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India vs West Indies - 1st T20I

Series: West Indies in India, 3 T20I Series, 2018
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date: 04 November 2018

India 110/5 (17.5 Ovs) RR: 6.16 | India beat West Indies by 5 wickets

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Krunal Pandya comes in for the final rites.

14.6
0
K Pierre to M Pandey, OUT c & b Khary Pierre. India have lost their fifth wicket.
14.5
0
K Pierre to M Pandey, No run.
14.4
1
K Pierre to D Karthik, 1 run.
14.3
0
K Pierre to D Karthik, No run.
14.2
1
K Pierre to M Pandey, 1 run.
14.1
1
K Pierre to D Karthik, Tossed up on middle stump, Karthik pushes it for a single down the leg side.
13.6
2
C Brathwaite to M Pandey, Fuller in length, out comes the drive but this time mid off gets to the ball with a dive to his left. However, it is not a clean stop and two runs are taken. Brathwaite is done for the night - a brave effort but the target is way too small. 4-1-11-2.
13.5
4
C Brathwaite to M Pandey, FOUR! Nicely done. On a length outside off, Pandey punches this wide of mid off and gets a boundary!
13.4
0
C Brathwaite to M Pandey, A bouncer, around middle, Pandey ducks under it.
13.3
1
C Brathwaite to D Karthik, Outside off, dabbed towards third man for a single.
13.2
0
C Brathwaite to D Karthik, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
13.1
0
C Brathwaite to D Karthik, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.

Brathwaite is back.

12.6
0
K Pierre to M Pandey, Outside off, pushed towards point.
12.5
0
K Pierre to M Pandey, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
12.4
2
K Pierre to M Pandey, Outside off, steered behind point for a couple.
12.3
0
K Pierre to M Pandey, Full and around off, Pandey looks to play that inside out but nearly chips it towards cover.
12.2
1
K Pierre to D Karthik, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
12.1
1
K Pierre to M Pandey, Tossed up on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
11.6
4
K Pollard to D Karthik, FOUR! Very poor over from Pollard. Short of a length delivery, Dinesh pulls it towards mid-wicket and the fielder dives but the ball races away to the boundary. 12 runs came off that over.
11.5
4
K Pollard to D Karthik, FOUR! Another one bowled down the leg side, Karthik flicks it behind fine leg for a boundary.
11.4
0
K Pollard to D Karthik, Good length delivery on off stump, Karthik defends it towards point.
11.3
0
K Pollard to D Karthik, Good delivery on off stump, the batsman defends on the back foot.
11.2
0
K Pollard to D Karthik, Full delivery on off stump, Karthik hits it towards the bowler.
11.1
4
K Pollard to D Karthik, FOUR! Bad delivery to start with. Bowls down the leg side, Karthik flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary.

Kieron Pollard into the attack now.

10.6
1
K Pierre to D Karthik, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
10.5
0
K Pierre to D Karthik, Full and around off, watchfully kept out.
10.4
0
K Pierre to D Karthik, Around off, solidly defended.
10.3
1
K Pierre to M Pandey, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
10.2
0
K Pierre to M Pandey, Around off, the arm ball, Panday goes back to cut but is too close to the ball. Gets a bottom edge which just misses the stumps.
10.1
1
K Pierre to D Karthik, Landed on off stump, punched through the covers for a single.

A bit of a break as dew is being swept off the ground. Khary Pierre introduced now.

9.6
1
C Brathwaite to D Karthik, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
9.5
1
C Brathwaite to M Pandey, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
9.4
0
C Brathwaite to M Pandey, Short and outside off, stays a touch low, Pandey hops and slashes but misses.
9.3
0
C Brathwaite to M Pandey, A short ball, around middle, Pandey looks to hook but misses.
9.2
0
C Brathwaite to M Pandey, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
9.1
0
C Brathwaite to M Pandey, Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
8.6
0
O Thomas to D Karthik, Good length delivery, Karthik pushes it to short cover.
8.5
6
O Thomas to D Karthik, TOP EDGE, SIX! Good short stuff bowling from Thomas reminding us of the 80's Windies team. Short of a length delivery, The Indian stumper gets a top edge behind fine leg and goes for a six. 50 up for India.
8.4
0
O Thomas to D Karthik, Good short stuff from the Windies, Dinesh defends on the back foot.
8.3
0
O Thomas to D Karthik, Good length delivery outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.

