1st T20 highlights: Classy Kohli's 94* powers India's record chase vs WI

Virat Kohli. Photo: @BCCI

Skipper Virat Kohli stamped his authority with yet another sublime innings of career-best 94 not out as India pulled off their highest successful run chase in a T20 International to beat West Indies by six wickets in the first match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday. K L Rahul also struck an impressive 62 off just 40 balls to help India chase down the target of 208 with eight balls to spare.

The earlier highest successful run chase for India in a T20I was the 207 against Sri Lanka in Mohali in 2009.

India, thus, took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second T20 International will be played in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.

Opening the innings in the absence of injured Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul played fluently to score his seventh T20I fifty, during which he hit five boundaries and four sixes to make a case for himself to be in India's squad for next year's T20 World Cup.

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Kohli, who played the second fiddle till Rahul was around, showed his class and opened up his arms to notch up his fifty of 35 balls and guided India to a rather comprehensive win as the home side reached 208 for 4 in 18.4 overs.

Rahul and Kohli shared 100 runs for the second wicket to lay the platform for the victory.

Shimron Hetmyer. Photo: PTI

Kohli, in the end, remained unbeaten six runs shy of century. He hit six fours and as many sixes from the 50 balls he faced.

Rishabh Pant made 18 off nine deliveries but again threw away his wicket to only make matters difficult for himself.

India, however, made a quiet start to their chase as the first over produced just four runs. But Rahul struck three boundaries off Jason Holder to give impetus to India's chase.

India were dealt a severe blow in the fourth over when Rohit Sharma (8) picked out Shimron Hetmyer at deep midwicket off the bowling of Khary Pierre with India's scoreboard reading 30 in 3.2 overs.

Rahul, however, meant business as he continued his onslaught and struck Sheldon Cotrell and Pierre for two sixes in consecutive overs to take India forward.

Earlier, Shimron Hetmyer struck a quick half-century as West Indies produced a fine batting display to post a challenging 207 for 5.

An aggressive Hetmyer made 56 off 41 balls which was studded with two boundaries and four hits over the fence to hold West Indies from one end after being sent into bat.

He first added 37 runs with Brandon King (31 off 23 balls) and then shared 71 runs with skipper

Kieron Pollard (37 off 19 balls) to lay the base for the West Indies total.

The Indians, however, were far from impressive on the field as Washington Sundar and Rohit Sharma dropped a few catches.

Off-spinner Washington Sundar (1/34) leaked runs in the first over before Deepak Chahar (1/56) gave India the breakthrough in the next over, taking the wicket of Lendl Simmons, caught by Rohit Sharma in the first slip.

Evin Lewis (40 off 17) and young King then added 51 runs for the second wicket, during which they played some fearless shots, to take West Indies forward.

Lewis pulled Chahar for two sixes in the fourth over to make his intentions clear. He continued the onslaught and struck comeback man Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six and a four in consecutive balls. He then smoked off-spinner Sundar over the cover boundary but perished in the next ball, LBW in search of one shot too many.

Young King and Hetmyer then added 37 runs for the third wicket before the former was stumped by Rishabh Pant off Ravindra Jadeja's (1/30) bowling.

Hetmyer, on the other hand, went about his business in a quiet fashion, hitting the bad deliveries out of the park to register his fifth half-century in T20 cricket in 35 balls.

But a double breakthrough by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/36) in the 18th over put a check on West Indies' scoring rate.


10:49 PM IST A captain's knock by @imVkohli as India win the 1st T20I by 6 wickets. #INDvWI #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/osg63znNEn — BCCI (@BCCI) &7

10:27 PM IST Over Summary: 2 6 2 6  ; India: 209-4   Kesrick Williams [3.0-0-44-0] is back into the attack     Ball 4: Kohli smashes towards deep extra cover for SIX.   Ball 3: Kohli hits towards deep extra cover for a couple of runs.    Ball 2: Kohli makes room outside off and hits over extra cover boundary for SIX.    Ball 1: Kohli hits towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.  Shivam Dube, left handed bat, comes to the crease

10:24 PM IST Over Summary: 1 Wd 6 1 1L 1 W  ; India:  193-4   Kieron Pollard, right-arm medium, comes into the attack   Ball 6: Iyer slices just wide of bowler and Pollard a superb catch to get rid of Iyer. Shreyas Iyer c and b Pollard 4(6)   Ball 5: Kohli comes down the wicket and hits towards left of long-off for a single.    Ball 4: A loud appeal for LBW and umpire says NO. Pollard takes REVIEW, and it is missing leg, one leg byes for India.    Ball 3: A single Kohli towards short mid-wicket.  Ball 2: Virat Kohli whips through his pads, using his bottom hand for SIX towards deep mid-wicket boundary.    Ball 2: WIDE down the leg side.    Ball 1: Iyer collects a single. 

