1st T20I: Rohit, Karthik and bowlers guide India to 68-run win over West Indies (Ld)

Rohit’s scintillating half-century (64 off 44) and Karthik’s final flourish (41 not out in 19) helped India reach 190/6 in 20 overs after being invited to bat first. Apart from Rohit and Karthik, Suryakumar Yadav (24 off 16) made the main contribution with the bat for India.

Chasing a challenging total, Kyle Meyers made his intention clear early on, all guns blazing against the Indian fast bowlers. However, he could not last long as Arshdeep Singh set him up with a short delivery. The move to send Jason Holder backfired as he was clean bowled by Ravindra Jadeja.

Shamrah Brooks was the frontrunner, who was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Ravichandran Ashwin also recovered from a big scalp from Nicholas Pooran hitting some boundaries as the hosts found themselves on 66/4.

From there it was a long task for West Indies and the Indian spinners ensured that there was no miraculous chase of cards. Ashwin took another wicket while Ravi Bishnoi also bowled brilliantly after coming into the attack.

Eventually, West Indies were reduced to 122-8 in 20 overs, losing by a huge margin. Ravichandran Ashwin (2/22), Arshdeep Singh (2/24) and Ravi Bishnoi (2/26) were the most successful bowlers for India.

Earlier, India tried a new opening pair as Suryakumar Yadav came to open the innings with Rohit. The two shared a quick partnership of 44 off 28 balls before Suryakumar (24 for 16) was dismissed by Akil Hossein in the fifth over. Shreyas Iyer, who came to bat next, was dismissed for naught in the 6th over as India ended the powerplay at 45/2.

The India captain was hitting regular boundaries, including a six off Joseph, and helped India make good progress despite a couple of wickets each. Pant also swung into action with a few boundaries off Keemo Paul, but was dismissed for 14 for 12 by short third man off the last ball of the 10th over, leaving India at 88/3.

Despite Pant’s wicket, Rohit remained positive and scored a fifty in 35 balls with the help of two consecutive fours off Joseph. But Hardik fell in the same over, bowled a short delivery to third-man where McCoy took a good catch.

With Rohit well set up at the crease, India were hoping for a big total but their stay at the crease ended due to a diving catch from Hetmyer off a slow delivery. Jadeja ended the over with a boundary but it fell in the next over as India were 138/6 after 16 overs.

From there, it was left to Karthik—the designated finisher—to work for India. The veteran justified his role and he along with R Ashwin (13 not out off 10) scored 21 and 15 in the 19th and 20th overs respectively to take India 190-6 in 20 overs.

Alzarri Joseph (2/46), Jason Holder (1/50), Akil Hossein (1/14), Keemo Paul (1/24), Obed McCoy (1/30) were the wicket-takers for West Indies.

Brief scores: India 190/6 (Rohit 64, Karthik 41 not out; Alzarri Joseph 2/46) beat West Indies 122/8 in 20 overs (Shamar Brooks 20; Ravichandran Ashwin 2/22, Arshdeep Singh 2/6) 24 ) by 68 runs

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