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West Indies vs India – First t20 won by the host West Indies

In a thrilling encounter, West Indies emerged victorious, showcasing their resilience and skill as they outwitted India by four runs. The T20 match saw both teams fight tooth and nail, but it was West Indies’ exceptional performance that sealed the win.

Batting first, West Indies battled on a slow Tarouba pitch, posting a challenging total of 149 for 6. Rovman Powell, their captain who was left out in the previous one-day series, proved his mettle with a brilliant knock of 48 runs. Alongside him, Nicholas Pooran contributed with a valuable 41. Indian bowlers Yuzvendra Chahal and Arshdeep Singh claimed two wickets each, but it wasn’t enough to contain the West Indian batsmen.

During India’s chase, it was evident that the young T20 team, assembled with the future in mind, struggled to cope with the present challenges posed by West Indies. Despite some determined efforts, India fell short of the target, finishing at 145 for 9.

As the match approached its climax, the momentum shifted back and forth. When Hardik Pandya was dismissed, India needed 37 runs off 29 balls, and the game seemed evenly poised. Even in the final over, with ten runs required and three wickets in hand, the result hung in the balance. However, Romario Shepherd’s impressive performance tipped the scales in favor of West Indies, showcasing their competitiveness even in the presence of their experienced players.

Akeal Hosein, who had returned from the Major League Cricket tournament in the USA, set the tone for West Indies early on by claiming the crucial wicket of Ishan Kishan in the powerplay. His outstanding figures of 1 for 17 in four overs, including 14 dot balls, played a pivotal role in building pressure on India’s batting lineup. Jason Holder, Obed McCoy, and Romario Shepherd skillfully varied their pace, making it difficult for the Indian batters to score freely.

The challenging pitch proved to be a hurdle for India, as Suryakumar Yadav could manage only one run behind square. Both debutant Tilak Varma, who top-scored for India with a brisk 39 off 22 balls, and captain Hardik Pandya were dismissed by well-executed offcutters. Despite a late cameo from Arshdeep Singh, India could not stage a comeback.

West Indies’ victory highlighted their ability to adapt and perform under pressure, showing the world that they are a formidable force even when facing formidable opponents like India. This thrilling match served as a testament to the exciting and competitive nature of T20 cricket, leaving fans eagerly anticipating more gripping encounters in the future.

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