10:16 PM IST Over Summary: 1 W 1 0 2 1 ; India: 182-3   Sheldon Cottrell [3.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack   Ball 6: A slow delivery and Iyer works towards deep mid-wicket for a single.    Ball 5:  A single for Iyer towards mid-wicket and Windies concedes one over throws.    Ball 4: DOT   Ball 3: A single for Kohli. Shreyas Iyer, right handed batsman, comes to the crease   Ball 2: Another slow delivery and Pant gets a top-edge towards long-off and Jason Holder completes a easy catch. Pant c Holder b Cottrell 18(9) [6s-2]   Ball 1: A slow delivery and Kohli pushes towards deep extra cover for a single. 

10:09 PM IST Over Summary: 1 4 6 1 6 2nb 2  ; India: 177-2   Kesrick Williams [2.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack Ball 6: Pant unleashes mini helicopter shot towards cow corner region for a couple of runs.    Ball 6: Pant digs the yorkish length delivery towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs and third umpire calls a NO BALL   Ball 5: Pant smashes a flat SIX towards long-off.    Ball 4: Kohli hits towards deep mid-wicket for a single.    Ball 3: A short arm jab from Kohli and ball is dismissed from the presence as it reached towards cow-corner boundarySIX.    Ball 2: Kohli hits straight down the ground over bowler's head for FOUR.   Ball 1: Pant digs out the yorkish length delivery towards mid-wicket for a single. 

9:59 PM IST Over Summary: 6 4 2Nb 1 0 0 1  ; India: 154-2   Jason Holder [3.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack   Ball 6:Pant dabs towards third man for a single.   Ball 5: A short delivery and Pant fails to make a connection   Ball 4:  Pant hits outside delivery towards extra cover for no run.  Ball 3: Kohli manages to score only a single off the FREE HIT.    Ball 3: Kohli dabs the yorkish length delivery at cow corner for a couple of runs and for the second time third umpires callsthe NO BALL   Ball 2: A short and wide delivery and Kohli hits over short third man for FOUR.    Ball 1: Kohli smashes SIX to bring up his FIFTY. 

9:59 PM IST Over Summary: 6 4 2Nb 1 0 0 1  ; India: 154-2   Jason Holder [3.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack   Ball 6:Pant dabs towards third man for a single.   Ball 5: A short delivery and Pant fails to make a connection   Ball 4:  Pant hits outside delivery towards extra cover for no run.  Ball 3: Kohli manages to score only a single off the FREE HIT.    Ball 3: Kohli dabs the yorkish length delivery at cow corner for a couple of runs and for the second time third umpires callsthe NO BALL   Ball 2: A short and wide delivery and Kohli hits over short third man for FOUR.    Ball 1: Kohli smashes SIX to bring up his FIFTY. 

9:53 PM IST Over Summary:  1 6 W 2 1 6  ; India:  139-2   Khary Pierre [3.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack   Ball 6: Pant goes down on the knees and smashes the first ball he faced for SIX towards long-on boundary for SIX   Ball 5: A single for Kohli   Ball 4: Kohli sweeps towards deep square leg for a couple of runs  Rishabh Pant, left handed bat, comes to the crease   Ball 3: Rahul tries to go big again but holed up to long-off, GONE. Rahul c Pollard b K Pierre 62(40) [4s-5 6s-4]   Ball 2: Rahul goes for a slog sweep over deep mid-wicket fielder for SIX.   Ball 1: A single for Kohli towards long-on

9:47 PM IST Over Summary: 1 1 1Nb 0 1 Wd 1 6  ; India: 123-1   Kesrick Williams [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack   Ball 6: Rahul makes a room and bowler follows him, still Rahul hits it over backward square leg for SIX Ball 5: Kohli gets an inside edge on the pads for a single.    Ball 5: WIDE down the leg side   Ball 4:   A single for Rahul and with this he completes his FIFTY.  Ball 3: FREE HIT and Rahul fails to score.    Ball 3: A yorkish length delivery and Kohli hits towards deep square leg for a single and TV umpire gives it a NO BALL   Ball 2: A single for Rahul   Ball 1: A single for Kohli

9:40 PM IST Over Summary: 1L 1 0 6 4 Wd 1  ; India: 110-1   Jason Holder continues Ball 6: Virat Kohli hits towards mid-off for a single.    Ball 6: WDIE   Ball 5: A juicy full toss and Kohli hits towards deep backward square leg for FOUR.    Ball 4: A slow short delivery and Kohli hoicks, gets a top-edge over fine leg fielder for SIX.    Ball 3: DOT   Ball 2: Rahul uses his wrist to work towards square leg for a single.    Ball 1: Kohli tries to hit the ball over short fine leg as he tries to drag the ball from outside off, misses, one leg byes for India

