1st T20I: Saini helps India restrict imprudent West Indies to 95/9
LAUDERHILL (USA): Debutant pacemakers Navdeep Saini claimed three wickets in an impressive spell as India restricted the reckless West Indies to a miserable 95 by 9 in its first T20 international match on Saturday.
Opting for the field, the six Indian bowlers got at least one wicket each with Saini returning 3/17 figures in their debut game. The Indians were also helped by the reckless approach of the West Indies hitters.
There was no substantive association in the entrances of the West Indies, the highest being 34 between Captain Carlos Brathwaite (9) and the top scorer. Kieron Pollard (49) for the sixth wicket. Nicholas Pooran (20) was the only other West Indies hitter who obtained double digits.
India opened the bowling alley with the non-rotating Washington Sundar (1/18) and got a wicket in the second ball with John Campbell directly hitting the deep center fielder Krunal Pandya.
The other starter Evin Lewis fell in the second with pacemakers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/19) hitting him with a knuckle ball to shake his wood. Both openers could not open their accounts since the West Indies were reduced to 8/2.
Despite the two quick wickets, the West Indians continued to be aggressive in their approach and Saini exploited the situation by claiming two wickets on two balls in the fifth most.
Pooran, who looked dangerous after hitting two six, went for a great shot, but the ball shot into the air for wicketkeeper Rishab Pant to take an easy catch. Shimron Hetmyer (0) then dragged the ball to the stump for Saini's second gate.
The West Indies procession to the locker room continued with Rovman Powell (4) defeating Khaleel Ahmed (1/8) the next day, 6th, as they were reduced to 33 by 5 at the end of Powerplay.
Pollard and Brathwaite reduced their attack instincts for a while and played a sensitive cricket to stay together for eight wickets during which they added 34 runs.
Brathwaite and Sunil Narine were fired in the 15th and 16th overs respectively, as the West Indies could touch 100 at the end.