India vs West Indies, 1st T20I at Hyderabad, WI in IND, Dec 06 2019 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st T20I (N), Hyderabad, December 06, 2019, West Indies tour of India
(18.4/20 ov, T:208) 209/4

India won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
94* (50)
Full commentary

10.55pm So that's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. Some excellent batting from both sides today. Some very ordinary bowling, barring Chahal and Hayden Walsh Jr, though. See you in 48 hours for the second T20I. Till then, it's goodbye from Saurabh Somani and Sreshth Shah

10.45pm Time for the presentation.

Virat Kohli, the man of the match: "To young batsmen watching, don't follow the first half of my innings. I was batting poorly that time. I didn't want to put KL under pressure but I couldn't get going. Luckily got that one over from Holder, and then I began to analyse why I'm going wrong. Realised I'm not a slogger but a timer instead, and then changed my playing style. I'm not someone who wants to entertain by hitting in the air. The aim is not to play slam-bang cricket. One of Rohit or I have to play long in this team. That's the role I play in every team I play in. Basic funda is that I don't want to change my game too much for T20Is. I'm an all-format player. I just want to score runs every game. There are a lot of distractions when you're chasing a big total. Like the scoreboard. But after 4-5 dot balls, the game puts you in a zone where you have no option but to focus on the game again. Williams had given me the notebook when he dismissed me in Jamaica, so I remembered it from there. We gave each other a high-five later. Play hard but respect the opponent."

Kieron Pollard: "Batters did a good effort. You'd take 208 ten out of ten times. We lost due to the extras column. Nearly 2 and a half overs of extra deliveries. Yes, it was a batting wicket, but if we executed our plans better, it could've been a different story. There are only two areas where we lost the game in. Usually we tend to focus on negatives, but a lot of positives to takeaway today. King and Hetmyer showed great intent. Fielders did well. In the end, we need to improve, and we will win if we learn to tick more boxes. Can't fault the effort of the guys."

10.35pm We'll have the presentation soon. You don't want to miss what Kohli has to say tonight. By the way, if Kohli wins the MoM award, he will tie with Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi for most MoM awards in T20Is

Aravind: "That winning shot by Kohli today was almost a carbon copy of the one by Dinesh Karthik to steal the Nidahas Trophy from Bangladesh"

KL Rahul: "Everyone likes me when I score runs. In T20Is, I honestly don't plan my innings according to strike-rate, especially batting second. Depends more on the target. First few balls I'd still like to make use of the wicket. Important to lay a solid foundation as an opener, because there are power hitters in the back end. Want to do better in the next couple of games. Playing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy helped a lot. Doesn't matter how many hours you spend in the nets. Winning games gives me the most confidence. Did that with Karnataka, happy to do it with India. Good that I can carry my confidence across tournaments. Tried to keep the game simple."

Gsurav: "The only reason he doesn't have 100 hundreds by now is because he doesn't open. Another missed today because target achieved already. "

sravan: "It's a known and accepted fact all over the world by now that you don't rile up Kohli in a chase. WI didn't do their homework."

10.27pm India cruise to victory, and it's all thanks to the India captain, who accelerated beautifully through the innings to give India the 1-0 lead. Good to see Kohli and Pollard embrace too - shows that both men keep their differences on the field. Don't forget Rahul's innings either. He set the base for Kohli to ease into the chase.

Vijit Mahaur: "If Virat Kohli were a software, it would have got updates everyday."

Mayukh Banerjee: "WI conceded 23 extras compared to 6 by India. 17 "extra" extras count for a lot in a T20I"

Kohli's progression:

1-10 Balls - 7 runs

11-20 Balls - 13 runs

21-30 Balls - 19 runs

31-40 Balls- 28 runs

41-50 Balls - 27 runs

Devesh: "20 in his first 20 balls. 74 in his next 30. Masterclass stuff. "

Stat alert: This match witnessed the most sixes in a T20I game in India

Williams to Kohli, SIX runs

speechless! And that's his highest T20I score as well. India win, and he pumps his fists in delight. But what a classy way to end the match. Full, outside off, and he checks a glorious drive over long off to hit the final nail in the coffin. Proceeds to remove his helmet, stands in the middle of the pitch, and then raises his arms so that the crowd can enjoy the moment too. India win by six wickets

Kohli only two runs away from his highest T20I score

Williams to Kohli, 2 runs

full, outside off, and he comes down the wicket before driving to wide long off for another couple

India need seven off 10.

