India ace finisher Dinesh Karthik’s unbeaten 41 off just 19 balls in the first T20I against West Indies in Tarouba grabbed everybody’s eye.
Karthik came out to bat after the excusal of captain Rohit Sharma in the fifteenth over. The wicket-manager player was simply ready to add 11 runs with Ravindra Jadeja before the all-rounder got excused in the sixteenth over. Karthik was phenomenal at his role as he batted mindfully before going for huge hits against the West Indies bowling attack.
The 37-year-old Karthik began delayed as he figured out how to score only 17 runs in his first 12 deliveries, however at that point he crushed electrifying 24 runs at a strike pace of 342.85 in the last 7 balls of his innings. He was flawless while batting with Ravichandran Ashwin as he added 52 runs in only 25 balls with the off-spinner.
Karthik’s comeback to the Indian time has been a centre table discussion for some time now and it doesn’t appear to stop whenever as he is simply moving high above with game dominating performances.
Karthik’s batting was a treat to eyes for all cricket fans and they botched no a potential open door in valuing his exhibition. The fans complimented him in different ways on Twitter and here’s our pick of the bunch:
India skipper Rohit Sharma was the top-scorer in Tarouba with 64 off 44 balls. While he stood firm on the pitch, he didn’t get a lot of help from the opposite end as India’s top order failed to create a decent show with bat.
Suryakumar Yadav was advanced as an opener yet couldn’t contribute much as he returned to form at only 24 runs off 16 balls. A ton of expectations were on the young batters yet Shreyas Iyer (0 off 4), Rishabh Pant ( 14 off 12) and Hardik Pandya (1 off 3) didn’t perform well. That is when Karthik exhibited his abilities and took India to 190/6 out of 20 overs.
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While chasing 191, Windies confronted a top-notch action from Indian spinners as they wore the pants when the hosts came to bat on a similar pitch. Arshdeep Singh, R Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi took two each and took India to a simple success.
India will take on West Indies in the second T20I on August 1 (Monday) at Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre.