Ind Vs WI 1st T20: Karthik And Krunal Pandya Powers India To 5-Wicket Win Over Windies

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| November 5 , 2018 , 16:12 IST

Rohit Sharma led-Indian team hammered Windies team by 5-wickets in the first of the three T20 Internationals series, in Eden Garden, Kolkata, on Sunday.

Riding high on chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav's 3-fer (3/13) and debutant left-arm orthodox spinner Krunal Pandya (1/15) spun a web around the West Indies batsmen in a joint spell of eight overs as the visitors were restricted to 109/8 after Indian Skipper choose to bowl first.

While chasing the target the Indians lost early wickets, but Dinesh Karthik innings of 31 not out (34 b, 3x4, 1x6), along with a quickfire inning of Krunal Pandya (21 not out; 9b, 3x4) ensured that team must reach over the line with 13 balls to spare.

It was a memorable night for Yadav, who was not only adjudged man of the match but also reached the landmark of 100 wickets in the T20 format when he got his third victim by getting West Indies skipper Carlos Brathwaite leg before.

The Indian reply began on back foot, with the big wicket of stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma (6) falling, only six balls into the innings.

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Debutant pacer Oshane Thomas (2/21) sent down a delectable stuff and took Sharma's inside edge. Dinesh Ramdin took the diving catch to his left behind the stumps, much to the dismay of the 40 thousand plus spectators, who had hoped to see another cracker of a knock from the Mumbaikar on his favourite ground.

There was high drama as the umpire initially remained unmoved by the vociferous appeal from the Caribbeans, but changed his decision after Brathwaite went for a review, that confirmed an inside edge.

Thomas got another breakthrough in his next over. This time the victim was the other opener Shikhar Dhawan(3), India were 16/2.

Brathwaite then saw the back of Rishabh Pant (1), as the youngster went for a slog, but only managed an inside edge straight to the Darren Bravo at the point.

K.L Rahul (16; 22b, 2x4)also returned to the hut in Brathwaite's next over. The Indian batsman perfectly executed a pull shot but was devastated to find it finish in the hand of Bravo again at the deep square leg.

Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik then retrieved the situation with a 45-ball 38, as they handled the pressure admirably after taking their side to 54/4 at the halfway stage.

But just when it seemed India were on course to wrap up the game, left-arm spinner Khari Pierre got rid of Pandey (19; 24b, 2x4) with a caught and bowled effort.

However, Karthik and Krunal Pandya (19 not out) took charge at that stage. Pandya played a cameo, and the duo steered the side to victory in 17.5overs.

While batting 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.

After 15 overs, the tourists had managed just 63 runs and lost 7 wickets.

Newcomer Fabien Allen top-scored for the Windies with a counter-attacking 27 off 20 balls (4x4) while Keemo Paul remained unbeaten on 15 along with Khari Pierre (9 not out).