West Indies vs India 1st T20I – Post Match Comments
On Friday, India began their five-match T20I series against the West Indies with a 68-run victory at Brian Lara Cricket Academy Stadium. India scored 190 runs thanks to an unbroken fifty by captain Rohit Sharma and an unbeaten 41-run effort by Dinesh Karthik. West Indies hitters struggled from the start, scoring just 122 runs against excellent spells from Indian spinners.
Captain Nicholas Pooran of the West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first. Suryakumar Yadav opened the inning for Rohit, who was rested for the ODI series. With an aggressive attitude from the outset, both batsmen created a 44-run partnership for the first wicket. Akeal Hosein gave the hosts the lead by dismissing Suryakumar, who made 24 runs off 16 balls. In the following over, India lost in-form batter Shreyas Iyer, who failed to establish his account.
Middle-order batsmen Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, who was not included in the ODI team, were unable to make an impact, and India was struggling on 102/4 at the conclusion of the 12th over. Rohit Sharma hammered fifty from the other end to keep the scoreboard moving. With just five overs left, Jason Holder grabbed his wicket. Rohit batted 44 balls and scored 64 runs with a strike rate of 145.45. However, Karthik and Ravi Ashwin put on a show in the dying overs, putting up an unbroken 52-run partnership in just 24 balls. Karthik hit 41 runs, including 14 off the final four balls, while Ashwin was unbeaten on 13 runs to help India reach 190/6.
West Indies openers Kyle Mayers and Sharmarh Brooks got off to a good start, striking Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 11 runs in the opening over. In the following over, though, Asrshdeep Singh provided India a respite by dismissing Mayers, who scored 15 runs off only six balls. In the following over, West Indies lost another wicket in the shape of Holder and never recovered control of the inning. The hosts were dismissed for 122/8 in 20 overs, with opener Brooks hitting the most runs (20).
Ashwin collected two wickets for India while allowing just 22 runs in four overs. Bishnoi and Arshdeep also had two wickets apiece, while Bhuvneshwar and Jadeja each had one. Hardik Pandya, the star all-rounder, let up 12 runs in two overs but did not grab a wicket. Dinesh Karthik of India was named Player of the Match for his undefeated 41-run knock.
This is what the captains and the player of the match had to say at the end of the game.
Losing Captain – Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)
As a group, we were disappointed. The audience has been incredible. The guys have been terribly injured, but we will try to recover. We had 18 overs, it was 150, we were sloppy, and we paid the price. 190 was quite difficult. We got a delicious tart, but the batters didn’t last. We had already lost four wickets out of 10. The spinners bowled well, but we were hoping to limit them to 170-180, which would have been chaseable.
Winning Captain – Rohit Sharma (India)
The shot-making was not easy at the start. The guys who are set needed to carry on. There was some grip for the spinners. The nature of the pitch was slow. The way we finished off the first innings, 190 was great. We hung there and got more than a par score. We want to try certain things when we bat in the first six overs when we bat in the middle, and at the end. There are certain facets that we want to improve and the players are given a job. We have to try the ideas and want to execute the skills. We want to try and do certain things and I think we are able to achieve certain things. The Indian team has received very good support here in West Indies and we want to provide them with entertaining cricket.
Player of the Match – Dinesh Karthik (India)
The wicket was a little sticky. Was not a good wicket to start on but once set, it was good. I have been enjoying it a lot. It’s not something that you can be consistent at but I have the backing of the captain and coach. Assessing the wicket is important. There are a lot of things that you need to be aware of. That comes with a little bit of practice.