The Rohit Sharma-led players brought up an all-around display to beat by a margin of 68 runs in the first Twenty20 international match against the West Indies. After the bowlers battled together to restrict West Indies to 122/8, Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik aided India by amassing 190 runs.
In the opening T20I of the five-match series on Friday, Shreyas Iyer toiled with the bat against the West Indies (July 29). But in the fifth over of the innings, Shreyas Iyer made an incredible diving play that blocked Nicholas Pooran from smacking a six off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin.
Well, that’s a SUPERMAN move by @ShreyasIyer15!
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When Pooran decided to attack Ashwin on the first ball of the fifth over, he sprinted down the track and lofted the ball into the air. Iyer, who was standing deep in the middle of the wicket, leaped acrobatically to his right to collect the ball, but his right leg was millimeters from the fence.
West Indies could only muster two runs as a result of Iyer’s decision to throw the ball back into the field of play.
The right-handed batter, who was picked as the playing XI’s third batter over players like Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan, and Sanju Samson, was unable to start his innings. For a four-ball duck, he was forced to go back to the pavilion.
Iyer is currently one of the Indian team’s greatest fielders and fittest players with a safe pair of hands. The 27-year-old was previously vying with his domestic teammate Suryakumar Yadav for a middle-order berth, but since Hooda, Samson, and Kishan have surfaced, the rivalry has been more intense. Iyer played well in the three ODIs, but his mediocre batting performance in T20Is is still evident. He would be desperate to accumulate some runs in the upcoming matches. Before the debut of the IPL in 2022, he gained notoriety for three consecutive, immaculate fifties against Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I series played at home.
Regarding the opening T20I between India and West Indies, the former batted first and amassed 190/6 in 20 overs. Rohit Sharma, the skipper of India, ended up scoring 64 runs off just 44 balls with the aid of 7 fours and 2 sixes. In the course of this innings, Rohit surpassed Martin Guptill of New Zealand to take the top spot among men’s T20I run scorers.
Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravi Bishnoi all emerged with two wickets each as India secured a 68-run victory after restricting West Indies to 122/8 in 20 overs, thanks mainly to Dinesh Karthik’s incredible 41-run knockoff just 19 balls with the addition of four fours and two sixes.