9:35 PM IST Over Summary:  1 1 4 1 0 0  ; India: 36-1   Hayden Walsh [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack   Ball 6: dot   Ball 5: DOT   Ball 4: Kohli guides towards short third man for quick single.    Ball 3: A short delivery and Kohli tries to pull towards mid-wicket but gets an french cut for FOUR    Ball 2: Rahul hits towards deep extra cover for a single.    Ball 1: A single for Kohli

9:32 PM IST Over Summary: 0 4 1 1 1 1  ; India: 89-1   Kesrick Williams, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack   Ball 6: Kohli works the yorkish length delivery towards deep mid-wicket for a single.    Ball 5: A single for Rahul towards deep square leg.    Ball 4: Kohli hits towards sweeper cover for a single.    Ball 3: Rahul works towards deep mid-wicket for a single   Ball 2: Rahul cuts through backward point for FOUR.    Ball 1: DOT

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Over 18.4; India win by 6 wickets

Over Summary: 2 6 2 6  ; India: 209-4
 
Kesrick Williams [3.0-0-44-0] is back into the attack
 
 
Ball 4: Kohli smashes towards deep extra cover for SIX.
 
Ball 3: Kohli hits towards deep extra cover for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 2: Kohli makes room outside off and hits over extra cover boundary for SIX. 
 
Ball 1: Kohli hits towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 

Shivam Dube, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 18; Iyer departs

Over Summary: 1 Wd 6 1 1L 1 W  ; India:  193-4
 
Kieron Pollard, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Iyer slices just wide of bowler and Pollard a superb catch to get rid of Iyer. Shreyas Iyer c and b Pollard 4(6)
 
Ball 5: Kohli comes down the wicket and hits towards left of long-off for a single. 
 
Ball 4: A loud appeal for LBW and umpire says NO. Pollard takes REVIEW, and it is missing leg, one leg byes for India. 
 
Ball 3: A single Kohli towards short mid-wicket. 

Ball 2: Virat Kohli whips through his pads, using his bottom hand for SIX towards deep mid-wicket boundary. 
 
Ball 2: WIDE down the leg side. 
 
Ball 1: Iyer collects a single. 

Over 17; India need 26 runs in 18 balls

Over Summary: 1 W 1 0 2 1 ; India: 182-3
 
Sheldon Cottrell [3.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A slow delivery and Iyer works towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 
 
Ball 5:  A single for Iyer towards mid-wicket and Windies concedes one over throws. 
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Kohli.

Shreyas Iyer, right handed batsman, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: Another slow delivery and Pant gets a top-edge towards long-off and Jason Holder completes a easy catch. Pant c Holder b Cottrell 18(9) [6s-2]
 
Ball 1: A slow delivery and Kohli pushes towards deep extra cover for a single. 

Over 16; CRR: 11.06 REQ: 7.75

Over Summary: 1 4 6 1 6 2nb 2  ; India: 177-2
 
Kesrick Williams [2.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Pant unleashes mini helicopter shot towards cow corner region for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 6: Pant digs the yorkish length delivery towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs and third umpire calls a NO BALL
 
Ball 5: Pant smashes a flat SIX towards long-off. 
 
Ball 4: Kohli hits towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 
 
Ball 3: A short arm jab from Kohli and ball is dismissed from the presence as it reached towards cow-corner boundarySIX. 
 
Ball 2: Kohli hits straight down the ground over bowler's head for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: Pant digs out the yorkish length delivery towards mid-wicket for a single. 

Over 15; Kohli hits FIFTY

Over Summary: 6 4 2Nb 1 0 0 1  ; India: 154-2
 
Jason Holder [3.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6:Pant dabs towards third man for a single.
 
Ball 5: A short delivery and Pant fails to make a connection
 
Ball 4:  Pant hits outside delivery towards extra cover for no run. 

Ball 3: Kohli manages to score only a single off the FREE HIT. 
 
Ball 3: Kohli dabs the yorkish length delivery at cow corner for a couple of runs and for the second time third umpires callsthe NO BALL
 
Ball 2: A short and wide delivery and Kohli hits over short third man for FOUR. 
 
Ball 1: Kohli smashes SIX to bring up his FIFTY. 

Over 15; Kohli hits FIFTY

Over Summary: 6 4 2Nb 1 0 0 1  ; India: 154-2
 
Jason Holder [3.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6:Pant dabs towards third man for a single.
 
Ball 5: A short delivery and Pant fails to make a connection
 
Ball 4:  Pant hits outside delivery towards extra cover for no run. 

Ball 3: Kohli manages to score only a single off the FREE HIT. 
 
Ball 3: Kohli dabs the yorkish length delivery at cow corner for a couple of runs and for the second time third umpires callsthe NO BALL
 
Ball 2: A short and wide delivery and Kohli hits over short third man for FOUR. 
 
