Tilak Varma seemed very a lot at residence on his worldwide debut earlier than India made a multitude of a modest run-chase to lose the opening T20 Worldwide towards the West Indies by 4 runs right here on Thursday, August 3, 2023.
Rovman Powell (48 off 32) performed a captain’s knock to take West Indies to 149 for six after the hosts opted to bat on the Brian Lara Stadium.
With 37 wanted off the final 30 balls and 6 wickets in hand, India self-destructed to finish at 145 for 9 in 20 overs.
Jason Holder introduced the West Indies again into the sport by producing a maiden within the sixteenth over, when he discovered the stumps of India skipper Hardik Pandya (19) earlier than Sanju Samson (12) received run out.
Tail-ender Arshdeep Singh (12) made the sport extra attention-grabbing with a few fours within the penultimate over, making use of an additional fielder within the circle because of the residence staff’s gradual over charge.
Ultimately, Romario Shepherd was capable of defend 10 runs off the ultimate over.
The only shiny spot of the chase was Varma’s fearless 39 off 22 balls on his maiden outing for India. The 20-year-old southpaw dispatched West Indies’ quickest bowler, Alzarri Joseph for again to again sixes over deep sq. leg to announce his arrival in worldwide cricket.
His third and ultimate six got here off an aerial drive of pacer Shepherd.
It was not the best of pitches to bat on and many of the Indian batters discovered stroke making powerful.
The opening duo of Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill perished cheaply earlier than Suryakumar Yadav (21) and Varma received collectively.
Suryakumar got here up with a spectacular lower quick off Joseph that went all the way in which earlier than the star Indian batter was caught brilliantly by Shimron Hetmyer at further cowl.
Earlier, Powell and the in-form Nicholas Pooran (41 off 34) took the hosts to a decent whole.
Apart from Varma, pacer Mukesh Kumar, who made his Check and ODI debut earlier on the tour, was additionally handed his maiden T20 cap.
With the brand new ball not doing a lot within the powerplay, the Indian tempo duo of Mukesh and Arshdeep Singh was not capable of put the West Indies top-order underneath stress.
Hardik launched spin within the fourth over and Brandon King (28 off 19) made his intentions clear with an inside out six over cowl off Axar Patel.
Yuzvendra Chahal (2/24) was introduced into the assault within the following over and a struggling Kyle Myers (1) missed a slog sweep off the leggie’s googly solely to be adjudged lbw. The replays confirmed the ball was lacking the stumps however Myers selected to not evaluation.
Two balls later, King missed a straight ball off Chahal to be trapped in entrance. It was the primary recreation of the tour for the Indian leggie.
Pooran, contemporary from his sensational hundred within the Main League Cricket ultimate, seemed in devastating contact from ball one.
He dispatched Axar for a six and 4 within the cow nook area, leaving the West Indies at 54 for 2 in six overs.
Powell then received into the act and smashed three sixes and as many fours to taking the innings ahead.
Nevertheless, the West Indies have been by no means capable of get the ultimate flourish, including 42 runs off the final 30 balls with the lack of two wickets.
Apart from Chahal, Arshdeep (2/31) additionally chipped in with two wickets for the guests.