Unsurprisingly, India are 1-0 up in the series without truly hitting the top gear. The credit for their victory in the series opener went to debutant Ravi Bishnoi, who calmed his jitters to finish with figures of 2 for 17 as his contribution helped restrict Windies to 157 – a target to which India got with a bit of an effort.
The wicket column of Bishnai’s first-ever T20I statline may not be too big but his googly-heavy four overs proved a nightmare for Windies batters.
The run chase had a brilliant start, thanks to Indian openers’ 64-run stand following which came a bit of a wobble masterminded by Roston Chase but in the end, Suryakumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer got their team home.
The Men in Blue now stand on the cusp of another series win over the Windies but one has to say that they have yet to perform to the best of their ability.
West Indies’ performance of the first T20I was very uncharacteristic of them. Usually, the men from the Caribbean go all out and do not hold back.
In the series opener, it seemed that they were a bit reluctant to play their natural game. This was evident in them finishing their innings with three wickets left, which would not have happened, had they taken their chances completely.
The middle order, as it has happened often on this tour, failed to do much, with one-down batter Nicholas Pooran (61) and opener Kyle Mayers (31) being the exceptions. Kieron Pollard got 24 off 19 but he did not look comfortable and one would say that he also came in to bat a bit too late. For the captain to bat at number seven when the others are finding it hard to score was a defensive move.