The first T20I match of the five-match T20I series between Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and Nicholas Pooran-led West Indies National Cricket Team was played at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad on Friday, July 29.
India National Cricket Team won the first T20I match by 68 runs against West Indies National Cricket to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Also, this was India’s 4th successive win over the hosts on the tour, having already won the three-match ODI series by 3-0.
Earlier, West Indies won the toss and elected to field first in the match. Pacer Alzarri Joseph made his T20I debut and Shimron Hetmyer made his comeback to the side. West Indies fielded one spinner in Akeal Hosein and India, on the other hand, played 3 spinners, including Ravi Bishnoi, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
In the absence of KL Rahul, many expected Rishabh Pant to open the innings for India alongside Rohit Sharma. However, Suryakumar Yadav was given the opening spot. Indian openers batted aggressively and they managed to score 43 runs in the first 4 overs.
Akeal Hosein broke the opening stand of India by dismissing Suryakumar Yadav, who scored 24 runs off 16 balls, on the 4th ball of the 5th over. Obed McCoy dismissed Shreyas Iyer for a 4-ball duck on the 5th ball of the 6th over and at the end of the powerplay, India were at 45/2.
Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and star all-rounder Hardik Pandya failed to make any major contributions with the bat as the 24-year-old was cleaned up by Keemo Paul for 14 and the 28-year-old was dismissed by Alzarri Joseph for 1.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma’s stunning knock came to an end on the 5th ball of the 15th over. He scored 64 runs off 44 balls, including 7 fours and 2 sixes, before being dismissed by Jason Holder.
In the end, India were able to post 190/6 on the board with the help of Dinesh Karthik’s sensational cameo knock. The wicketkeeper-batsman was able to smash 41 runs off 19 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes. He also added 52 runs in just 25 balls with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Chasing the target, West Indies lost the wicket of Kyle Mayers in the 2nd over itself as he was dismissed by left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh. Jason Holder, who was promoted in the batting order, was cleaned up for a duck by Ravindra Jadeja.
Shamarh Brooks was the third West Indies batter to get out inside powerplay as he was castled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Soon Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer and Odean Smith got out and West Indies were reduced to 86/7.
In the end, West Indies got restricted to 122/8. Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 2 wickets each for India while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja bagged one wicket each.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To India vs West Indies 1st T20I:
A fantastic effort to win the T20I series opener. A captain's knock by Rohit Sharma, fine finish by DK and a lethal bowling performance was great to watch.
Well done #TeamIndia! 👏🏻#WIvIND pic.twitter.com/THEUU3DDMh
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 29, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 29, 2022
India beat West Indies by 68 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the T20 series.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 29, 2022
W W W W W W W W W W*
Rohit Sharma Won all matches against WI as a Captain!#INDvsWI
— 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒃𝒂𝒔 (@Shebas_10dulkar) July 29, 2022
The Hardik, DK, Jadeja combo is working well for India. The presence of Hardik allows India to play Jadeja and Jadeja's ability to bat at any no allows DK to play his role perfectly
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 29, 2022
Which trio do you want for T20 World Cup?
Bumrah + Bhuvi + Harshal?
Bumrah + Bhuvi + Arshdeep?
I am leaning towards Arshdeep now…
He has that left-arm angle advantage, bowls at good pace now and has excellent control in all phases.#WIvIND
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) July 29, 2022
Rohit Sharma as Indian captain in T20Is
Win Percentage:- 84.3% pic.twitter.com/ty34nKseDa
— Ken Miles (@kiranreddy__k) July 29, 2022
— Lucky ❤️✨ (@LBerojya) July 29, 2022
The strike rate of Rohit Sharma in T20I since 2021 T20 WC is 146 as an opener.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 29, 2022
Without any doubt, Rohit Sharma is the greatest opener and captain in white ball cricket.
— Vishal. (@SportyVishal) July 29, 2022
— Ayush Tiwari4️⃣5️⃣ (@Ayush_Tiwarii45) July 29, 2022
Good to see Ashwin justifying his selection today. 2 big wickets of Pooran & Hetmyer and provided some support to DK at the end with the bat. https://t.co/2qbtlMEQ4i
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) July 29, 2022
What DK has done is a great life lesson for anyone. Clear Vision, Clarity of Thought, Work very hard towards that and then hope to execute to the best of your ability. He has done this at 37. Hope he can go on to achieve that one final goal of his. #IndvsWI
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) July 29, 2022
West Indies is struggling to score 100 on this pitch and Rohit Sharma scored 64 alone and made it look like a flat track. This is his greatness @ImRo45 🐐
— ANSHUMAN🚩 (@AvengerReturns) July 29, 2022
— Abhishek 💙 (@imAb_45) July 29, 2022
— Muffadal Vohra (@Imkrrishh18) July 29, 2022
— YaswanthParla (@ParlaYaswanth) July 29, 2022
This is India’s fifth consecutive T20I win against West Indies.
Rohit Sharma’s win% in T20Is as a captain now is 84.38%.#WIvsIND
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) July 29, 2022
Rohit Sharma Today :
• 64(44) in tough batting conditions
• Became highest run scorer in T20I
• Top scored in the match
• Brillaint Captaincy and Bowling changes
• Restricted dangerous WI batting lineup to 122@ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/p2x51jOTpC
— Kaygee18 (@Kaygee1803) July 29, 2022
Rohit Sharma registers a win in his 50th match as Indian captain.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 29, 2022
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