India vs West Indies, 1st T20I Highlights: As it happened
It wasn’t all too easy for India in the end. They beat West Indies by four wickets on a tricky Florida pitch, credit their batting depth and some fine bowling led by debutant Navdeep Saini.
Two things. West Indies were expected to go all guns blazing, they couldn't even hold their own except for Pollard. Also, you're wrong to think that this chase would be a cakewalk for India--they were saved by their batting depth. It's pivotal that you assess the conditions well before setting a target in mind; the Windies failed to do so on a sticky wicket. Deubutant Navdeep Saini led the bowling charts with 4-1-17-3, Pollard unbelievably missed a full toss to be out on 49, and West Indies posted a paltry 98. India, in reponse, lost their three wickets at 32 too, with Rishabh Pant having been dismissed for a golden duck. The hosts kept chipping wickets, but they didn't have enough on board to push India to the edge. In the end, it was one of the three spinner all-rounder that hit the winning run--a SIX!
Indian cricket sides today:— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 3, 2019
- India U19 beat Eng U19 by 1 wkt @ Chelmsford in England (U19 ODI)
- India A beat W Indies A by 7 wkts @ Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago (A-Test)
- India beat W Indies by 4 wkts @ Lauderhill in the US (T20I)
All inside 40 minutes!#IndvWI #IndvsWI
India win the match by 4 wickets
Washington Sundar finished the game with a SIX! That's a fantstastic way to finish the game--a six over long-on with a straight-batted loft. And just like that, India have won the first T20 game against West Indies.
This is beautiful bowling from Keemo Paul! Never losing the heart even when victory seems far, far away. Krunal Pandya's off-stump is knocked back! It's the late swing that has done the trick.
India are 89/6 after 16 overs, and require 8 more runs to win.
India close to winning this!
West Indies' feilders body language doesn't really effuse much enthusiasm. A clumsy misfileding from Ewin Lewis at deep cover helps Jadeja run three runs. Three more runs come the next ball, this time off Krunal Pandya's bat. He clobbers the next ball over deep midwicket for an imperious looking boundary.
India are 85/5 after 15 overs, and require 11 runs more from 30 balls.
Is this the opening West Indies were looking for? Kohli has tope-edged the pull straight to midwicket. The absolute lack of pace does him, and Cottrell brings on his trademark salute! This surface really is tricky. He's bitterly disappointed with himself. The game is on!
Meanwhile, he's bowled two back-to-back wides to Jadeja. He takes a couple from the last bowl.
India are 73/5 after 14 overs, and require 23 runs from 6.0 overs.
Braithwaite goes for a boundary, too!
India have been looking to strike a boundary every over--and that, on the very first ball in the last 3-4 overs. It becomes relatively easy after that, doesn't it? Just knockin' around, and taking a single or two here and there. This shouldn't trouble India at all. Kohli, the master of chase, and Pandey speeding their way to victory!
Oh, and just as I typed this, Pandey has been cleaned up by a fuller delivery from Keemo Paul. A good mix up of cutters, and a yorker that slipped right in. The off-stump takes a cartwheel.
India are 66/4 after 12 overs, and need another 30 runs in 8 overs.
Thomas is back!
And my, that's a gorgeous looking drive from Manish Pandey first ball! Sublime timing. Made such a sweet sound as he made contact. Imperious! The number 4 spot is still up for grabs and it will be interesting to watch how Shreyas Iyer and Pandey maximise their opportunity. It's a difficult proposition for them as India's top 3 is the very best in the business and they'll have to make most of whatever comes their way.
India 52/3 after 10 overs.
Keemo Paul into the attack
...and Kohli greets him with a boundary. A fuller ball, and Kohli drilled it down the ground past mid off for a four. India take eight runs from that over.
Narine finishes his over quickly, giving away just three runs from the ninth over. But India don't have to worry here. They need 52 runs from 11 overs, which means that the required run rate is under 5rpo.
