Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team won the first T20I of the five-match T20I series by 68 runs against the Nicholas Pooran-led West Indies National Cricket Team at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad on Friday, July 29.
Losing the toss and batting first, India were able to post 190/6 on the board. The top 2 performers for India were skipper Rohit Sharma and veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik. India’s skipper scored amazing 64 runs off 44 balls, including 7 fours and 2 sixes, and Karthik was able to smash brilliant 41 runs off 19 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes.
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Defending the target, all the Indian bowlers performed excellently and except Hardik Pandya, everyone got at least one wicket each.
Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi and Ravichandran Ashwin bagged 2 wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja got one wicket each.
We knew it’s gonna be slightly tough, the shot-making wasn’t easy at the start – Rohit Sharma
During the post-match presentation ceremony, India captain Rohit Sharma said that they knew that the batting was not going to be easy on the surface. He added that he was not expecting India to reach 190 runs in 20 overs and lauded the batters for providing a great finish. He elaborated:
“We knew it’s gonna be slightly tough, the shot-making wasn’t easy at the start. The guys who are set need to carry on for longer and the way we finished off the first innings was a great effort.”
“When we finished the first 10 overs, we didn’t think we could get to 190. It was a great effort from the boys and a great finish. There are three facets of the game which we are trying to improve. We gotta try and back the ideas about executing it with the bat. We want to try certain things and all in all I thought it was a great effort.”
Rohit Sharma further said that he loves playing in West Indies as India National Cricket Team players get a lot of support from the local crowd as well as the Indian crowd travelling from USA. He said:
“Certain pitches will not allow you to do that and we need to assess how we go about. It is all about backing your skills and strengths. I love playing here in West Indies. Indian team always receives great support from the Indian crowd coming in from the USA and also the local crowd here, quite superb to get such support.”
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