India wins 1st T20, still 100% on tour of the West Indies


TAROUBA, Trinidad: India extended its winning streak on the tour of the West Indies with a 68-run victory on Friday in the first of five Twenty20 internationals.

India, which swept the three-match one-day international series, chose to bat first and scored a competitive 190-6.

Captain Rohit Sharma hit 64 in 44 balls at the top of the innings and No. 7 Dinesh Karthik was 41 not out off only 19 deliveries, with four fours and two sixes. Karthik and Ravichandran Ashwin (13 not out) shared an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 52 runs.

Karthik was player of the match.

Two India players failed with the bat — No. 3 Shreyas Iyer was out for a four-ball duck and Hardik Pandya scored 1.

Pacer Alzarri Joseph took 2-46 in his four overs. Fellow quick Jason Holder claimed Sharma, who was caught by Shimron Hetmyer, but his four overs also proved expensive at 1-50.

The West Indies reached 122-8 in reply. Shamarh Brooks was the team's top scorer with 20 off 15.

Brooks was bowled by medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had bowling figures of 1-11 from his two overs. Arshdeep Singh (2-24), Ravi Bishnoi (2-26) and Ashwin (2-22) all contributed wickets from four overs each.

The second T20 game is at Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, on Monday with a third match at the same venue on Tuesday.

The last two matches of the T20 series will be played at Lauderhill in Florida.

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