Poor batting lets Windies down again

first_img WEST INDIES S Hope run out 14 +D Ramdin c wkp Karthik b Umesh Yadav 2 S Hetmyer c wkp Karthik b Bumrah 10 K Pollard c Pandey b Pandy a 14 DM Bravo c Dhawan b Kuldeep Yadav 5 R Powell c wkp Karthik b Kuldeep Yadav 4 *C Brathwaite lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 4 F Allen c Umesh Yadav b Khaleel Ahmed 27 K Paul not out 15 K Pierre not out 9 Extras (lb2, w3) 5 TOTAL (8 wkts, 20 overs) 109 Did not bat: O Thomas. Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Ramdin), 2-22 (Hope), 3-28 (Hetmyer), 4-47 (Pollard), 5-49 (Bravo), 6-56 (Powell), 7-63 (Brathwaite), 8-87 (Allen). Bowling: Umesh Yadav 4-0-36-1, Khaleel 4-1-16-1 (w1), Bumrah 4-0-27-1, Pandya 4-0-15-1 (w2), Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-13-3. INDIA SCOREBOARDcenter_img *Rohit Sharma c wkp Ramdin b Thomas 6 S Dhawan b Thomas 3 KL Rahul c DM Bravo b Brathwaite 16 R Pant c DM Bravo b Brathwaite 1 M Pandey c & b Pierre 19 +D Karthik not out 31 K Pandya not out 21 Extras (b4, lb5, w4) 13 TOTAL (5 wkts, 17.5 overs) 110 Did not bat: Kuldeep Yadav, J Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav. Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Rohit), 2-16 (Dhawan), 3-35 (Pant), 4-45 (Rahul), 5-83 (Pandey) Bowling: Thomas 4-0-21-2 (w1), Paul 3.5-0-30-0 (w2), Brathwaite 4-1-11-2 (w1), Pierre 4-0-16-1, Pierre 1-0-12-0, Allen 1-0-11-0. Result: India won by five wickets. Series: India lead three-match series 1-0. Man-of-the-Match: Kuldeep Yadav. Toss: India. Umpires: Chettithody Shamshuddin, Nandan; TV – Anil Chaudhary. KOLKATA, India (CMC): The Windies made a fist of it, but the lack of runs, courtesy another batting implosion, proved their downfall as they slipped to a five-wicket defeat to India in the opening Twenty20 International yesterday. Defending an inadequate 109 at Eden Gardens, the Windies were in the contest after reducing the hosts to 45 for four in the eighth over as debutant fast bowler Oshane Thomas produced a fiery spell to unsettle the top order. But India steadied themselves through a fifth-wicket partnership between Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey to get over the line with 13 balls remaining and extend the Windies’ misery on tour. Karthik top-scored with an unbeaten 31 off 34 deliveries, while debutant Krunal Pandya chipped in with 21 not out off nine balls, delivering India’s 12th victory in their last 15 T20 Internationals for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The 21-year-old Thomas, who made his international debut in the just-concluded one-day series, shone brightly with two for 21 from four overs, which included 17 dot balls, while skipper Carlos Brathwaite was outstanding with two for 11 from his four overs. The Windies had earlier fallen apart spectacularly to finish on 109 for eight off their 20 overs – their lowest-ever total against the Indians and their eighth-lowest overall. All-rounder Fabian Allen, on debut, top-scored with 27 from 20 deliveries, but he was the only one to pass 20. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav continued his excellent run on the tour, claiming three for 13 from his four overs as the Windies lost wickets from the outset and never recovered. The rot set in from early when Denesh Ramdin wafted at a wide ball from seamer Umesh Yadav and feathered a catch through to Dinesh Karthik for two with 10 runs on the board in the third over. Tragedy followed in the very next over when Shai Hope (14) called Shimron Hetmyer (10) for a sharp single but then hesitated and comically ended up at the non-striker’s end with his partner in a devastating run out. The left-handed Hetmyer learnt little from the experience and skied a pull at a short ball in the next over from pacer Jasprit Bumrah for wicketkeeper Karthik snare the catch running around to short square leg. Veteran Kieron Pollard’s return to international cricket for the first time in 15 months was met with disappointment, labouring 26 balls over his 14 before failing to clear long on in the 10th over from left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya. And Darren Bravo’s first appearance for the Windies in two years was also an unflattering one, the left-hander scoring just five before tugging Kuldeep to Shikhar Dhawan at long on in the 11th over.last_img

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