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Ind vs WI (First T20I): Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya guide India to the victory
By Sandy - Nov 4, 2018 11:07 pm
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Debutant Krunal Pandya and the wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik guided India to a victory after safely chased the 110-run target in 17.5 overs while they lost five wickets (110/5) against the Windies in the first T20I at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) on Sunday night.

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Krunal Pandya and Dinesh Karthik after securing the victory

After winning the toss, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma decided to field first. Windies batsmen totally failed to stand against the Indian bowlers as they lost the wickets in regular intervals.

Once again, the Windies top-order batsmen failed to provide a good start and it hurt hugely the visitors. Apart from the lower-order batsman Fabian Allen, who scored 27 off 20 balls (4 fours), none of Windies batsmen reached the 20-run marks.

Opener Shai Hope (14), no.3 and no.4 batsmen Shimron Hetmyer (10) and Kieran Pollard (14) and another lower-order batsman Keemo Paul (15*) were the other men to play the double-digit knocks in this innings.

Among the Indian bowlers, the left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav was the best as his bowling figure was 4-0-13-3. Also, the pacers Umesh Yadav (1/36) & Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) and the debutants Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) & Krunal Pandya (1/15) all took one wicket each.

In reply, the Indian top-order batsmen struggled against the Windies bowlers and lost their wickets at cheap. While both the openers – skipper Rohit Sharma (6) and Shikhar Dhawan (3) – failed to reach the double-digit scores along with the no.4 batsman Rishabh Pant (1), KL Rahul (16) and Manish Pandey (19) failed to reach the 20-run marks.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik and the debutant Krunal Pandya played crucial knocks and rescued the hosts to secure a five-wicket victory with 13 balls remaining. Both batsmen remained unbeaten as Karthik scored 31 runs off 34 balls (3 fours and only six) and Pandya played a memorable debutant knock of 21 off 9 balls (3 fours) to secure a brilliant victory.

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Dinesh Karthik

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Among the Windies bowlers, the debutant pacer Oshane Thomas (2/21) and the skipper Carlos Brathwaite (2/11) both took two wickets each, while another debutant left-arm spinner Khary Pierre (1/16) picked up one wicket.

Kuldeep Yadav won the Player of the Match award for his brilliant bowling. With this first T20I victory, India has taken the 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.

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Kuldeep Yadav with the Man of the Match award

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