Sharma, Pant depart in quick succession!
That's really uncharacteristic of Rohit. An ugly shot that, trying to clear the ropes but didn't quite get underneath the length. A shot like that wasn't warranted at this point of the match, but that's the way he plays. And that's what has fetched results--for him and the team.
Oh, dear! Now, it's Rishabh Pant. He has swept it straight to deep square! The very first ball! A slog sweep from outside off against the turn, top edge, and that's the end of Pant. Windies are back in the game!
India are 33/3 after 7.0 overs.
11 runs from 6th over
Cottrell onto his third over. Captain Braithwaite is deperately looking for another wicket. He knows that a wicket here will expose India's brittle middle-order.
But Rohit has other plans. He got under the length delivery and hoicked it across the line to send it over mid-on. Didn't time it well! But a couple balls later, he did! And he did with some style! Absolutely crunched the ball over the covers for a SIX!
India are 31/1 after 6 overs
Narine to Rohit: FOUR!
Rohit Sharma is looking to go after Sunil Narine. He doesn't him to settle. He sliced the second delivery between point and short third man for a four; the very next delivery, he looked to hoick him over deep-midwicket but the ball hits his pads. Nevertheless, India take seven runs from Narine's first.
Narine vs Rohit (T20s)
India are 20/1 after 5 overs.
A yorker-laced fourth over!
That is some bowling from Sheldon Cottrell! The left-arm seamer brining in to the right-handed batsmen--and that, too, at searing pace! He has either yorked and been full to both Rohit and Virat Kohli.
Two runs come from that over and India are 13/1 after 4 overs.
Sharma hits a SIX!
You don't ball short to Rohit Sharma! Thomas does, and gets smashed for a six. However, Rohit didn't look in total control of that pull but he wouldn't mind watching the ball sail over fine leg for a six! The fourth ball was half-a-chace when he almost holed out to Cottrell at third man trying to ramp the ball.
India are 11/1 after 3.0 overs
OUT! Dhawan departs
Dhawan was feeling his way back into the international cricket. He goes for a hoick across the line only to miss it. The ball struck the back pad and it seemed plumb enough for the batter not to review it. It still looks like a tricky wicket, and the Indian batsmen need to be watchful.
India are 4/1 after 2.0 overs
Sharma, Dhawan begin the chase
Rohit and Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Thomas opens the attack. Bowling short and length deliveries.
Sharma and Dhawan take a single each, but the fifthb delivery has Rohit in trouble. A length wide outside off and Rohit throws his bat at it only to miss it. No damage done!
India are 2/0 after 1.0 over
WI end their innings at 95/9
Brilliant brilliant bowling display from the Men in Blues in the field. This leaves India with a modest chase. Navdeep Saini with a debut to remember. Got carted for six off his second delivery, but roared back with back-to-back wickets--and who can forget that maiden wicket last over! This is the ninth time India has dismissed/restricted an opponent to a sub 100 total in T20Is.
Saini gets Pollard!
Back-to-back yorkers from Saini, and that's two dots in a row. The third one is a full-toss and it's struck him on the thigh pad. Rishabh Pant yells, "HOWZZAT!"--forces captain Kohli to take a review. And tell you what, it's OUT! Pollard's gone off a full toss! And that's wicket number 3 for Saini.
And that's a M-A-I-D-E-N wicket last over from Navdeep Saini. Take that for death over bowling!
That's no 8!
India continue picking wickets despite Pollard holding one end steady. But he can do only so much! Keemo Paul looks to pull, gets it very high on the bat as this skews to the off side with the bat face turning in his hand. Virat Kohli from extra cover circles around and completes the catch.
And once again, Pollard reads Bhuvi's slower one and dispatches the ball way over deep square for a SIX! Incredible hit, that! However, even after that six, WI take only seven from the 19th over.
WI 95/8 after 19 overs.
Saini for the 18th over
This is good. Captain Virat Kohli is testing debutant Navdeep Saini with the death over--another crucial measure of one's effectiveness in the limited-overs format.