Ball 1: Kohli smashes SIX to bring up his FIFTY. 

Over 14; Rahul departs after fifty, Pant hits first ball for SIX

Over Summary:  1 6 W 2 1 6  ; India:  139-2
 
Khary Pierre [3.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Pant goes down on the knees and smashes the first ball he faced for SIX towards long-on boundary for SIX
 
Ball 5: A single for Kohli
 
Ball 4: Kohli sweeps towards deep square leg for a couple of runs 

Rishabh Pant, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: Rahul tries to go big again but holed up to long-off, GONE. Rahul c Pollard b K Pierre 62(40) [4s-5 6s-4]
 
Ball 2: Rahul goes for a slog sweep over deep mid-wicket fielder for SIX.
 
Ball 1: A single for Kohli towards long-on

Over 13; Rahul hits fifty

Over Summary: 1 1 1Nb 0 1 Wd 1 6  ; India: 123-1
 
Kesrick Williams [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul makes a room and bowler follows him, still Rahul hits it over backward square leg for SIX

Ball 5: Kohli gets an inside edge on the pads for a single. 
 
Ball 5: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 4:   A single for Rahul and with this he completes his FIFTY. 

Ball 3: FREE HIT and Rahul fails to score. 
 
Ball 3: A yorkish length delivery and Kohli hits towards deep square leg for a single and TV umpire gives it a NO BALL
 
Ball 2: A single for Rahul
 
Ball 1: A single for Kohli

Over 12; CRR: 9.17 REQ: 12.25

Over Summary: 1L 1 0 6 4 Wd 1  ; India: 110-1
 
Jason Holder continues

Ball 6: Virat Kohli hits towards mid-off for a single. 
 
Ball 6: WDIE
 
Ball 5: A juicy full toss and Kohli hits towards deep backward square leg for FOUR. 
 
Ball 4: A slow short delivery and Kohli hoicks, gets a top-edge over fine leg fielder for SIX. 
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Rahul uses his wrist to work towards square leg for a single. 
 
Ball 1: Kohli tries to hit the ball over short fine leg as he tries to drag the ball from outside off, misses, one leg byes for India

Over 11; CRR: 8.73 REQ: 12.44

Over Summary:  1 1 4 1 0 0  ; India: 36-1
 
Hayden Walsh [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: dot
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Kohli guides towards short third man for quick single. 
 
Ball 3: A short delivery and Kohli tries to pull towards mid-wicket but gets an french cut for FOUR 
 
Ball 2: Rahul hits towards deep extra cover for a single. 
 
Ball 1: A single for Kohli

Over 10

Over Summary: 0 4 1 1 1 1  ; India: 89-1
 
Kesrick Williams, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Kohli works the yorkish length delivery towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 
 
Ball 5: A single for Rahul towards deep square leg. 
 
Ball 4: Kohli hits towards sweeper cover for a single. 
 
Ball 3: Rahul works towards deep mid-wicket for a single
 
Ball 2: Rahul cuts through backward point for FOUR. 
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 9; Kohli, Rahul put 50-run stand

Over Summary: 1 Wd 0 0 1 1 1 ; India: 81-1
 
Jason Holder [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul hits towards mid-wicket for a single
 
Ball 5:  A single for Kohli towards third man. 
 
Ball 4: A slow short delivery and Rahul pulls towards deep backward square leg for  a single
 
Ball 3: A yorkish length delivery and Rahul hits back to bowler. 

Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 2: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 1: Kohli hits uppishly towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 

Over 8; CRR: 9.5 REQ: 11

Over Summary:  1 1 1 5Wd 1 4 1  ; India: 76-1

Pierre continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Kohli
 
Ball 5: A wide delivery outside off, Kohli Hits over extra cover for FOUR

Ball 4: A single for Rahul
 
Ball 4: FIVE WIDES
 
Ball 3: Kohli hits uppishly towards long-on for a single. 
 
Ball 2:  A single for Rahul towards deep mid-wicket
 
Ball 1: Kohli takes a single

Over 7; CRR: 8.86 REQ: 11.23

Over Summary: 0 4 1 1 Wd 1 4  ; India: 62-1
 
Hayden Walsh, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: A wide delivery out side off and Rahul guides towards vacant slip cordon for FOUR. 

Ball 5: Kohli hits towards sweeper cover for a single
 
Ball 5: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 4: Rahul hits towards sweeper cover for a single. 
 
Ball 3: A single for Kohli towards short third man
 
Ball 2:  Kohli smashes straight down the ground for FOUR
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 6; CRR: 8.33 REQ: 11.29

Over Summary: 1 6 0 1 0 1  ; India: 50-1
 
 Pierre continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Kohli
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Rahul towards mid-wicket
 
Ball 3: Rahul cuts towards cover point region for no run. 
 
