India vs West Indies 1st T20 Highlights – Feb 16, 2022

201/5 is the highest total of the Eden Gardens, Kolkata venue scored by the Indian neighbors Pakistan against another Indian neighbor Bangladesh in 2016. The home team India’s highest total on this ground is 184/7 scored against New Zealand in 2021. The visitor team West Indies posted their top score at this venue was 161/6 against England in 2016.

In the last three ODI’s SA Yadav was the top runs scorer of the series with 104 runs in three matches. RR Pant scored 85, SS Iyer 80, and the captain of the Indian team RG Sharma 78. From West Indian’s, JO Holder 65, N Pooran 61, and OF Smith 60. M Prasidh Krishna bowled magnificently by taking nine wickets in three ODI’s. AS Joseph took six wickets, Mohammed Siraj, YS Chahal, and JO Holder each of them took five wickets each.

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The visitors West Indies recently won three t20I series at their home against the world’s no 1 ranked team England by 3-2. Absolutely they will carry that confidence. Another side India, they win their last five T20I matches in a row so they are also confident. A total of 17 T20I matches has been played between India and the West Indies team, India won ten of them and West Indies got six victories.

India vs West Indies 1st T20I Highlights today, Wednesday 16-2-2022 – 1st T20I (N), West Indies tour of India from Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Form guide

Last five completed T20Is; the most recent first
India: WWWWW
West Indies: WLWLW

India won the toss and chose to field.

Rohit Sharma:

We’re going to bowl first here. I don’t want to comment too much on the pitch, because it’s played differently every time we’ve played here. We want to have a score in mind so we can approach our batting accordingly in the second half. One eye has to be on Australia, we got to keep ticking the boxes. We’ve played really well as a team, just those little moments of the game we’ve got to seize. Good opportunity against West Indies, a quality side and they’ll challenge us. We’re playing with five batters, one all-rounder, and two legspinners. Chahal and Ravi Bishnoi makes their debut. Ishan Kishan will open the batting.

Kieron Pollard:

We have to bat and we have to bat well. The body is good. Had a niggle on my left knee, had time to go to the gym and physio. Now is the time to represent West Indies, this is where it counts the most, in international cricket. We had one forced change, Jason Holder misses out, he got hit in practice yesterday. Roston Chase gets an opportunity. Our analyst said 194 is the par score, so we have to bat and bat well (laughs). Let’s see how well we can capitalize in the first six overs and then at the back-end, which has been a strength for us.

India team: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Suryakumar Yadav, 6 Venkatesh Iyer, 7 Harshal Patel, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ravi Bishnoi, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal.
West Indies team: 1 Kyle Mayers, 2 Brandon King, 3 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 4 Kieron Pollard (capt), 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Romario Shepherd, 8 Fabian Allen, 9 Odean Smith, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Sheldon Cottrell.

Match Timings: 13:30 GMT | 19:00 Local
Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal, KN Ananthapadmanabhan
TV Umpires – Virender Sharma
Match Referee – Manu Nayyar
Reserve Umpire – Anil Chaudhary
Match number – T20I no. 1467

Suryakumar Yadav:

Looking at the dew, Rishabh and I were having a word inside the square of the wicket the ball was going really fast. So anything on leg stump or outside off, I was just trying to time it nicely. I like batting anywhere, I’m flexible to bat at any position. I badly wanted to finish the game and I’m really happy to finish the game and stay not out. When he (Venkatesh Iyer) came in, there was a difference of just 8 runs, I told him no need of fancy strokes, just play good shots with good intent. He batted really well, very happy with that. Their spinners bowled beautifully. There was no turn but the ball was stopping a bit and there was a bit of bounce. After 10-12 overs there was heavy dew coming in and difficult for them to grip the ball, so good advantage for us.

Kieron Pollard:

Good game of cricket overall, getting down to the 19th over was good on the part of the bowlers. If I’m being honest, between overs 6 to 15 we scored too few runs. We were 15-20 runs short but if you take early wickets you can put them under pressure. But Rohit got off quickly at the start. Of course, it’s an area we can improve (dot balls) but if you try and hit and get out for 90, the conversation will be different. Those 9 overs for 46 runs, if we had another 15-20 in that block there… it’s a matter of setting it up properly. We can dissect it till the kingdom come but we have to execute. Hopefully, come next game, that can happen.

Rohit Sharma:

It did (get tricky). Should have finished that off. We wanted to be a bit clinical in the end. We’re trying to do stuff in the middle that didn’t work out, but happy with the win. We can take a lot of confidence. Restricting a great unit like that to 157 was a great effort by the bowlers. With the bat, we were not clinical, but we can take learning. Bishnoi is a very talented guy, no doubt about it. We see something different in him that’s why we drafted him in the squad. He can bowl anywhere from the powerplay to the back end of the innings as well, giving us options to rotate other bowlers. Very happy with his first game for India, he’s got a very bright future. He’s got solid talent. It’s just about us now, how we use him.

Someone like Shreyas Iyer is sitting out, very hard on him to be out and not make it to the XI, but it’s what the team requires. We need that option in the middle, someone who can bowl. It’s always nice when you have that kind of competition going on. When the guys who are missing come back it’s going to be very challenging to make the playing XI. But I’m happy with that challenge than not having players. We were very clear with Shreyas, we told him the team wants that option (of an allrounder) going into the World Cup. They are all smart guys, professionals and they understand the team comes first.

A lot of things go into deciding the playing XI, the opposition, the conditions, the dimensions of the ground. Yes, sometimes it can be tough for the guys missing out but we are making sure we are giving out a very clear message. Unfortunately but we want to put the team first. (on Ishan’s struggles) That is something I’ve been talking to him about for a long time now, from IPL. He played for MI and was batting in the middle, it’s not his natural position. We saw in Chennai the pitch was turning, he couldn’t get going, but we again, he will know what to do. He was batting with Virat today in the middle (so he can learn). We want to make sure he doesn’t go with too much pressure around him.

Ravi Bishnoi is the Man of the Match for his 2 for 17 on international debut.

The nerves are settled now. I was feeling very good, it’s everyone’s dream to play for India and I was feeling good. West Indies is one of the best T20 teams and I got the chance to play against them. I’ll try to cut down the wides next match. My strength is my length. There wasn’t much dew in our innings. I haven’t played a match with a lot of dew so far, but it does affect you. We practice for it though. I didn’t think I would get Man of the Match in my very first match, it’s a dream come true.

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