India and West Indies are facing each other in the first of the three T20Is in Kolkata. Rohit Sharma won the toss and asked West Indies to bat first. Riding on Nicholas Pooran‘s 61 off 63 balls, The visitors scored 157/6 in their 20 overs. Pollard scored a 19-ball 24 batting down at number seven.
Rohit Sharma went off the blocks early with India chasing 158 to win. He along with Ishan Kishan added a 50-run partnership inside the powerplay. They both hit some big shots to all the Windies bowlers. Rohit especially looked in good touch hitting four fours and three sixes in his innings of 19-ball 40.
Rohit Sharma Scored A 19 Ball-40 In First T20I vs West Indies
However, his innings was cut short by Odean Smith who took a smart catch in the mid-wicket boundary. Roston Chase bowled it slow as Rohit Sharma swept the ball hard. The ball hit the middle of his bat and went high into the might sky. However, Smith kept his cool and judged the catch to perfection as he kept himself balanced inside the boundary line while taking the catch.
The partnership between Rohit and Kishan started to flourish and it was very timely wicket for the visitors. The Windies bowlers found it difficult to stop the initial onslaught by the Indian openers but the introduction of spin slowed the run-rate down.
Earlier in the game, Ravi Bishnoi made his international debut for India. He bowled a spell of 2/17 taking those two wickets in the same over. The Indian teammates congratulated Bishnoi on his outing after the first innings. The wrist-spinner spoke about his performance in the game in the mid-innings break.
“I was a bit nervous and excited. I had thought there was more space behind me and hence took the extra step (on his catch). I was just trying to bowl stump to stump and not give them room because they have the power to clear the boundary. The dew is there but it is a good total and the ball was sticking early on, but will come on nicely now because of the dew” said Bishnoi.