India vs West Indies: Kohli’s masterstroke Sealed an Indian Win at Hyderabad

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India vs West Indies First T20 Match 2019 Highlights – It was an awesome batting effort from the King of International cricket which allowed India to chase a stiff target down put up by the visitors West Indies. Earlier in the day, the bowlers disappointed as the Windies batters cashed in on short deliveries and then the fielders too made a mockery of catches and dropped five catches in all.

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India vs West Indies First T20 Match 2019 Highlights – But thankfully it did not hurt India as Virat Kohli stepped on the gear and hit some mind-blowing shots which allowed India to seal the 1st T20 International Match of the three-match T20 International series. Kohli started slowly but when he found his lost touch he didn’t look back and guided India to another win in the shortest format. The Indian skipper has played some lovely knocks but this innings from Kohli gave a lesson to everyone who idolizes Virat. He looked scratchy at the start but when he found his lost Midas touch, he made that opportunity count and gave another T20 International win for India.

India vs West Indies First T20 Match 2019 Highlights

Earlier in the day India won the toss and put West Indies to bat. The visitors started in a blazing fashion. Lendi Simmions didn’t do much but Evin Lewis and Brandon King, Shrimron Hetmyer and Skipper Kieron Pollard were too good and successful in having an upper hand against the Indian bowlers.

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The defending champions are ranked number 10 in the T20 International rankings but they have the best names in T20. They showed why they can be the best. In this match, Evin Lewis cashed on the opportunities presented by the Indian bowlers. He provided the much-needed start to the West Indies.

India vs West Indies First T20 Match 2019 Highlights – The bowlers didn’t bowl to the good length area. They kept bowling short which helped Lewis and King to cash in. Deepak Chachar got the wicket of Lendi Simmions with a full delivery. But the youngster kept bowling short and with him, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Washington Sundar also joined in. The West Indies scored 68 runs in the first six overs of the power play.

After the power play overs also India couldn’t pull things back to their favor. Kohli brought Jaddu and Chahal into the attack but that didn’t make any difference to the visiting team. West Indies scored 101 in their first 10 overs and they raced away with many more in the latter half of the innings.

India vs West Indies First T20 Match 2019 Highlights – West Indies onslaught started due to an impressive knock played by Shrimron Hetmyer. West Indies maintained their run rate at a high point because of the duo of Hetmyer and Skipper Pollard. The fielding standards are generally high under Virat Kohli’s captaincy but in this match the Indian fielders were sloppy and they couldn’t grab on the half-chances which should have been taken. The Indian fielders put down five crucial catches which could have helped them to restrict West Indies under 200 runs.

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But the visitors continued to put on the woes on the hosts. In the last six overs, West Indies scored 66 runs which also included 17 run overs in the 18th and the 20th over. West Indies piled up a huge score of 207 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

India vs West Indies First T20 Match 2019 Highlights – The chase for India didn’t begin well. India lost Rohit Sharma for just 8 runs only. But it was KL Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli who steadied the innings and guided India to victory. VK had a shaky start to his innings but he sped up his recovery and shared a match-winning stand with KL Rahul.

This innings from Virat saw two Kohlis. One who struggled at the start and the other was just awesome to watch in the end. At the start, the skipper struggled to time the ball, he often mistimed many shots and those couldn’t come off the middle of the bat.

India vs West Indies First T20 Match 2019 Highlights – He once took eyes off the short ball and got upset on himself. Then he looked at the square leg umpire who didn’t call the bouncer as a waist height no-ball. Due to that India struggled at the 10th over mark. At the halfway stage India had scored just 89 runs for the loss of one wicket.

KL Rahul provided able support at the other end. It was Rahul’s innings which helped the Indian skipper to take time in this big run chase. Rahul got his back to back fifties in style but after that, he hit the ball straight to Kieron Pollard off Kharry Pierre’s delivery which allowed West Indies make a comeback in the match. Rahul departed after scoring 62 runs.

India vs West Indies First T20 Match 2019 Highlights – From the 15th over, the skipper relied on strength rather than trying to slog the ball. He remained in shape as it was necessary because the required run rate was high. He drove the slower delivery from Pollard for a huge six. This shot was pure timing from Kohli and that was the shot which allowed him to realize his strength.

From that shot, there wasn’t a single unconvincing shot from Virat Kohli. After that Kohli went at a brisk pace and smashed another boundary off Keserick Williams bowling. Then came the awe moment when he played that bottom hand whip which Kohli dispatched to the long region for another boundary. Then that celebration of signing a notebook was a payback to Williams which he indulged after getting Kohli out in Jamaica on the 2017 tour to West Indies.

Sheldon Cottrell bowled a good 17th over and picked the wicket of Rishabh Pant for 18 runs which Rishabh scored from just 8 balls. But that didn’t stop Kohli and in the next over from Pollard gave India another blow. Pollard dismissed Shreyas Iyer with a mind-boggling return catch of his bowling. Iyer was out for just 4 runs.

India vs West Indies First T20 Match 2019 Highlights – Then it was Kohli who guided the innings with young Shivam Dube who wasn’t allowed to face even a single delivery. At last, Kohli smashed two more sixes and wrapped up the run chase in style. India is 1-0 up in the series as the men in blue won this 1st encounter by 6 wickets and 8 balls to spare.

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Man of the match was awarded to Virat Kohli for his phenomenal batting display. He guided his team in this run chase and was 94 not-out in this match.

Next Match will be played on Sunday 8th December 2019 at Thiruvananthapuram.

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