Updated: Aug 1
Highlights from the first T20I between India and West Indies: Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma powered India to 190/6, restricting West Indies to a meager 122/8.
West Indies had trouble starting their pursuit (AP)
Highlights from the first T20I between India and West Indies: Rohit Sharma's graceful half-century and Dinesh Karthik's explosive finish were supported by a strong bowling effort as India easily defeated West Indies by 68 runs on Friday. Karthik's measured attack—an unbeaten 41 off 19 balls—helped India reach 190 for six after being called into bat—while Rohit's 44-ball-64 provided the foundation. The turning point occurred in the final three overs of the Indian innings, which produced 45 runs. Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (2/22 in 4 overs), Ravindra Jadeja (1/26 in 4 overs), and Ravi Bishnoi (2/26 in 4 overs) performed well on a surface with spongy bounce and some turn and grip. took wickets consistently to hold the hosts to 122 for 8 in 20 overs. Despite some early failures, Arshdeep Singh (2/24 in 4 overs) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/11 in 2 overs) both made significant breakthroughs. A poor performance by the top order, except Rohit, therefore had little impact on India.