Kolkata T20I: Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav highlight India’s 5-wicket win over West Indies

first_imgDinesh Karthik’s experience held India in good stead in the end as they beat West Indies by 5 wickets in the first T20 international in Kolkata on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Chasing a modest 110 for victory, India were rocked early by the Windies pacers but Karthik remained calm under pressure to take the team over the line at Eden Gardens with 13 balls to spare.Karthik remained unbeaten on 31 off 34 balls with three boundaries and a six to top-score for the Men in Blue.India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Report | Highlights | GalleryIndia’s run chase got off to the worst-possible start with debutant Oshane Thomas getting rid of captain Rohit Sharma (6) in the first over itself.Thomas then doubled Windies’ joy as he uprooted Shikhar Dhawan’s middle stump for 3 with sheer pace in the third over.Krunal Pandya wanted to bowl to Kieron Pollard and got him out: Rohit SharmaRishabh Pant (1) and KL Rahul (16) also didn’t last long as Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite sent them back in the pavilion in quick succession.With India tottering at 45 for 4, Karthik and Manish Pandey joined forces and steadied the ship before adding 38 runs for the fifth wicket.Also Read – Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer in comical run outPandey fell at a crucial juncture after having scored 19 runs off 24 balls.Dubtant Krunal Pandya then came to the crease and took the pressure off Karthik with a quickfire 21 not out off 9 balls which included three boundaries.Krunal and Karthik added 27 runs for the sixth wicket to take India over the finish line in the 18th over with the former hitting the winning runs.advertisementAlso Read – Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed make T20I debuts in KolkataIt’s all over here at the Eden Gardens.#TeamIndia win by 5 wickets #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/zxDu8K9EYzBCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 2018Earlier, Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and all-rounder Krunal spun a web around the West Indies batsmen in a joint spell of eight overs to restrict them to a paltry 109 for 8 in 20 overs after India opted to bowl first.Also Read – India vs West Indies 1st T20I in Kolkata: As it happenedThe Windies were reduced to 34/3 in seven overs when Pandya — who had misfielded in only the second ball of the innings — was brought in.The elder brother of injured Hardik got rid of comeback man Kieron Pollard and gave away just 15 runs while senior pro Kuldeep scalped three wickets leaking 13 runs.After 15 overs, the tourists had managed just 63 runs, losing 7 wickets.Fabien Allen top-scored for the Windies with a counter-attacking 27 off 20 balls (4×4) while Keemo Paul remained unbeaten on 15 alongwith Khari Pierre (9 not out).West Indies crossed the 100-run mark riding a big 19th over which fetched 16 runs off Umesh Yadav (1/36).Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) and debutant Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) also got a wicket apiece.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more