Carlos Brathwaite
Carlos Brathwaite. (Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: August 4th, 2019 at 04:05 pm

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Carlos Brathwaite-led West Indies put up a good fight against India in the first T20I but eventually lost the low-scoring game by four wickets.

Asked to bat first, West Indies were off to a disastrous start with both their openers – John Campbell and Evin Lewis – back in the hut without even opening their accounts.  Washington Sundar struck on the very second ball of the game to send back John Campbell before Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Evin Lewis for a duck leave West Indies reeling at 8 for 2.  Half of the West Indies team was back in the hut with just 33 runs on the board.

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At one stage, it looked like the hosts would struggle to even cross the 50-run mark but Kieron Pollard’s 49-run knock gave some respectability to the total. West Indies ended their innings on 95 for 9 with just two batsmen managing to cross the double-digit mark. For India, debutant Navdeep Saini was the pick of the bowler, picking up 3 for 17 while Bhuvneshwar picked up 2 for 19.

India, in reply, did not look convincing with the bat either and reached the target in the 18th over by losing six wickets. None of the Indian batsmen looked much convincing but with not much to chase, the team managed to cross the finishing line.

Speaking at the end of the game, Carlos Brathwaite rued his team’s failure to asses the conditions. He also had a word of praise for Pollard and Sunil Narine as he said:

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“We didn’t assess the conditions well. Kudos to Polly for leading the team with the bat. 130-140 would have been good on that wicket. The message would be to keep the intent up as we as West Indies do in general. Sunil’s four overs are very important. The pacers did well to set it up as well.”