Virat Kohli's 94* helps India chase down 207 against West Indies on a batting beauty in Hyderabad
After struggling for the initial part of the innings, Kohli came to his own ultimately with a 51-ball 94 to take the team home by 6 wickets.
West Indies 207-5 (20 Overs; Hetmyer56(41), Lewis40(17); Chahal2/36, Jadeja1/30)
India 209-4 (18.4 Overs; Kohli(c)94(50), Rahul62(40); K Pierre2/44, Cottrell1/24)
Result - India won by 6 wickets
India win!— ICC (@ICC) December 6, 2019
Another wonderfully paced run-chase led by Virat Kohli, who also had some fun during his innings ??
The Indian captain hit 94*, his highest score In T20Is ?? #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/v3bQcRjbMC
India won the toss and decided to field first in the 1st T20I of the series. West Indies had two experienced openers Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis open the betting for them. Deepak Chahar struck early for India, dismissing Simmons for 2.
Lewis and Brandon King then went on to add some quick runs. Shimron Hetmyer, who had been struggling for form of late, also contributed a 41-ball 36. A few lusty blows from skipper Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder towards the end, ensured that West Indies breached the 200 mark.
Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar were very expensive for India, conceding runs at 11.33 and 14 per over. Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers.
After Rohit Sharma was dismissed early, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli joined forces to keep the team in the chase. Rahul was dismissed by Khary Pierre after registering a classy half-century.
With a couple of blows from Pant, it was Kohli who single-handedly pummeled the chase towards the end. After struggling for the initial part of the innings, Kohli came to his own ultimately with a 51-ball 94 to take the team home by 6 wickets.
Sheldon Cottrell was the stand out bowler for West Indies and picked up one wicket while bowling at an economy of 6.
India - Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal
West Indies - Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Jason Holder, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams
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