Kuldeep, Kartik Stars As India Beat West Indies In The First T-20 International
| 3 months ago
India made a mess of a low-scoring chase on Sunday when Rohit and Co. came to bat in the second innings, losing their top four batsmen inside 45 runs. However, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Kartik held their nerves as they helped India get over the line in a low-scoring affair on Sunday.
Chasing a total of as low as 11O runs in the first T-20 against West Indies, India were expected to finish the game inside 10 overs, considering the number of T-20 specialists Indian Batting line up boasted of. However, it was indeed one of the best spells we witnessed from skipper Carlos and Oshane Thomas which denied India of victory too early. Perhaps, Thomas’ figures of 21/2 in his four overs don’t do justice to the kind of spell we saw from the bowler on Sunday. It had pace, it had bounce and swing too. The six- foot tall kept troubling the India batsmen with short pitch deliveries, bowling every delivery at over 140km/h. He was equally complimented by the Windies Skipper Carlos Brathwaite, who too kept it tight from the other end, leaving India tottering at 45 for five after eight overs. However, it was the Manish-Kartik Partnership which added 38 runs, helping India come closer to the target.
While the left-arm spinner Khary Pierre did rise Windies hope once again when he got the wicket of Manish Pandey in the 15 over, debutant Krunal Pandya made sure he won’t give away his wicket easily, playing shots with easy as his late flourish of 21 runs off nine deliveries helped India win the first T-20 against West Indies in 18 overs.
It was once again a poor show with the bat from the West Indies in the series as Indian bowlers didn’t allow any West Indies’ batsman to get settled and score big runs. West Indies line up on Sunday certainly looked good on paper which included some of their better T-20 batsmen with the likes of Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, etc. However, none of the batsmen took responsibility to help their team set a reasonable target.
With no intention to build a partnership, the men from Carribeans denied the taking singles double. In an attempt to launch the ball out of the ground, players such as Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, and Shimron Hetmyer eventually lost to Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, and Bumrah respectively. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav bamboozled West Indies, who never looked to read his deliveries. Kuldeep ends up with best figures of 3 for 13 on Sunday in his four overs.