A forward short leg in place now. Interesting...

8.2
0
O Thomas to D Karthik, Good short delivery, Karthik defends on the back foot.
8.1
1
O Thomas to M Pandey, Quick delivery on leg stump, Pandey somehow pushes it towards square leg for a single.

Oshant Thomas is bowling out. Big punt by Brathwaite. A wicket here and well, you never know... 1-0 might be a possibility.

7.6
0
C Brathwaite to D Karthik, Outside off, coming in with the angle, Dinesh feels for the ball but then it straightens a touch, missing the outside edge. A WICKET MAIDEN FROM BRATHWAITE! His figures read 2-1-2-2!
7.5
0
C Brathwaite to D Karthik, Around off, solidly defended.
7.4
0
C Brathwaite to D Karthik, Short and outside off, Karthik reaches out to cut but misses. The keeper and bowler start to appeal but nothing from the umpire.

Dinesh Karthik, India's Mr.Dependable, walks in at number 6, replacing Rahul.

7.3
0
C Brathwaite to L Rahul, OUT! Rahul goes too! India are now 4 down. A short ball, outside off, Rahul pulls it uppishly but hits it straight to Darren Bravo at deep square leg! Could not have picked the fielder any better. A meter either side of him would have been a boundary but... that is what life is - full of ifs and buts.
7.2
0
C Brathwaite to L Rahul, Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
7.1
0
C Brathwaite to L Rahul, On a length outside off, extra bounce, Rahul drops it down beside him.
6.6
1
K Paul to L Rahul, Good delivery on off stump, Rahul tucks it for a single.
6.5
1
K Paul to M Pandey, The batsman has played it fine down the leg side. One run added to the total.
6.4
4
K Paul to M Pandey, FOUR! Good shot. Pitched up on middle stump, Pandey goes straight past the bowler and gets a boundary towards mid on.
6.4
0
K Paul to M Pandey, WIDE! Down the leg side, Pandey watches it go.
6.3
1
K Paul to L Rahul, Short delivery, Rahul pulls it towards square leg and gets a single.
6.2
1
K Paul to M Pandey, Good short delivery on off stump, Pandey gets a leading edge behind slips and gets a single.
6.1
1
K Paul to L Rahul, Good length delivery on off stump, Rahul hits it towards third man for a single.
5.6
0
C Brathwaite to M Pandey, The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh pad. 35/3 for India in the Powerplay, as opposed to 31/3 by the Windies. Nothing much to choose there...
5.5
0
C Brathwaite to M Pandey, The batsman has played it to the point region.

Manish Pandey comes in at number 5, replacing Pant.

