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First T20I: India beat West Indies by 5 wickets

Prime News, National and International Sport, Cricket, Kolkata, November 5:- The first T20 International between India and West Indies at Eden Gardens here turned out to be a thriller after the West Indies were dismissed for a score of just 109 after being put in to bat first by skipper Rohit Sharma.

The West Indies never really managed to make their presence felt, losing wickets at regular intervals. Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer had another day to forget, crumbling cheaply which set the stage for an embarrasing collapse.

Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers, picking 3 wickets with seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed contributing effectively as well.

However, the West Indies fought hard to dismiss the openers early, exposing the middle order which seemed all set to collapse on a tough pitch.

However, a vital partnership between Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey ensured a victorious chase, with Krunal Pandya providing some valuable support from the other end in the last few overs.

India enjoy a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and will be looking to ensure similar performances in the upcoming matches as well,

West Indies: 109/8 in 20 overs (Fabian Allen 27; Kuldeep Yadav 3/13)

India: 110/5 in 17.5 overs (Dinesh Karthik not out 31, Krunal Pandya not out 21; Carlos Brathwaite 2/11, Oshane Thomas 2/21). (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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