TE24 Sports Desk:
Rohit Sharma’s elegant half-century and Dinesh Karthik’s scintillating finish were capped by a solid bowling performance as India eased to a task-less 68-run win over the West Indies in the first T20I on Friday.
It was Karthik’s calculated attack (41 not out from 19 balls) that put India at 190 for 6 when batting. Rohit was building a platform by scoring 64 runs off 44 balls. Last three overs
Indian innings total of 45 runs, which was a turning point.
With a sponge-like effect and little twist and grip stretched, the Indian spinners were Ravichandran Ashwin (2/22 in 4 overs), Ravindra Jadeja (1/26 with 4 overs) and Rabbi Bishnoi (4). I got over 2/26). .. 122 in 20 overs, regular run wickets to restrict the hosts to 8.
Arshdeep Singh (2/24 in 4 overs) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/11 with 2 overs) shared a breakthrough despite some early insertions. So, the poor performance of the top order, barring Rohit, did not have a significant impact on India.
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