 35 balls whereas Ravindra Jadeja scored runs from balls. Sheldon Cottrell and Alazarri Joseph scalped two wickets apiece.
Here is how Twitter reacted to India’s innings:
— G. S. Vivek (@GSV1980) December 15, 2019
One of the better innings I have seen from Rishabh Pant. Seems restrained and yet is better than run a ball. Hopefully this partnership with Iyer is a peep into the future of India's middle order batting.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 15, 2019
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 15, 2019
— Sai (@akakrcb6) December 15, 2019
— VINAYAK S K (@vinayakempire85) December 15, 2019
Right decision but wrong process. Jadeja out but the umpire is using replays, could send a dangerous precedent.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 15, 2019
*India lose top order early*
World Cup 2019: An inexperienced Pant and out of form Karthik walk out to bat.
Bilateral series: In-form Shreyas Iyer comes out to bat.#INDvWI
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) December 15, 2019
Brilliant knock from Pant this. In terms of adaptability, shot selection, playing match situation… should be a building block for him to learn and assimilate in his game play… and maybe try to do this consistently. #IndvWI
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 15, 2019
Chepauk going 'Rishabh Pant, Rishabh Pant'.. Tears in my eyes😍😍
— Harisankar (@harish_staycalm) December 15, 2019
RI-SHABH PANT RI-SHABH PANT chants in Chennai.
Couldn't get any better. #INDvWI
— Manya (@CSKian716) December 15, 2019
— Braveboy007 (@braveboy998) December 15, 2019
Pant scores a 50. Meanwhile CSK and Dhoni fans in Chepauk : pic.twitter.com/cyCfKFcNAi
— Frank Iyer (@FranklinnnMJ) December 15, 2019
— Riya Dubey (@readubey) December 15, 2019
Kind of fight back you expect from your Middle order when your top order fails, scintillating half century by both Iyer and Pant. Iyer playing it calmly whereas Pant is the aggressor in the partnership!
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 15, 2019
West Indies over-rate is a reminder to the golden of ODIs, when ODIs were too many and never-ending #INDvWI
— Amol Karhadkar (@karhacter) December 15, 2019
21 balls 22 for Jadeja, 35 balls 40 for Jadhav while batting in last 10 overs without any attacking intent. Proper selfish cricket. #IndvWI
— Wanderer (@DisDatNothin) December 15, 2019