Team India defeated West Indies in the first T20I by six wickets at Eden Gardens in Kolkata to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Chasing 158, the home team went off to an impressive start, with skipper Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan forming a dominating opening stand of 64 runs. Rohit scored a quickfire 19-ball 40 with the help of 4 fours and 3 sixes before Roston Chase dismissed him.
India lost Kishan (35), Virat Kohli (17), and Rishabh Pant (8) in quick successions before Suryakuamar Yadav (34 not out) and Venkatesh Iyer (24 not out) formed an unbeaten partnership of 48 runs for the fifth wicket to take the hosts over the finish line.
Earlier, after being put to bat first, West Indies posted 157/7 on the board in their allotted 20 overs. Debutant Ravi Bishnoi shined with the ball for the hosts, taking a couple of wickets for just 17 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
With his figures of 2/17, Bishnoi scripted a record as he joined the elite list of India bowlers who have picked up 2 or more wickets on their debut in the shortest format. Apart from the leg-spinner, Harshal Patel also picked up two scalps for 37 in 4 overs.
For the visitors, Nicholas Pooran top-scored with 61 from 43 deliveries with the help of nine boundaries, including five sixes. Opener Kyle Mayers (31) and captain Kieron Pollard (24 not out) chipped in with valuable contributions to take Windies to a competitive total.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 16, 2022
Very impressive debut from Ravi Bishnoi. 17 dots in 24. The direction can get better (6 wides) but lots to like.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 16, 2022
You expect better from West Indies in t20s. Two take aways for team India in this game, Ravi bishnoi’s bowling and Venkatesh Iyer finishing the game. #INDvWI
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 16, 2022
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) February 16, 2022
Garda macha diye, Bishnoi sahab! 😄
A dream start for @bishnoi0056 in international cricket.
— Lucknow Super Giants (@LucknowIPL) February 16, 2022
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) February 16, 2022
India go 1⃣-0⃣ up!
— ICC (@ICC) February 16, 2022
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) February 16, 2022
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 16, 2022
Times when bowlers are made to look like they have prepared for a Spanish test and the exam paper turns out to be Klingon.
Like that six by SKY. Mad shot
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) February 16, 2022
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) February 16, 2022
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) February 16, 2022
SKY put us on the brink with a fantastic boundary through backward point 👌
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 16, 2022
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) February 16, 2022
The win percentage of Rohit Sharma as an T20I captain is 82.60
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 16, 2022