Rohit, who was rested for the ODIs, put on a solid show on his return and played some brilliant shots. In the process, he regained his position as the highest run-scorer in T20Is (3443 runs) from Martin Guptill (3399 runs).
Opting to bat first, India tried a new opening pair as Suryakumar Yadav came to open the innings with Rohit. The two shared a quick partnership of 44 runs in 28 balls before Suryakumar (24 off 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 it helped India make good progress despite some quick wickets. 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.
Brief Scores: India 190/6 (Rohit 64, Karthik 41 not out; Alzarri Joseph 2/46) 20 overs vs West Indies
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