Ball 2:  Rahul goes down on his knees and sweeps towards backward square leg for SIX. 
 
Ball 1: A single for Kohli

Over 5

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 1 6  ; India: 41-1
 
Cottrell continues
 
Ball 6: A short delivery and Rahul gets a top edge over short fine leg for SIX. 
 
Ball 5: A single for Kohli
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2:  DOT
 
Ball 1: Rahul takes a single

Over 4; Rohit Sharma departs

Over Summary:  2Wd 0 W 2Wd 0 0 1 0 ; India: 33-1
 
Khary Pierre, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Kohli hits towards extra cover for no run
 
Ball 5: Rahul works towards deep square leg for a single
 
Ball 4: Rahul punches towards extra cover for no run. 

Ball 3: Rahul hits towards coverpoint region for no run
 
Ball 3: TWO WIDES

Virat Kohli, right-handed batsman, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2:  Rohit Sharma comes down the wicket for a biggie, finds Hetmyer at deep mid-wicket, GONE. Rohit c Hetmyer b K Pierre 8(10) [4s-1]

Ball 1: DOT
 
Ball 1: TWO WIDES

Over 3

Over Summary:  1 0 1 1 4B 4  ; India: 28-0
 
Cottrell continues
 
Ball 6: Rohit guides through vacant slip cordon for FOUR
 
Ball 5: A short delivery and Rohit goes for hoick misses and so does keeper, FOUR BYES
 
Ball 4: A single for Rahul towards short fine leg
 
Ball 3: A single for Rohit towards third man
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Rahul cuts towards fine third man for a single

Over 2; Rahul on fire

Over Summary: 4 0 4 4 0 1 ; India: 17-0
 
Jason Holder, right-arm medium fast, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul carves towards point region for a single, thanks to sloppy fielding effort. 
 
Ball 5: Rahul dabs towards short third man for no run
 
Ball 4: Rahul cuts the short and wide delivery through backward point for FOUR.
 
Ball 3: Rahul gets an inside edge through short fine leg for FOUR
 
Ball 2: Rahul works towards backward point for no run. 
 
Ball 1: Rahul cuts square of wicket for FOUR

Over 1

Over Summary:  0 1 0 1 0 2  ; India: 4-0

Rohit and Rahul are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Cottrell opens the attack
 
Ball 6: Rohit uses his wrist, flicks towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 5: Rohit hits towards cover for no run. 
 
Ball 4: Rahul flicks towards deep square leg for a single
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: An outside edge towards gully region, a single taken by Rohit
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 20; West Indies post 207-5

Over Summary: 4 2 6 1 2 2  ; West Indies: 207-5
 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar [3.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Ramdin hits straight down the ground for a couple of runs
 
Ball 5:  Ramdin gets a top edge over extra cover for a couple of runs
 
Ball 4: Holder hits towards extra cover for a single.
 
Ball 3: A knuckle ball outside off and Holder hits juts over long-off for SIX. 
 
Ball 2:  Holder hits towards left of long-off for a couple of runs
 
Ball 1: Holder hits straight down the ground for FOUR as Kohli fails to graps a tough chance

Over 19

Over Summary:  1 1 1 2 6 1  ; West Indies: 190-5
 
Deepak Chahar continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Holder towards backward point
 
Ball 5:  Holder smashes the length ball straight down the ground for SIX
 
Ball 4: A couple of runs for Holder
 
Ball 3: A single for Ramdin
 
Ball 2:  A single for Holder
 
Ball 1: A single for Ramdin

Over 18; Chahal gets Hetmyer, Pollard

Over Summary: W 1 W 0 4 1  ; West Indies: 178-5
 
Chahal continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Ramdin towards long-on
 
Ball 5: Ramdin hits towards square leg and Chahar makes a sloppy effort, FOUR. 
 
Ball 4: DOT

Denesh Ramdin, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: Chahal cleans up Pollard, gets a two big wickets. Pollard b Chahal 37(19) [4s-1 6s-4]
 
Ball 2: A single for Holder towards long-off

Jason Holder, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: Hetmyer sweeps straight to deep backward point, GONE. Hetmyer c Rohit b Chahal 56(41) [4s-2 6s-4]

Over 17, an eventful over

Over Summary: 1 2 6 6 1 1  ; West Indies: 172-3
 
Deepak Chahar [2.0-0-27-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for hetmyer towards deep mid-wicket 
 
Ball 5: A single for Pollard towards long-on
 
Ball 4: Pollard swivels and smashes towards deep mid-wicket for SIX
 
Ball 3: Pollard hits a flat shot and Rohit drops a tough chance and ball goes over the boundary line for SIX
 
Ball 2: Pollard goes for a big slog, gets a top edge, Rohit covers a lot of ground and take a one handed catch but throws just in a moment to save a certain six, two runs taken
 
Ball 1: Hetmyer gets a top-edge and Sundar dropes a SITTER, Rohit makes a Superb effort to save a certain boundary, only one run taken

Over 16; Hetmyer hits FIFTY

Over Summary:  1 1 6 0 2 1  ; West Indies: 155-3
 
Chahal continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Hetmyer
 
Ball 5: Hetmyer hits towards sweeper cover for a single, one over throws taken as Pant fails to collect the ball. 
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Hetmyer smashes straight down the ground for SIX, register his first T20 FIFTY. 
 