5.4
0
C Brathwaite to R Pant, OUT! Third wicket down! Windies are surely making life a bit difficult for the Indians. Pant departs as well. A bit of a rash shot. Perhaps he wanted to maximize whatever was left of the Powerplay. A length ball, around middle, Rishabh looks to pull but gets a top edge. The ball goes miles in the air and Darren Bravo comes running in from cover, calls for the catch and then takes it. Well, this is now turning out to be an interesting catch. Very good catch from Bravo, considering that Fabian Allen was coming in from point too.
5.4
0
C Brathwaite to R Pant, WIDE. Short and down the leg side, Pant misses his pull.
5.3
0
C Brathwaite to L Rahul, The length delivery, around middle, Rahul misses his tuck and gets hit on the pads. A leg bye taken.
5.2
0
C Brathwaite to L Rahul, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
5.1
1
C Brathwaite to R Pant, Outside off, Pant pushes it towards third man for a single.
4.6
4
O Thomas to L Rahul, FOUR! Tickled away fine! Oshane Thomas is losing his length. Bowls it down the leg side, Rahul flicks it towards fine leg for another boundary. 10 runs from the over.
4.5
0
O Thomas to L Rahul, FOUR BYES! That missed everything and everyone. Well directed bouncer around middle, Rahul looks to pull but misses. The ball flies over the keeper and runs away to the boundary.
4.4
0
O Thomas to L Rahul, Good short delivery on off stump, Rahul hits it towards short cover.
4.3
2
O Thomas to L Rahul, Short and wide outside off stump, Rahul cuts it towards point and the batsmen run for a couple.
4.2
0
O Thomas to L Rahul, Short delivery, Rahul leaves it alone.
4.1
0
O Thomas to L Rahul, Good length delivery on off stump, Rahul cuts it towards point.
3.6
0
K Paul to R Pant, Outside off, left alone.
3.5
1
K Paul to L Rahul, Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
3.5
0
K Paul to L Rahul, WIDE. A short ball, down the leg side, Rahul looks to hook but misses. Too high.
3.4
0
K Paul to L Rahul, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot only.
3.3
0
K Paul to L Rahul, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
3.2
4
K Paul to L Rahul, FOUR! Oozing class. On a length outside off, Rahul punches it through the covers for a boundary.
3.1
0
K Paul to L Rahul, Full and around off, swinging away, Rahul works it towards point.
2.6
0
O Thomas to R Pant, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. Another terrific over from Oshane Thomas.

Rishabh Pant comes in at number 4, replacing Dhawan.

2.5
0
O Thomas to S Dhawan, OUT! Oshane gets Dhawan again! Clean bowled and the middle stump and Dhawan - both go for a walk. Beautiful delivery into the left-hander, Dhawan just misses it completely and gets clean bowled. Big gap left between bat and pad.
2.4
0
O Thomas to S Dhawan, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
2.3
0
O Thomas to S Dhawan, FOUR LEG BYES! Badly lined. Full on the pads, Dhawan looks to flick but does not get bat and the ball runs off his pads towards fine leg for a boundary. The umpire signals it as leg byes.

Slight halt in play. Shikhar Dhawan gets a change of bats.

2.2
0
O Thomas to S Dhawan, Full toss around off, swinging in, Dhawan looks to drive and flick but gets it off the inner half towards mid on.
2.1
1
O Thomas to L Rahul, Full on middle, Rahul works it through the leg side for a single.
1.6
1
K Paul to L Rahul, Short again, slapped through the covers where a misfield allows the single. Rahul is off the mark.
1.5
0
K Paul to L Rahul, Short and outside off, punched straight to cover.
1.4
1
K Paul to S Dhawan, Around off, tapped to the off side for a quick run.
1.3
0
K Paul to S Dhawan, Outside off, a play and a miss.
1.2
2
K Paul to S Dhawan, On middle and leg, turned towards square leg for a single.
1.1
0
K Paul to S Dhawan, Around off, defended watchfully.

Lokesh Rahul comes in at number 3, replacing Rohit. Keemo Paul to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, OUT! There is a spike and Rohit has to go! No love affair with Eden tonight. Thomas gets one early. Angling into the right hander, the batsman gets beaten and gets an inside edge and goes towards the keeper for a comfortable catch. India lose their first wicket.
0.6
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, Wide. The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. Wide signalled by the umpire.
0.5
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
0.4
4
O Thomas to R Sharma, FOUR! Up and over! The first boundary of the run chase. Short and wide outside off stump, the batsman hits it too hard over the cover fielder who tries to get a hand on it but does not get it. The ball goes for a boundary.
0.3
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, Good length delivery outside off stump, Sharma leaves it alone.
0.2
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, Good short delivery on middle stump, Rohit looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad.
0.1
2
O Thomas to R Sharma, Length delivery on middle stump, Rohit gets an edge towards the point region.

The Windies get into a huddle. What can they get out of this T20I? Maybe try and slow India down with a few wickets? Out come the openers. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Oshane Thomas to start off the proceedings to the Indian skipper.