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India vs West Indies 1st T20 Highlights


Cricket  •  4 Aug, 2023  •  1,979 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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In the ongoing battle between two cricketing giants, West Indies emerged victorious in the first T20I against India, clinching a nail-biting win by just four runs. The Brian Lara Stadium, located in the picturesque Tarouba, Trinidad, set the stage for this exhilarating match. Rovman Powell showcased exemplary leadership with his innings of 48 off 32, propelling West Indies to a total of 149 for six. India, however, despite being in a favourable position at one point, lost its grip towards the end, finishing at 145 for nine in 20 overs.

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A Shaky Start: IND 10/1 in 3 overs

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A significant blow for India as Shubham Gill is stumped early in the innings. Akeal Hosein's tactical slow delivery deceived the Indian opener. Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav, the new man in, got off the mark with a confident boundary, hinting at a potential recovery. India's top order was under scrutiny with the early setback.

The Hope Diminishes: IND 28/2 in 5 overs

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Obed McCoy, coming over the wicket, gets Kishan caught with a sharp delivery. The departure left India two down within the first powerplay. However, the spotlight shifted to the debutant, Tilak Verma, entering the battle. The crowd's anticipation grew, eager to witness the newcomer's performance.

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A Glimpse of Resistance: IND 77/4 in 11 overs

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Tilak Verma showcased his potential with a series of boundaries, proving his mettle. Romario Shepherd's deliveries, however, challenged the batsmen. The match's pace intensified as India looked to rebuild. The middle phase was crucial for setting a strong platform.

Momentum Shifts: IND 113/4 in 15 overs

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Despite an initial no-ball, Obed McCoy managed to restrict the batsmen effectively. The over witnessed India's aggressive intent with Hardik Pandya's boundary and Sanju Samson’s thunderous six. Both batsmen displayed a balance of caution and aggression, reading the match situation.

The Collapse Begins: IND 113/6 in 16 overs

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Jason Holder’s off-cutter dismissed Hardik Pandya, leaving India in a predicament. The over's climax came with Sanju Samson's run-out, courtesy of Mayers' pinpoint direct hit, emphasizing West Indies’ impeccable fielding. India's aspirations seemed bleak, emphasizing the game's unpredictable nature.

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The Nail-Biting Finish: IND 145/9 in 20 overs

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Romario Shepherd, under pressure, bowled meticulously, ensuring the West Indies had the upper hand. The run-out of Arshdeep was pivotal. Mukesh, in the end, faced the uphill task of securing a win but fell short. The atmosphere was electric, with every run and delivery cheered.

A Strong Middle Phase: IND 63/2 in 8 overs

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Tilak Verma's assault on Romario Shepherd became the over's highlight, with two monumental sixes lighting up the stadium. India's intent was clear, aiming to dominate the middle overs. Each boundary inched India closer to the target, and hopes soared.

Testing Times: IND 50/12 in 7 overs

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Jason Holder exhibited a disciplined performance, challenging the batsmen with every delivery. With just five runs from the over, the West Indies managed to halt India’s momentum, celebrating the team's half-century. This period of play emphasized the bowlers' dominance in the game.

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Conclusion

The thrilling face-off between India and the West Indies showcased the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket. Both teams displayed exceptional skills, keeping fans on the edge of their seats till the very last ball. As the series progresses, cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await the forthcoming matches.

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