Ball 2:  Pollard hits towards long-off for a single
 
Ball 1: Hetmyer tries to guide the ball on the pads fine, gets a leading edge but Washington Sundar miss-judged it completely, a single taken. 

Over 15

Over Summary: 0 1 1 0 1 0  ; West Indies: 144-3
 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Hetmyer punches towards long-off for a single
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Pollard towards long-on
 
Ball 2:  A single for Hetmyer towards cover point
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 14

Over Summary: 0 0 0 Wd 6 1 1  ; West Indies:  141-3
 
Yuzvendra Chahal [1.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Hetmyer dabs towards short mid-wicket for a quick single
 
Ball 5:  A single for Pollard towards long-on for a single

Ball 4: A typical bottom hand from Pollard comes into the play as he just hits over long-on for SIX
 
Ball 4: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 3: A ball outside off and Pollard goes for big slog and misses, DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 13; Hetmyer on fire

Over Summary: 1 0 1 0 6 4  ; West Indies: 132-3
 
Jadeja continues
 
Ball 6: Hetmyer hits towards deep extra cover for FOUR as Kohli makes a sloppy fielding effort. 
 
Ball 5:  Hetmyer dismissed the short delivery from the presence for SIX
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Pollard
 
Ball 2:  DOT
 
Ball 1: A single for Hetmyer

Over 13

Over Summary:  1 4 6 1 0 1  ; West Indies: 120-3
 
Shivam Dube, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Hetmyer towards deep mid-wicket
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Pollard through mid-wicket
 
Ball 3: A short delivery and Pollard smashes towards deep square leg for SIX
 
Ball 2: Pollard smashes towards right of long-on for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Hetmyer takes a single towards deep mid-wicket

Over 11; CRR: 9.73

Over Summary: W 1 4 0 0 1   ; West Indies:  107-3
 
Jadeja continues 
 
Ball 6: A single for Hetmyer towards deep square leg
 
Ball 5: Hetmyer tries to cut, misses, Jadeja appeals but doen't get a support from Pant, no run
 
Ball 4: Hetmyer guides short and wide delivery straight to shirt third man for no run
 
Ball 3: Hetmyer hits the short delivery towards cow corner for FOUR
 
Ball 2: Pollard dabs towards short mid-wicket for a quick single. 

Kieron Pollard, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: King comes down the wicket for a big shot, misses and Pant removes the bails in a flash. Brandon King st Pant b Jadeja 31(23) [4s-3 6s-1]

Over 11; CRR: 9.73

Over Summary: W 1 4 0 0 1   ; West Indies:  107-3
 
Jadeja continues 
 
Ball 6: A single for Hetmyer towards deep square leg
 
Ball 5: Hetmyer tries to cut, misses, Jadeja appeals but doen't get a support from Pant, no run
 
Ball 4: Hetmyer guides short and wide delivery straight to shirt third man for no run
 
Ball 3: Hetmyer hits the short delivery towards cow corner for FOUR
 
Ball 2: Pollard dabs towards short mid-wicket for a quick single. 

Kieron Pollard, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: King comes down the wicket for a big shot, misses and Pant removes the bails in a flash. Brandon King st Pant b Jadeja 31(23) [4s-3 6s-1]

Over 10

Over Summary: 0 6 2 0 1 1  ; West Indies:  101-2
 
Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for King
 
Ball 5:  A single for Hetmyer
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A couple of runs for Hetmyer
 
Ball 2:  Hetmyer hits SIX
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 9

Over Summary: 6 0 1 1 1 0  ; West Indies: 91-2
 
Jadeja continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Hetmyer hits towards sweeper cover for a single. 
 
Ball 4: King dabs towards mid-wicket for a single. 
 
Ball 3: Hetmyer cuts towards deep point for a single
 
Ball 2:  DOT
 
Ball 1: Hetmyer powers the short ball over long-on for SIX

Over 8

Over Summary: 1 4 Wd 4 1 1 0  ; West Indies: 82-2
 
 Washington Sundar continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: A single for Hetmyer towards coverpoint region
 
Ball 4: A single for King towards sweeper cover

Ball 3: King slogs towards cow-corner, Rahul goes for a catch but fails graps it and ball crosses the boundary line for FOUR. 
 
