India would have liked to win the toss on a good batting track in Kingston by Virat Kohli wasn’t lucky with the coin toss. After his sixth loss at toss, Kohli was asked by West Indies skipper Carlos Barthwaite to bat first.
On a windy day in Kingston, India could not capitalise on a good platform laid by Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and managed only 190 runs from 20 overs for the loss of six wickets. The opening pair of Kohli and Dhawan shared 64-run stand in just 5.3 overs.
India looked good for a total well over 200 after the opening partnership and Dinesh’s Karthik’s 48-run innings, but West Indies got the momentum back in their favour with four quick wickets at death.
India showed their intent early by sending in Kohli and Dhawan as openers and they did not hesitate to take on the West Indies bowling. Kohli began the match with six and by the time was dismissed with a slower ball from Kesrick Williams in the sixth over, he had made 39 runs.
After hitting Williams for a six and a four to start the sixth over, Kohli went for an ambitious shot off the third ball but failed to pick the slower one from the bowler, mistiming it to mid-on.
Two balls later, Dhawan, who had just began to take charge, was involved in a mix up with new batsman Rishabh Pant and Williams produced a direct-hit to run Dhawan out.
Dinesh Karthik and Pant had to rebuild the innings and they did exactly that. While Karthik played the role of senior player by taking the risk, Pant struggle for his 38 runs in the middle.
They added 86 runs from 59 balls before Karthik tried a sweep and was bowled by Samuels for 48 off 29 balls. Pant, who had somehow managed 38 runs off 33 balls, was dismissed trying a ramp shot against Jerome Taylor.
MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav fell in consecutive overs to leave R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease. They managed to play out the two overs and added 26 runs off them. But, India were clearly short by 10-15 runs given the start they got in the powerplay. The wind did not help either as most players were dismissed hitting in the wind.