Hyderabad: Chasing a big total of 209 runs, men in blue gunned down their highest-ever T20I chase and took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series with West Indies at Hyderabad today.
Virat Kohli produced another batting masterclass after KL Rahul’s stroke-filled 62. The duo kept up with the required run-rate collecting a boundary in almost every over before completing a 100-run stand for the 2nd wicket.
Rishabh Pant (18 off 9), who was promoted ahead of Shreyas Iyer at the No. 4 spot gave a glimpse of his destructive self as he hit his first ball over mid-wicket for a huge six.
Earlier, Virat Kohli won the toss and invited West Indies to bat first on what looked like a surface tailor-made to favour the batsmen. Evin Lewis started the innings with a bang hitting a boundary and a six off the 1st overs bowled by Washington Sundar.
Shimron Hetmyer struck a quick half-century as West Indies produced a fine batting display to post a challenging 207 for 5 against India
Hetmyer made 56 off 41 balls which was studded with two boundaries and four hits over the fence to hold West Indies from one end after being sent into bat.
He first added 37 runs with Brandon King (31 off 23 balls) and then shared 71 runs with skipper Kieron Pollard (37 off 19 balls) to lay the base for the West Indies total.