Tell you what, it's a pressure game for him. He is looking for that yorker but ends up with three full-toss, one that Pollard smoked over deep mid-wicket for a massive six!
WI are 88/7 after 18 overs.
Pollard is key
Pollard has been extremely successful batting at #4 in recent times. Since the start of 2017 in T20s, he's played 18 innings striking at 159.4. Of the 40 players to have faced 300+ balls in the timeline, only de Villiers (163.6) & Pant (161.4) have a better strike rate. #WIvIND— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 3, 2019
A cross-batted swipe and Pollard manages to find the gap in front of square on the leg-side. Credit that four, Windies managed eight runs from that Bhuvi over.
WI are 78/7 after 17 overs.
Narine doesn't trouble much!
This has gone from bad to worse. Narine was launching every ball in the air and it was only a matter of time that one reached the fielder. A fine catch at the boundary by Khaleel running to his right from deep square. Narine couldn't get the power he wanted to smoke that short ball way past the boundary line.
India have done everything right here. The captain and the team is all smiles. They just need to finish things off without giving too much.
WI 70/7 after 16 overs.
That's a caught and bowled for Krunal Pandya. The captain Carlos Braithwaite can't carry his team to a good total. Brathwaite plays a flat-batted pull and the ball was travelling but Pandya swivels and lobs it up with relative ease.
Sunil Narine is the next man in, and tell you what, he's been looking to strike every ball. The ball is ballooning and bouncing, short of fielders every time.
WI are 70/6 after 15 overs.
A third-umpire call and a SIX!
A little bit of drift and spin and Pollard is beaten all ends up. Keeper Pant shoutsm"Howzaat, Howzaat" for a stumping and the square leg umpires takes the matter upstairs. The back foot was in the air for a split-second before it came down in the nick of time.
Krunal pitches the fifth delivery a little fuller, and Pollard latches onto it and dismisses it over the cow corner for a huge six. He isn't looking to take it deep, here. He has rescued Mumbai Indians a lot many times from top order collapses, can he do it for his country?
WI are 63/5 after 13 overs.
Pollard smokes Jadeja for a SIX!
Pollard steps out and goes through with the stroke to clear the ropes! A one-handed six! Another batsman would've had their heart in their mouths because this was a miscue, but not Pollard. That should calm some nerves in the Windies' camp.
Nine runs from that over, and WI are 54/5 after 12 overs.
That's a maiden from Krunal!
Now, that's a rarity--a maiden over in T20. But such is the situation that West Indies' batsmen have put themselves in, credit some ridiculous stroke selection and a brilliant bowling attack from Indian young guns.
WI are 45/5 after 11 overs
WI 45/5 after 10.0 overs
Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja have been brought into the attack. Pandya gave away six runs--credit a four off the last delivery--and Jadeja just two from the tenth. Nonetheless, India are in total control of the match after a couple wickets from debutant Navdeep Saini, and a wicket each from Khaleel, Bhuvi, and Washington Sundar.
Khaleel Ahmed, India's left-arm pacer
Khaleel Ahmed is one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the Indian domestic circuit. Since the start of 2018, he has taken 59 wickets in the format--no Indian player has taken more wickets in the timeline.
Just three runs from his second over, and WI are 37/5 after 8 overs.
Saini got Pooran off a quicker one, alright!
The ball that dismissed Nicolas Pooran was 139.5 kph - the quickest delivery he had faced in his stay in the crease today. #WIvIND— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 3, 2019
Just one run from his second over. India should nurture Saini. He can be a good fast bowling option in oversees condition especially in Australia and South Africa.
WI are 34/5 after 7 overs.
Them falling like nine pins!
Khaleel Ahmed comes into the attack, and takes a wicket! It's a crazy good party, and beer's available for free! There is something horribly wrong with the Windies' approach. They have lost their fifth wicket inside the first Powerplay (6 overs). A slower ball well wide of off, and Powell pokes at it for some unknown reason. Pant takes a good diving catch coming forward.
