India vs West Indies, 1st T20I Highlights: Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik set up crushing 68-run win for India | Cricket News

TAROUBA (PORT OF SPAIN): Rohit Sharma’s elegant half-century and Dinesh Karthik’s searing finish were buoyed by a solid bowling performance as India made short work of the West Indies with an easy 68-point victory in the first T20I on Friday.
While Rohit set up the platform with a 44-ball-64, it was Karthik’s calculated assault – an unbeaten 41 on 19 balls – that took India to 190 for six after being put at bat.
The last three overs of the Indian innings yielded 45 runs, which became the turning point.
How it happened
On a track where there was a spongy bounce with some cornering and grip, Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (2/22 in 4 overs), Ravindra Jadeja (1/26 in 4 overs) and Ravi Bishnoi (2/26 in 4 overs) earned wickets at even intervals to limit the hosts to 122 for eight in 20 overs.

Arshdeep Singh (2/24 in 4 overs) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/11 in 2 overs), despite some initial sticking, got their share of breakthroughs. Therefore, lower than normal issue by higher order except Rohit did not have telltale consequences for India.
For coach Rahul Dravid, almost every strategic change in the playing XI seemed to be working.

Suryakumar Yadav (24 from 16 balls) provided an interesting opening option while the manner in which Arshdeep tricked a raging Kyle Mayers with a short delivery speaks volumes about his temper.
Ashwin and Bishnoi, both non-regulars in the playing XI, were brilliant as the former showed his variations and the latter was happy to throw a bunch of googlies that the opposition hitters haven’t read most of the time. time.
Rohit in his element
However, if the setup is to be talked about, it was skipper Rohit, who gave a glimpse of his vintage self with some jaw-dropping snaps en route to his 27th half-century.
The Indian captain who has endured a barren spell in the shortest format since the IPL, has turned his game up from England’s T20s.
In the process, he reclaimed his position as best run-getter (3443 runs) in T20I from Martin Guptill (3399 runs).
His innings had seven fours and two sixes — a bobbing shot dancing down the lane from Jason Holder and a short-arm shot from Alazarri Joseph.
There were delightful boundaries, too – a back cut, a cover drive and a deliberate slip on a short third man to captivate a sizeable Indian crowd at the Brian Lara Stadium.
After being batted, Suryakumar Yadav’s rise to the top of the order showed that coach Rahul Dravid was still considering other options as Rohit’s opening partner, although Rishabh Pant had the looks comfortable as an opener.
To be fair, Surya didn’t do too badly and he showed some intent on his 16-ball 24, which included a jaw-dropping six – a hip pivot to send a rising delivery behind the square – in addition to three limits.
But, while trying to whip left arm spinner Akeal Hosein through the middle wicket, all Surya managed was a thick outside edge for the short third man.
Much of the credit goes to Hosein, who was brought well inside the power play and did a brilliant job with 1-for-14 numbers, including 14 point balls.
It was Hosein, who didn’t let Rohit play during this phase while Shreyas Iyer (0), Pant (14 from 12 balls) and Hardik Pandya (1) didn’t have too many at the other end.
Karthik, the team’s designated finisher, justified his billing as 52 runs came out of the final four overs in a stand at the seventh wicket with Ashwin (13 not out).
It was left to Karthik, the perennial “20-ball man,” who smashed four fours and two sixes in a 360-degree display of the shot.

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