IND vs WI, 1st T20I: West Indies beat India by four runs in the first T20I of the five-match series on Thursday at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba in Trinidad.
West Indies stunned India by four runs to capture the opening T20 International on Thursday as the excursionists flopped in pursuit of a modest 150- run target.
Well- placed at 77- 3 in the 11th over thanks to debutant Tilak Varma’s top score of 39 and 21 from Suryakumar Yadav, India also lost six lattices for just 68 runs.
Shimron Hetmyer, playing transnational justice for the first time in 12 months, starred in the field for the West Indies, taking three catches and effecting the run- eschewal of Arshdeep Singh in the final over to bring the low- scoring clash to a conclusion.
The 20- time-old Varma, who helped light up the IPL with 343 runs for the Mumbai Indians this season, hit three sixes in his 22- ball innings.
Two of his sixes came in the first three balls he faced from Alzarri Joseph.
His innings ended on the last ball of the 11th over when he was caught at fine leg by Hetmyer off- pace bowler Romario Shepherd with the aggregate at 77.
Ten runs before, Suryakumar had been the third gate to fall, brilliantly caught by Hetmyer, who dived to his left at short redundant cover off the bowling of Jason Holder.
Skipper Hardik Pandya (19), Axar Patel (13) and Singh (12) all made useful benefactions but plodded to force the pace on a slow pitch at the Brian Lara Stadium.
Holder was particularly emotional for the West Indies with numbers of 2- 19 from his four overs and was named man of the match.
Before captain Rovman Powell top- scored with 48 as the West Indies made 149- 6 after winning the toss and concluding to club.
Powell hit three fours and three sixes in his 32- ball knock after Nicholas Pooran fell for 41, but the West Indies was confined to only 21 off the final three overs.
Pooran was coming off a match- winning 137 not out in last week’s Major League Cricket final in the US for Mumbai Indians- backed MI New York.
Leg- incentive Yuzvendra Chahal trapped Kyle Mayers leg- ahead for one and removed fellow nature Brandon King( 28) the same way two balls latterly.
Johnson Charles added just three before slicing a catch to Varma in the deep out left- arm wrist- incentive Kuldeep Yadav.
Pooran and Powell gave the innings some instigation before both drilled out either side of Hetmyer’s redundancy for 10.
The coming two games will be played in Bridgetown on Sunday and Tuesday before the series concludes at Lauderhill in Florida on August 12 and 13.
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