Ball 3: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 2: King hits over extra cover for FOUR 
 
Ball 1: Hetmyer takes a single towards deep mid-wicket

Over 7

Over Summary: 1L 0 1 1 0 1  ; West Indies: 70-2
 
Ravindra Jadeja, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Hetmyer takes a single between mid-wicket and long-on
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: King takes a single
 
Ball 3: Hetmyer drives through mid-on for a single. 
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: One leg byes for West Indies

Over 6; Sundar gets Lewis

Over Summary: 1 6 0 W 2 0 ; West Indies: 66-2
 
Washington Sundar [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Hetmyer takes a couple of runs

Shimron Hetmyer, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 4: Lewis tries to sweep from outside off, misses, follows by a loud appeal and Umpire raises the finger. Sundar gets the much needed breakthrough. Lewis lbw b Washington Sundar 40(17) [4s-3 6s-4]
 
Ball 3: Lewis cuts the short delivery outside off stump for no run. 
 
Ball 2: Lewis drives on the up over cover for SIX. Sheer POWER form West Indian
 
Ball 1: King slogs towards long-on for a single

Over 5; Lewis on fire

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 6 4   ; West Indies:  57-1
 
Bhuvi continues
 
Ball 6: Lewis glances towards short fine leg for FOUR
 
Ball 5: Lewis hits on the up over cover for a SIX, typical Carribbean style
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2:  King takes a quick single
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 4; Deepak Chahar concedes 19 runs

Over Summary: 6 4 Wd 1 0 6 1  ; West Indies: 45-1
 
Deepak Chahar, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: King pushes towards extra cover for quick single. 
 
Ball 5: Chahar misses the length by an inch and King pulls towards deep square leg for SIX. 
 
Ball 4: King pushes towards cover for no run. 

Ball 3: Lewis works towards square leg for a single. 
 
Ball 3: WIDE
 
Ball 2: Lweis cuts through backward point for FOUR, back to back boundaries for Southpaw. 
 
Ball 1: Lewis swivels  and smashes the short of length delivery towards deep fine leg for SIX. 

Over 3

Over Summary: 1 1lb 1 1 2 0  ; West Indies: 27-1
 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Kings hits towards short extra cover for no run
 
Ball 5: King hoicks towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs
 
Ball 4: Lewis pushes towards mid-on for a single. 
 
Ball 3: King cuts towards third man for a single
 
Ball 2:  One leg byes for West Indies
 
Ball 1: King works towards backward square leg for a single. 

Over 2, Deepak Chahar gets Simmons

Over Summary: 0 W Wd 1 1 4 1  ; West Indies:  21-1
 
Deepak Chahar, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: King works towards deep fine leg for a single. 
 
Ball 5:  King hits through extra cover for FOUR
 
Ball 4: Lewis punches towards mid-off for a single

Ball 3: Kings gets an outside edge towrads third man for a single
 
Ball 3: WIDE down the leg side

Brandon King, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: Simmons edges the outswinger straight to first slip, where Rohit Sharma completes the catch easily. Simmons c Rohit b Chahar 2(4)
 
Ball 1: Simmons defends towards off side

Over 1

Over Summary: 1 4 6 0 1 1  ; West Indies: 13-0 

Simmons and Lewis are at the crease. Simmons is on strike. Washington Sundar will open the attack
 
Ball 6: Simmons dabs towards square leg for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Lewis flicks towards deep backward square leg for a single. 
 
Ball 4: Another short delivery and Lewis hits towards point for no run. 
 
Ball 3: Lewis smashes the short delivery towards deep square leg for a SIX.  
 
Ball 2: Lewis hits through the short fine leg for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Simmons takes a single towards 

Here is the playing 11 of both the sides

WATCH TOSS: India win toss and elect to bowl first

West Indies playing 11

Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard(c), Denesh Ramdin(w), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams, Khary Pierre

Here's what Virat Kohli during the toss

We're going to bowl first. There will be dew in 45 mins to one hour. It's a good wicket to bat on, and it's going to get better to bat with the ball coming on nicely. Chasing has been better for us to be honest. 

India playing 11

Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar.

India playing 11 Alert

Sanju Samson, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey not playing today

TOSS ALERT: India win toss and elect to bowl first

India captain Virat Kohli flips the coin and it is tails. India win the toss and elect to bowl first. 

PITCH REPORT

A few cracks, but they won't open up much in 40 overs. A bit of turn and the ball will come on nicely so batting will be a real pleasure, but I don't have any clue on dew, reckons Sunil Gavaskar in pitch report.

