India wins T20 by 6 wickets against West Indies


Virat Kohli


India wins first T20  by 6 wickets against West Indies Virat Kohli scored 94 and still not out,as India has their highest successful run chase in a T20 International against West Indies by six wickets in the first match here on Friday.

The Rahul also got an impressive 62 run out off just 40 balls to help India chase down the target of 208 with eight balls.The highest score for India in a T20I was 207 against Sri Lanka in 2009 in Mohali.

India took a 1-0 lead in the three series match.On Sunday the second T20 International will be played in Thiruvananthapuram.

Due to the absence of injured Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul played to score his 7th T20I fifty, during which he hit four sixes to make himself to be in India’s squad for next year in T20 World Cup.

Virat  Kohli  played the second fiddle till Rahul was around, Virat Kohli showed his class and opened up his arms to notch up his 50 out off 35 balls and guided India to a rather comprehensive win as the home side reached 208 for 4 in 18.4 overs.

For the victory Rahul and Virat  Kohli shared 100 runs for the second wicket. Virat Kohli in the end remained unbeaten. Virat Kohli hit as many sixes and six fours from the 50 balls.

Rishabh Pant made 18 out off 9 deliveries but again threw away his wicket.

India however made a quiet start as the first over with just four runs. But Rahul struck three boundaries off Jason Holder to give India a chase.

India were dealt a severe blow in the fourth over when Rohit Sharma picked out Shimron Hetmyer at deep midwicket off the bowling of Khary Pierre with India’s scoreboard 30 in 3.2 overs.

However To take India forward Rahul meant business as he continued his onslaught and struck Sheldon Cotrell and Pierre for two sixes in consecutive overs.

Shimron earlier struck a quick half century as West Indies produced a good batting display to post a challenging.

Aggressive Hetmyer made 56 out off 41 balls which was studded with two boundaries and four hits over the fence to hold West Indies from one end after being sent into bat.

He first added 37 runs with Brandon King 31 out off 23 balls, and then shared 71 runs with skipper Kieron Pollard 37 out off 19 balls, to lay the base for the West Indies.

However the Indians, were far from impressive on the field as Sundar and Rohit Sharma dropped a few catches.

Washington Sundar 1 by 34 leaked runs in the first over before Deepak Chahar 1 by 56 gave India the breakthrough in the next over, taking the wicket of Lendl Simmons, caught by Rohit Sharma.

Evin  Lewis 40 out off 17, and To take West Indies forward young King then added 51 runs for the second wicket, during which they played some fearless shots.

To make his intentions clear Lewis pulled Chahar for two sixes in the fourth over.

He continued the onslaught and struck comeback man Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six and a four in consecutive balls.

Then he smoked off-spinner Sundar over the cover boundary but perished in the next ball, LBW in search of one shot too many.

Young King and Hetmyer then added 37 runs for the third wicket before the former was stumped by Rishabh Pant off Ravindra Jadeja’s 1 by 30 bowling.

On the other hand, Hetmyer went about his business in a fashion, hitting the bad deliveries out of the park to register his fifth half-century in T20 cricket in 35 balls.