India Vs Windies 2019/20: First T20I – Dominant Virat Kohli, KL Rahul Help India To Successfully Chase 208 Runs Target
The hosts India have taken the 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Windies after winning the first game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium (Uppal, Hyderabad) on Friday (6th December) night.
After winning the toss, Indian captain Virat Kohli chose to field first. Windies batsmen managed to put the first innings total of 207/5 (20 overs). But captain Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 94 and the opener KL Rahul‘s 62 helped the hosts to clinch a comfortable victory in this series opener.
India chased down the 200+ target in 18.4 overs after losing four wickets
After the 30 runs partnership for the opening wicket, Indian opener Rohit Sharma was dismissed for eight runs. But another opener KL Rahul and the skipper Virat Kohli dominated in that big chasing. They had a 100-run partnership for the second wicket while Rahul reached the 50-run mark in 37 balls. After playing a brilliant knock of 62 runs off 40 balls (5 fours and 4 sixes), Rahul lost his wicket in the crucial period of the match. In the next over of that dismissal, Kohli completed his half-century in 35 balls.
Though Rishabh Pant (18 runs off 9 balls) again failed to bat longer and the birthday boy Shreyas Iyer (4 runs) was sent back to the pavilion cheaply, the Indian skipper was enough to chase India’s highest T20I target successfully.
Virat Kohli remained not out on 94 runs off 50 balls (6 fours and 6 sixes) as India chase that 208 runs target in 18.4 overs after losing four wickets.
Windies left-arm spinner Khary Pierre (2/44) bagged two wickets, and Sheldon Cottrell (1/24) and Kieron Pollard (1/10) managed to claim one wicket each. The visiting bowlers also conceded 23 runs in extras, including 14 wides and three in no-balls.
Sloppy fielding helped Windies to reach the 200+ total
Indian pacer Deepak Chahar provided a good start as he dismissed Windies opening batsman Lendl Simmons (2) cheaply. However, the next Windies batsmen handled that situation very well, and they managed to put a big first-innings total.
In the mandatory powerplay, the visitors managed to score 66/2. Evin Lewis dominated in that powerplay before losing his wicket after scoring 40 runs in just 17 balls (3 fours and 4 sixes). For the second wicket, Lewis had a 51-run partnership with Brandon King.
After scoring 31 runs (23 balls), King was stumped out. However, Shimron Hetmyer and captain Kieron Pollard continued the firing batting. During that partnership, some sloppy fielding cost runs as well as India also failed to take wickets. Hetmyer completed his maiden T20I half-century in 35 balls.
After the 71 runs partnership between Hetmyer and Pollard for the fourth wicket, Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed both these set batsmen in the 18th over of that innings. While Hetmyer scored 56 runs off 41 balls (2 fours and 4 sixes), Pollard scored 37 off 19 balls (only four and 4 sixes).
At the end of that innings, Jason Holder (24 not out off 9 balls; only four and 2 sixes) played a useful cameo that secured the 200+ total in the first innings.
Among the Indian bowlers, Yuzvendra Chahal (2/36) scalped two wickets while Washington Sundar (1/34), Deepak Chahar (1/56) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/30) took one wicket each.
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