India vs West Indies 1st T20, Highlights: Krunal Pandya had a memorable debut as he hit the winning runs to help India beat West Indies by five wickets in the first t20I at the Eden Gardens. However, that was not before Kuldeep Yadav (3/13) led the Indian bowlers’ fine show with three wickets to restrict West Indies to 109/8 in their first innings. This was after India elected to field and the bowlers responded well with the pacers giving them a fine start. In reply, India lost early wickets but courtesy of a fine partnership between Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik chased down the total with 13 balls to spare and five wickets in hand. For his fine performance, Kuldeep Yadav won the man of the match.
India vs West Indies 1st T20, Highlights: On the face of it, this three-match T20 international series, starting in Kolkata on Sunday, provides little context. From Indian cricket’s point of view, focus is firmly set on the upcoming tour of Australia, and the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant might have been better off playing the Ranji Trophy and accumulating some first-class game time ahead of a testing Test series. From West Indies’ perspective too, the next World T20 is two years away, so it’s debatable how much they will gain from this series apart from the fact that their young players will have some valuable international experience.