Live Cricket Score – West Indies vs India, 1st T20I, Trinidad

Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the opening game of the five-match T20I series between the West Indies and India, at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad. Hit refresh for the latest updates.

A comprehensive win

Not much of a fight from the West Indies lower order as they finish with 122/8 as India register a 68-run victory to begin the series. R Ashwin (2-22), Ravi Bishnoi (2-26) and Arshdeep Singh (2-24) are the chief wicket-takers for India after Rohit Sharma (64) and Dinesh Karthik (41*) set up the formidable total. The action shifts to Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts where the second and the third T20Is will be played on August 1 and 2.

The struggle continues

After Hardik bowls a tight over, Bishnoi continues his good spell. A couple of stumping appeals referred upstairs but Paul survives the Bishnoi over. Arshdeep is back and he gets the yorker spot on to have Hosein bowled to leave WI at 101/8 in the 17th over.

Quick wickets

As soon as Bishnoi is introduced, Powell should have been ready for a googly. But he did not pick it and is bowled off the wrist spinner’s first ball. Hetmyer tries to go over extra cover off Ashwin but a mistimed shot results in a catch to Suryakumar. Bishnoi picks up his second as Odean Smith is out stumped for a duck in the 14th over.

Ashwin dismisses Pooran

A promising partnership between Pooran and Rovman Powell comes to an end in the ninth over. It’s his struggle against offspin that has got the better of Pooran again as he tries to play a late cut but ends up edging the ball to Pant behind the stumps. WI are 67/4.

Brooks falls, WI three down

A run-a-ball 15-run stand comes to an end in the sixth over as Brooks departs for 20 off 15. He was early into a flick and missed the ball from Bhuvneshwar to be bowled. West Indies end the powerplay at 42/3.

Quick wickets after a positive start

Mayers and Brooks score a boundary apiece off Bhuneshwar in the first over. Mayers also takes the attack to Arshdeep, striking a six and a four. However, he falls in the same over top edging a slow, short ball to midwicket. Holder is promoted to No. 3 but the move doesn’t work as he’s bowled by Jadeja for a four-ball duck. West Indies are 27/2 after three overs.

Karthik, Ashwin power India to 190

A couple of quiet overs is made up in an expensive 19th over, with Karthik and Jadeja scoring two sixes and a four between them to take 21 off the Holder over. McCoy ends up giving away 15 in the final over with Karthik (41* off 19) scoring two fours and a six and putting on an unbroken 52-run stand off 25 balls with Ashwin (13* off 10).

Rohit, Jadeja fall in quick succession

End of a good knock from Rohit, who finishes with seven fours and two sixes in his 44-ball stay. Lookking to flat-bat a slower ball over cover, Rohit finds Hetmyer taking a diving catch in the deep. Jadeja ends the over with a boundary but he falls in the next over, finding the fielder at short thirdman to give Joseph his second wicket. India are 138/6 after 16 overs.

Fifty for Rohit but Hardik departs

Despite the wickets, Rohit has remained positive, in line with India’s new approach in T20Is. He gets to a 35-ball fifty with two successive fours off Joseph. But Hardik falls in the same over, ramping a short delivery to thirdman where McCoy takes a good catch. India are 104/4 after 12 overs.

Rohit powers India’s progress but Pant falls

The India captain has struck regular boundaries, including a pull for a six off Joseph, as he helps India make good progress despite the couple of quick strikes. Pant also gets into the act with a couple of boundaries off Keemo Paul but ends up edging the last ball of the 10th over to short thirdman to depart for 14 off 12. India are 88/3.

Hosein strikes to end positive stand

Surya gets across and whips Joseph’s second delivery over the fine-leg fence and upper-cuts over the ‘keeper’s head for a four in the same over. But Akeal finally gets his reward as Surya, looking to whip over midwicket, gets a leading edge to Holder at short thirdman to depart for 24 off 16. Shreyas Iyer departs for a duck in the next over, trying to flick a McCoy delivery but edging it slip to where Hosein grabs an excellent diving catch. India end the powerplay at 45/2.

Surya survives

Two lucky breaks for Suryakumar off the first two balls bowled by Akeal Hosein. The first one was a uppish drive to cover where Kyle Mayers puts down a tough chance. The next ball, a miscued sweep, lands between the bowler and the converging fielder from mid-on. Rohit executes the paddle-sweep for a four off the last ball. India are 25/0 after 3 overs.

The start

Rohit is off the mark with a single in the opening over bowled by McCoy while Suryakumamr whips away a low full toss in the same over to get his first runs via a boundary. Rohit then comes down the track to send Holder’s first delivery sailing over covers for the first six of the match. In the same over, Suryakumar punches one away for a four as 15 come off the over.

We have a surprise at the top of the order. Suryakumar Yadav is out to open along with Rohit Sharma.

Toss and teams:

West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran has won the toss and the hosts will bowl first. Alzarri Joseph makes his T20I debut for West Indies. Ravindra Jadeja returns to the India eleven after missing the ODI series due to an injury.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh

West Indies (Playing XI): Shamarh Brooks, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul

Build-up

This series against the West Indies, then the Asia Cup, followed by T20Is against Australia and South Africa will give India plenty of prep time for the T20 World Cup to be played in Australia later this year. Several frontline players were rested for the ODI leg of the Caribbean tour and most of them are available for the T20Is. Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah will also miss the T20 matches but the arrival of Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has given the Indian team additional boost. Shimron Hetmyer returns to the West Indies setup while all-rounder Odean Smith and paceman Obed McCoy add more variety to the team. Having gone down 0-3 in the ODIs, West Indies will be hoping to bounce back strongly in the T20 matches.

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