IND vs WI: West Indies blown away by Rohit’s storm, India won the first T20 by 6 wickets, debut star Ravi Bishnoi also dominated

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Kolkata: Team India’s winning campaign continued in Kolkata under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. In the first T20 of the 3-match series, India defeated West Indies by 6 wickets at the Eden Gardens Stadium. Batting first, the visiting team scored 157 runs. In reply, India won the match by scoring 162 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 18.5 overs. Venkatesh Iyer hit the winning six. Captain Rohit scored 40 runs in 19 balls for the hosts. This is India’s 7th consecutive win (3 T20Is against New Zealand and 3 ODIs against West Indies) under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. In this way, India has taken a 1-0 lead in the series. The second match will be played at this ground on February 18. Earlier, India had also won the ODI series one-sided 3-0. Earlier in the IPL, wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran played an aggressive innings of 63 runs to take the West Indies out of trouble and reached 157 for 7 against India. Pooran was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the mega auction for Rs 10.75 crore. He hit five sixes and four fours in his 43-ball knock. The West Indies number three batsman had scored only 85 runs in the last IPL and could only manage 18, 9 and 34 runs in the three ODIs on the current tour. As soon as he came, he made his intentions clear by hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six. Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and first T20I Ravi Bishnoi broke the West Indies middle order by taking three wickets but Pooran scored 61 runs in the last five overs to take his team to a respectable score. Kieron Pollard, who returned fit, scored an unbeaten 24 runs in 19 balls with the help of two fours and a six. He could not play the last two ODIs due to fitness reasons. Jodhpur’s googly bowler Bishnoi made his debut match memorable, taking the wickets of Roston Chase (4) and Rovman Powell (2) for 17 runs in four overs. Bhuvneshwar dismissed Brendan King (4) in the very first over. Kyle Myers handled the innings with Pooran and took the score to 44 for one. After this Indian captain Rohit Sharma handed the ball to his most experienced spinner Chahal. Chahal would have dismissed Pooran on the very first ball but Bishnoi missed the catch. At that time, Pooran had scored only eight runs. Chahal dismissed Myers who also took DRS but the decision remained in favor of the bowler. Team India, chasing the target, was given the start of destruction by Rohit Sharma. He started the boundary by hitting a six in the second over and then took the news of other bowlers also fiercely. After hitting Sheldon Cottrell for a four, Odion Smith hit two fours and two sixes. A total of 22 runs were scored in this over of Smith. Although Rohit, who was batting stormy, was a bit unlucky. Smith caught the third ball of the 8th over going outside the boundary line and Rohit had to return to the pavilion. He scored 40 runs in 19 balls with the help of 4 fours and 3 sixes. After this the wickets of Ishan Kishan (42 balls, 35 runs) and Virat Kohli (13 balls, 17 runs) also fell. Ishaan was run by Roston Chase and Kohli was dismissed by Fabian Allen.

[Attribution to NBT]

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