West Indies secured a 1-0 series lead in the first T20I by defeating India by four runs. The hosts chose to bat first after winning the toss. India’s bowlers, including Yuzvendra Chahal and Arshdeep Singh, held the hosts to 149/6 in 20 overs. The top two scorers for West Indies were Rovman Powell and Nicolas Pooran. India was eventually bowled out for 145-9 in 20 overs, falling four runs short.
West Indies defeated India by four runs thanks to the bowlers, leading by 1-0
India struggled to chase a competitive total on a bowling-friendly pitch, but Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma fought back for some time.
The first T20I: India vs. WI
West Indies defeated India by four runs in the first T20I to take a 1-0 series lead at Brian Lara Stadium on Thursday. It became possible through outstanding bowling performances, particularly from pacers.
WI chose to bat first after winning the toss
India’s bowlers put in a strong team effort to hold West Indies to 149/6 in 20 overs after the hosts won the toss and decided to bat first. The top two scorers for the West Indies were captain Rovman Powell (48) and Nicolas Pooran (41).
Yuzvendra Chahal (2/24) and Arshdeep Singh (2/31) took two wickets for India, while captain Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav each took one.
Indian squad’s Batting performance
Ishan Kishan (6) and Shubman Gill (3) of India collapsed in the first five overs while chasing a competitive total on a pitch that favors bowlers. India was in serious trouble at 28-2 in 4.5 overs, but Suryakumar Yadav (21 off 21) and debutant Tilak Varma (39 off 22) worked together to turn the tide.
Jason Holder ended the partnership by removing Suryakumar in the ninth over. As India fell to 77-4 in 10.6 overs, Tilak was also hit by Romario Shepherd in the following over. After stabilizing the innings and putting together a partnership of 36 runs, captain Hardik Pandya (19 off 19) and Sanju Samson (12 off 12) got out in the same over.
Axar Patel’s 13 off 11 offered India a little optimism, but he was also out on the first ball of the 19th over. During his brief cameo (12 off 7), Arshdeep Singh helped India stay in the run chase with two boundaries before losing his wicket on the second to last ball of the innings.
WI batting performance
Before Chahal’s double strike hurt the hosts, West Indies made a strong start with opener Brandon King, who played well in the first four overs. Kyle Mayers and King, the hosts’ opening pair, were quickly dismissed by Chahal, leaving the host at 30/2 after five overs. In the eighth over, Kuldeep entered the fray and dismissed Johnson Charles.
West Indies were 69/3 at the halfway point thanks to Indian bowlers’ ability to slow down the home team’s run rate. In the 15th over, Pandya, who replaced Chahal as the bowler, got rid of the well-positioned Pooran out for 41. In the following two overs, Powell aimed for several big hits. After that, in the same over, Arshdeep struck and got rid of Hetmyer and Powell.
At Brian Lara Stadium on Thursday, West Indies defeated India by four runs to win the first T20I and take a 1-0 series lead.