West Indies should leave India as better team, not necessarily winning: Lara

West Indies batting icon Brian Lara on Friday said the Kieron Pollard-led side should target becoming an improved outfit by the end of its limited-overs series against India here even if it fails to win much in the rubber.
 
West Indies and India are playing a three-match T20 International and three-match ODI series, starting today in Hyderabad. India are overwhelming favourites to emerge winners.
 
"...he (Pollard) will have to build a team...playing against India in India is always a tough proposition and he must leave here not necessarily winning but he must leave here a better team after this tournament," Lara said at an event here.
 
Lara backed Pollard's appointment as the team's skipper for the limited-overs format.
 
"Over a period of time, his representation for West Indies may not be a lot but he has played all around the World in different leagues. He has gained a lot of respect from the opposition. I didn't see it as a bad decision (to appoint him as a captain)," Lara told reporters.


No-balls for overstepping not to be on-field umpires' call

In the India vs West Indies series (T20 and ODIs), front foot no balls will be decided by the third umpire and not the on-field officials, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday. The series, comprising three T20 Internationals and an equal number of ODIs, starts on Friday in Hyderabad and technology to call front foot no balls will be put to trial in it.
 
"Throughout the trial, the Third Umpire will be responsible for monitoring every ball bowled and identifying whether there has been any front foot infringement," the ICC said in a statement.

India go with experience in pace department

The Indian pace attack looks menacing with the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami.
 
Shami last appeared in a T20I in 2017, while Bhuvneshwar returns to the squad after recovering from a muscle problem. Bhuvneshwar's last T20 was against the West Indies in the Caribbean in August this year.
 
The find of the Bangladesh series, Deepak Chahar, is also expected to play a big role alongside Shami and Bhuvneshwar in the past attack.
Indian cricket team fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah during a practice session at MAC Stadium on the eve of the first ODI match against Australia, in Chennai. File Photo: PTI

Can Kuldeep-Chahal spin duo find a place in India playing 11?

On the bowling front, there are several notable comebacks with the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar returning to the side's T20 setup.
 
The duo of Kuldeep and Chahal, also known as 'Kulcha', will reunite after a long time. Kuldeep last featured in the shortest format in February 2019 against New Zealand. But it would to interesting to see whether both the wrist spinners will find a place in India playing 11 given all round capabilities of Ravindra Jadeja, who is in red hot form with both bat and ball. 


Can Sanju Samson find a place in India playing 11?

Although he was named in the T20 squad against Bangladesh, the Kerala 'keeper-batsman didn't get a single opportunity in the series and was only picked for this rubber after Dhawan sustained a knee injury while playing for Delhi in the Syed Mushtaq Ali National T20 Championship.
 
It is certain that Pant will be the first choice wicketkeeper but in case he fails again, it remains to be seen whether the team management gives Samson an opportunity, which he certainly deserves.
Rajsthan Royals' batsman Sanju Samson plays a shot during the 2nd qualifier IPL T 20 eliminator cricket match between KKR and Rajasthan Royals at Eden Garden in Kolkata on Wednesday.

'Do or die' for Rishabh Pant

With in form Sanju Samson warming the benches, Rishabh Pant need to get back to form or it is going to be too late for him. Given, the southpaw has, of late, come under the scanner for his inconsistent form with the bat and poor glove work.
 
He has been seen as the successor to MS Dhoni, but after the conclusion of ICC ODI World Cup 2019, Pant has endured a slump in form and was heavily criticised for throwing his wicket away on multiple occasions. Even his glove-work came under heavy scrutiny and the left-hander was dropped in the longest format of the game and Wriddhiman Saha regained his place in the playing 11.
 
With the selectors bringing in talented Sanju Samson in the squad and talks of Dhoni coming out of his sabbatical soon, it's high time for Pant to either perform or lose his place in the squad. The series is also huge for Samson.

Rishabh Pant. Photo: @RishabPant777

K L Rahul eyeing opener's slot

In the absence of injured opener Shikhar Dhawan, the series will provide the Rahul a very good opportunity to secure his place as Rohit Sharma's partner up the order ahead of next year's T20 World Cup.

K L Rahul record in T20 Internationals
 
In 31 T20 Internationals, Rahul has amassed 974 runs at an average of 42.74 with 110 not out being his highest score. He is also a prolific scorer in the IPL.
File photo: India's K L Rahul takes a run during the Cricket World Cup match between India and West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester, England

India vs West Indies 1st T20 preview

As India Cricket Team take on Windies Cricket Team in a three-match T20 series starting at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday, the likes of K L Rahul and Rishabh Pant will be aiming to cement their place in the squad. The series comes at a time when India are still auditioning for next year's T20 World Cup.
 
India will continue their preparations for the T20 World Cup in Australia and many players, whose places are not yet secure, will try to impress the team management and selectors with their performances against the West Indies. One such name is Rahul. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

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