WI are 33/5 after 6 overs.
A dream debut for Navdeep Saini!
Navdeep Saini can bowl quick, seriously quick. But Nicholas Pooran is too good for him--or is he? He takes him for a six second ball, and the fourth delivery, Navdeep gets his man. Pooran as looking to go aggressive, but he's done by a short of a length delivery from Saini.
In the end, it took only four balls for him to get his maiden international cricket. Superb!
Oh, wait! There's another one! Saini is too good. A golden duck for Shimron Hetmeyer! He dragged the short delivery just outside off stump onto the stumps.
Saini is on a hat-trick on debut! But Rovman Powell lets the ball go outside off stump.
WI are 28/4 after 5.0 overs
Washington Sundar, take a bow!
Pooran on the charge
A four first ball; a six on second: Nicholas Pooran has carried his form from the World Cup. He is putting the pressure back on India, who dismissed both the Windies openers for a duck. But then, Sundar made a strong comeback conceding just two more runs from the next four deliveries.
Evin Lewis vs India (T20I):
100(49) Lauderhill 2016
7(6) Lauderhill 2016
125(62)* Kingston 2017
0 (4) Florida, 2019*
WI are 20/2 after 3.0 overs
Nicholas Pooran, the leading run scorer for West Indies in the World Cup 2019, charges down first ball against Bhuneshwar Kumar. The ball never touched the bat--and he got beat again on the third delivery. Brilliant bowling this from Bhuvi, he is mixing the pace well.
Oh, and just like that, another one bites the dust. Bowled 'em! With the knuckle ball! Evin Lewis follows his partner and is dismissed for a duck, as well. This is disastrous start for West Indies.
Both WI openers dismissed for a duck (T20I):
- C Gayle & C Walton v NZ Mount Maunganui 2018
- J Campbell & E Lewis v Ind Lauderhill 2019
WI are 8/2 after 2.0 overs
Washington Sundar STRIKES 2nd ball
As he has done for the umpteenth time in the Indian Premier League (IPL). It is bright and sunny in Florida and the conditions looks absolutely pristine.
Oh, what do we have here? A wicket second ball! Sensational stuff! John Campbell slaps straight to deep midwicket! Flat and straight to Krunal Pandya.
Ahh! A great start for India, but not so much for Rishabh Pant. He fails to grab the fall sliding down the leg side, and the ball goes for a boundary through fine leg for 5-wides.
WI are 6/1 after 1 over
India's playing XI conundrum
Indian team management rested Chahal and picked Rahul Chahar--and then they didn't hand him his first international cap. Choosing one between Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja would have been tough especially after the knock Jadeja played against New Zealand. So, team management have opted to play both which means India are playing with only five genuine batsmen.
No Chahar brother; debut for Navdeep Saini
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant(w), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, K Khaleel Ahmed
West Indies (playing XI): John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
India win the toss, bowl first
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss, and has chosen to ball first. "This wicket has been under covers so there might be a bit of moisture. It is always good to get on the park. We are pretty fine now," the captain says.
The West Indies have won as many matches as India (5) in their 11 T20I encounters till date. However, in the Caribbean nation, the hosts have a dominating 3-1 H2H record against India in five matches with one ending in no result.
West Indies squad: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicolas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble, Andre Russell, Khary Pierre.
India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
It was our collective dream to play for India - Chahar brothers— BCCI (@BCCI) August 2, 2019
From bowling on cement tracks to donning the India blue together - we track the lovely story of Deepak & Rahul Chahar - by @28anand
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Dre Russ is a no-show
All-rounder Andre Russell has ruled himself out of the first couple of T20 Internationals against India due to discomfort in his surgically-repaired knee at the Global T20 Canada. "He really wanted to play, he really wanted to come and show off his skills and show off what he does in franchise cricket for the West Indies,” West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite told ICC.