It was not the night of captain Rohit Sharma but then Dinesh Karthik had shown in the previous IPL that he can also claim a piece of Eden Garden. With an unbeaten “31 runs”, the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders anchored a chase that had run into early turbulence, with Manish Pandey first and then India debutant Krunal Pandya who hit the winning runs in this five-wicket victory.
Dinesh Karthik And Kuldeep Yadav Shine As Hosts Win By Five Wickets
Debutant Oshane Thomas and Carlos Brathwaite had rocked India, chasing 110 for their first T20 win against West Indies in four years, with some express stuff on a wicket that aided such bowling. Brathwaite established the dismissal of KL Rahul, before poking him with a short ball and pitching it before bowling the first wicket in the process. He also induced a poor stroke from Rishabh Pant.
Cranking it up, Thomas got one to go through Rohit and take a slight edge and then disturbed Shikhar Dhawan’s furniture. It was 4/45 when Pant fell, worse than West Indies who were 4/47, before Dinesh Karthik and Pandey absorbed the pressure with a 38-run stand and before he and Pandya took India home.
Unlike India, the West Indies suffered early setbacks due to poor batting. Good balls for fast bowlers – like the debutant Khaleel Ahmed made a goal in Denesh Ramdin and put the shore or when he hit Kieran Pollard with the ball or the Jasprit Bumrah delivery that defeats Darren Bravo but missed out on the outer edge —- Do not get wickets.
India was not the best while fielding; K. Rahul and Krunal Pandya did mis-fielding or wrongful mistakes and Rahul gave a fantastic opportunity in the deep. But none of that mattered and spinner came too.
Ramdin’s wooden feet gave Umesh Yadav his only wicket of the evening. Then the run-out that was symptomatic of all that was wrong with West Indies’ batting on Sunday. Shai Hope turned one to the on-side and ran but when Shimron Hetmeyer changed his mind midstream, both were running to the same end. Hetmeyer gave Karthik work when an attempt to swing at Bumrah gained more height than distance.
At 28/3 and gasping for breath, the West Indies were asphyxiated by Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav. Kiron Pollard will hit the Pandya for six — will be 39 balls for the next border – but once trying to repeat the arrest when he was forced to reach one of the left-hand spinners.
West Indies Innings
|S Hope||run out (Pandey)||14|
|Ramdin||c Karthik||b U Yadav||2|
|Hetmyer||c Karthik||b Bumrah||10|
|Pollard||c Pandey||b K Pandya||14|
|Bravo||c S Dhawan||b K Yadav||5|
|R Powell||c Karthik||b K Yadav||4|
|C Brathwaite||lbw||b K Yadav||4|
|Allen||c U Yadav||b Ahmed||27|
|Extras||0nb 3w 0b 2lb||5|
|Fall of Wicket||Batsman|
|22-2(3.1 ovs)||S Hope|
|56-6(12.3 ovs)||R Powell|
|63-7(14.5 ovs)||C Brathwaite|
|Rohit||c Ramdin||b Thomas||6|
|S Dhawan||b Thomas||3|
|Rahul||c Bravo||b C Brathwaite||16|
|Pant||c Bravo||b C Brathwaite||1|
|Pandey||c & b Pierre||19|
|K Pandya||not out||21|
|Extras||0nb 4w 4b 5lb||13|
|Fall of Wicket||Batsman|
|16-2(2.5 ovs)||S Dhawan|
Man of the Match
Man-of-the-Match Yadav had West Indies playing in hope. Dhawan made his first wicket happen with a running effort to pouch Darren Bravo. Rovman Powell couldn’t read a googly and Carlos Brathwaite went so deep in the crease that he could have felt Karthik’s breath from behind. When Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav bowled in tandem, West Indies lost four wickets for 29 runs in eight overs.
Fabian Allen, another debutant along with Khary Pierre, swung his bat but gave Ahmed his first T20 International wicket. Keemo Paul and Pierre took 16 off Umesh Yadav, who bowled the 19th over, and given how they bowled, West Indies were left ruing how underwhelming they were with the bat.
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