Kohli, Rahul star as India beat West Indies

Indian Captain Virat Kohli led from the front and delivered a spectacular innings as India beat West Indies by six wickets in the opening game of three-match T20I series played at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad on Friday.

Looking at the pitch conditions, Indian Captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first.

Opening batsman Lendl Simmons perished in the second over when pacer Deepak Chahar dismissed him to provide early breakthrough for India.

However, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetymer and Kieron Pollard delivered splendid performances to guide West Indies to post a mammoth score of 207 runs for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Opener Evin Lewis played well and added 50 runs with Brandon King to stabilize the innings for West Indies. Lewis scored a quick-fire 40 runs off 17 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes, whereas Brandon King smashed 31 runs off 23 balls with the help of three fours and one six.

Middle-order batsman Shimron Hetymer found form with the bat in the opening game of the T20I series against India. Left-hander played exceedingly well and scored 56 runs off 41 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes.

Captain and all-rounder Kieron Pollard also made a valuable contribution at the later stages of the innings, as he struck a rapid fire 37 off just 19 balls, which included one four and four sixes.

For India, Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal bowled well and claimed two wickets, whereas Ravendra Jadeja, Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar claimed one wicket.

Virat Kohli delivered a scintillating innings to help India beat West Indies by six wickets in opening game of the series at Hyderabad

In reply, India got off to a flying start as Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul added 30 runs in the first three overs. Sharma perished for a low score to see India lose their first wicket in the fourth over of the innings.

Indian Captain Virat Kohli came to the crease and played positive from the start. He put on a 100-run partnership with Lokesh Rahul to see India take control of the game. Rahul played well and smashed half-century to see India score at a brisk rate. He scored 62 runs off 40 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes.

After Rahul’s departure, it was all Virat Kohli’s show as premier batsman delivered a masterclass with the bat. He smashed unbeaten 94 runs off 50 balls with the help of six fours and six sixes. Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant also chipped in with 18 off 9 balls with the help of two sixes.

For West Indies, left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 1 for 24 in his four overs. Khary Pierre and Kesrick Williams conceded more than ten runs an over in the game.

For his outstanding batting performance, Indian Captain Virat Kohli was awarded man of the match.

The second game of three-match T20I series will be played at Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.

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