Rohit, Karthik and the spinners usher in India’s victory


India 190 for six (Rohit 64, Karthik 41*, Joseph 2-46) beat West Indies 122 for 8 (Brooks 20, Ashwin 2-22, Arshdeep 2-24, Bishnoi 2-26) by 68 runs

Within the first worldwide sport at Brian Lara Stadium, India’s transfer to go in with three spinners – versus West Indies’ one – reaped wealthy dividends as Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi mixed to select 5 of the eight wickets to fall, serving to them to a 68-run win within the first T20I of the 5 match collection.

In T20s earlier than Friday at this floor, spinners had an financial system fee of 6.31, which is the fourth-lowest amongst all of the venues in West Indies. They averaged 20.91 – once more the fourth-lowest at any Caribbean venue the place spinners have bowled in additional than ten innings.

India managed to submit a tall 190 for six on a seemingly slowish floor, due to captain Rohit Sharma‘s half century and Dinesh Karthik‘s good ending act of an unbeaten 41 off simply 19 balls earlier than the West Indies’ batting was entangled within the internet of spin.

One other companion for Rohit

After being put to bat, Rohit walked out with a brand new companion, Suryakumar Yadav, who was the seventh opener for India in T20Is this yr. Suryakumar bought going rapidly with a 4 off Obed McCoy within the first over after which one other off Jason Holder within the subsequent. His trademark wristily-flick for six over high-quality leg additionally made an look – debutant Alzarri Joseph bearing the ignominy.

Nonetheless Akeal Hosein’s introduction had Suryakumar stalling. He was dropped off the primary ball from the spinner earlier than a prime edge on the very subsequent ball noticed it evade the bowler working again. Nonetheless, Hosein had the final chuckle within the subsequent over after Suryakumar’s tried whip resulted in a thick vanguard to quick third.

Change in tempo results in change of momentum

India had raced to 44 inside 5 overs however Suryakumar’s wicket slowed down the proceedings. Regardless of discovering a few boundaries early on, Rohit struggled to get the ball away. With the odd ball gripping the floor, Hosein and McCoy used that to their benefit with the latter dismissing Shreyas Iyer for a four-ball duck.

Whereas Rohit bought his eye in, Rishabh Pant threw his fingers round to get a few fours. Their partnership of 43 off simply 25 balls helped Rohit free himself up. However then India misplaced Pant and Hardik Pandya – who ramped a Joseph quick ball straight to deep third for his maiden T20I wicket – in fast succession to search out themselves at 102 for 4 with over eight overs left.

The proper end

Within the interim Rohit bought to his twenty seventh half-century in T20Is off 35 balls. Simply when he began accelerating, he slapped Holder straight to sweeper cowl. At 131 for five in 15 overs on a monitor slowing down, India regarded on target to complete across the 170-run mark.

However Karthik as soon as once more aced in his designated finisher’s function to assist India get near 200. He used the crease nicely to place the bowlers off their traces and lengths. Within the firm of Ashwin, he took a toll on the erring Holder and McCoy to assist India amass 36 off the final two overs.

Spin to win

Of their pursuit of 191, Kyle Mayers bought West Indies off to a fast begin, serving to them rating 11 off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s first over and as many within the first three balls of Arshdeep Singh’s over. Nonetheless, Arshdeep managed to deceive Mayers with an off-pace quick ball to crash-land the chase.

Holder, despatched in at No. 3 could not see off Ravindra Jadeja’s spin whereas Ashwin managed to see the again of the left-handers in Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer. Ravi Bishnoi then dismissed Rovman Powell and Odean Smith in successive overs to just about seal the sport.

S Sudarshanan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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