The West Indies are the most dangerous in the T20 format but India coasted to victory in the first T20 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday. They will now look to wrap up the series on November 6 when they play at Lucknow.
Bowlers Run Through Fragile West Indies
This young West Indian team may not be at full force with the likes of Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell missing from action but they still have some fantastic players.
Their explosive batting line-up never had a chance to launch an attack as the Indian bowlers proved too menacing for them on a pitch that offered both bounce and turn. Among the seamers, debutant K Ahmed proved to be a handful as he swung the ball both ways. J Bumrah, U Yadav and K Ahmed all picked up one wicket each.
K Yadav continued to trouble the West Indies taking another 3 wickets which got him the man of the match award. K Pandya who made his debut also bowled very economically and finished with figures of 4 overs, 15 runs and 1 wicket. Together they restricted the West Indies to just 109 in their 20 overs and many thought India would have an easy chase.
Batsman Falter But Take India Home
Oshane Thomas opened the bowling for the West Indies and bowled with fantastic pace and bounce. His bowling reminded fans of what the old West Indian attack of the 80s and 90s used to look like. Thomas resembles a Patrick Patterson and sent down thunderbolts that took out R Sharma and S Dhawan cheaply.
West Indian captain Braithwaite claimed KL Rahul and R Pant and India were in a spot of bother. D Karthik steadied the ship forming with partnerships M Pandey and K Pandya to take India home in 17.5 overs. India will be happy with their victory but stand in captain Rohit Sharma wasn’t all that happy with the performance.
In a statement, Sharma said “We used the conditions well, were in trouble chasing. We knew it won’t be easy given the seamers they have, but there’s some learning for us there, what we should do as a batting unit when conditions are in our favour.”
India could make a couple of changes for the second T20 as B Kumar is expected to return and U Yadav will sit out. They might also consider bringing in S Iyer in place of R Pant who hasn’t used his opportunities very well.