Experienced Dinesh Karthik played a superb 31-run cameo to take India to a five-wicket win against the Windies in the first Twenty20 international (T20I) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Debutant Krunal Pandya provided terrific support to Karthik from the other end as India won with 13 balls to spare. Chasing a paltry 110-run target, India suffered a rare top-order collapse, losing Rohit Sharma in the first over, after which Shikhar Dhawan followed suit. Then Karthik enforced a 38-run partnership with Manish Pandey to bring the Indian chase back to its feet. After Pandey’s departure, Karthik batted responsibly with Krunal Pandya to help India go one up in the T20I series. For the Windies, Carlos Brathwaite was the most successful bowler, who finished with figures of 2/11. Oshane Thomas also grabbed two wickets by giving away 21 runs.
(Last Updated On: November 4, 2018)