India clinch the victory despite a comeback from the two-times T20 champions. After having a shocking end to the ODI series, windies couldn’t hold on to the 1st T20 to redeem themselves. The T20 specialists were hunted down by the Indians on 109 at Eden Gardens. They answered well in the 2nd innings but that proved their score well short.
It was nothing like a side who has been the champions of this beautiful and enthralling format. The talented Shai Hope, was expected to give some hope to the top order. He did that beautifully in the first over, hitting two boundaries in 1st over, found his lost touch from the initial ODIs.
On the other hand, the experienced gun, Dinesh Ramdin caught fishing at a probing length. Hope vanished in a terrible mix up with Shimron Hetmyer.
After then, it was come and go for the batsmen. The new young energetic batsman, people call new Chris Gayle, managed a top edge contributing only 10 runs. Problems got bad to worse for Windies as the big KP went back to pavillion after hitting a six, courtesy a typical bat-turning-in-hands mishit.
A brainfade struck Rovman Powell who did not use the DRS to deny the caught behind and went calmly towards the dugout. The fact that a tailender, Fabian Ellen, was the highest scorer of the match tells you the story of the struggle. Some runs from Keemo Paul saw Windies cross that difficult-looking hundred mark.
Oshane Thomas started off in a brilliant fashion by generating the pace he has been. Some 145+ clicks but last ball was good enough to send Rohit Sharma on his way after a successful review. Shikhar Dhawan’s struggle against him continues as he was bowled 3rd time by him this tour. This time it wasn’t a chop on; but a good inswinger going through the open door of bat and pad.
Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul surrendered themselves in front of the man who is well renowned for his batting heroics, Carlos Braithwaite. With no Kohli in the middle, Indian middle order looked shaky in many ways.
Dinesh Karthik, being the experienced fellow, did his carry-on work calmly and held his nerve and shape beautifully till the end. An awfully expensive over from Pollard took all the pressure out and help India win after a scary little collapse.
It looked for some fans that match will end soon with India ending on a high but Windies showed some (a lot actually if you look at the target provided by them) promising effort to expand the match till the 18th over.
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