Williams to Kohli, SIX runs

magnifique! Full, outside off, and he goes inside-out over cover for six! Kohli is pumped. Mutters something to himself before punching his own bat in aggression. Team 200 too

Williams to Kohli, 2 runs

full, on middle, and bunted to wide long on. They scamper back for two

Dube at the non-striker's end

end of over 1811 runs • 1 wicket
IND: 193/4CRR: 10.72 RRR: 7.50
Virat Kohli78 (46b 6x4 4x6)
Kieron Pollard 1-0-10-1
Sheldon Cottrell 4-0-24-1
Pollard to Shreyas Iyer, OUT

takes a stunner! And then celebrates like a boss. Good length outside off, and Iyer flat-bats a shot back to the bowler's left. But he dives on the followthrough and stretches both hands out before taking a spectacular catch. Folds his arms and then points to the skies above. A rare failure for Iyer

Shreyas Iyer c & b Pollard 4 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Arun Prakash: "I used to admire the wrist flick fours from VVS Laxman. But Virat's wrist flick sixes are just out of the world."

Pollard to Kohli, 1 run

length ball outside off, and Kohli drills a shot to wide long off. Wanted two, but Iyer didn't see the captain's call

Pollard to Shreyas Iyer, 1 leg bye

full on middle and angling down leg. Tries to flick, but misses. Hits his pad and rolls away. Pollard reviews for lbw after the umpire says no. Replays confirm that the ball pitched in line but would've missed leg stump. West Indies lose a review

Pollard to Kohli, 1 run

good length on middle. Flicked to the leg side for a single. Kohli runs across to the other side with wobbly legs like Mr Bean

Pollard to Kohli, SIX runs

creamed! Full, angling in, and whipped with beautiful wrists over deep midwicket. Gives the bowler a stare too...

Pollard to Kohli, 1 wide

length ball on middle, but going down the leg side

Pollard's done his followthrough, but hasn't released the ball. Quite a familiar trick. But Kohli isn't happy. Looks at the square-leg umpire and points to his watch

Pollard to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run

good length, on middle, and mistimed to deep midwicket

India need under nine per over now. Here's Pollard, because the other bowlers, Hayden Walsh Jr, is a spinner

end of over 175 runs • 1 wicket
IND: 182/3CRR: 10.70 RRR: 8.66
Shreyas Iyer3 (3b)
Virat Kohli70 (43b 6x4 3x6)
Sheldon Cottrell 4-0-24-1
Kesrick Williams 3-0-44-0
Cottrell to Shreyas Iyer, 1 run

full, outside leg stump. Iyer exposes his stumps and then guides a shot to deep midwicket

Cottrell to Shreyas Iyer, 2 runs

length on middle, and tapped with soft hands to midwicket for a single. Cottrell runs across and stops the ball, then throws it to the keeper.... but it trickles away for an extra overthrow

Sid: "Absolutely no complaints today from Rishab. With a well set batsman at the other he went for it and got a quick fire 18 to remove pressure of Kohli. "

Cottrell to Shreyas Iyer, no run

full, on off, and mistimes a drive to Pollard at cover

Iyer, the birthday boy, at No. 5

Cottrell to Kohli, 1 run

length ball, angling across, and he plays a late cut to third man for a single

Cottrell to Pant, OUT

holes out at long off. Slower ball, full outside off, and mistimed because he's through the shot too early. Cottrell gives the salute to the crowd to celebrate

Rishabh Pant c Holder b Cottrell 18 (9b 0x4 2x6) SR: 200

Ankit Samariya: "In tis shortest format of the game, you cannot afford to give 21 Extras. This is gonna hurt WI big."

Cottrell to Kohli, 1 run

full on middle, and driven with the bat's open face to extra cover

Kashyap: "Never lose your competitiveness V. Kohli. With age you are becoming a gentleman but the fighting spirit makes you different than others. Don't lose that." -- and here's Cottrell

end of over 1623 runs
IND: 177/2CRR: 11.06 RRR: 7.75
Rishabh Pant18 (8b 2x6)
Virat Kohli68 (41b 6x4 3x6)
Kesrick Williams 3-0-44-0
Jason Holder 4-0-46-0
Williams to Pant, 2 runs

full, just outside off, and he whips this to Lewis at deep midwicket. Chance of a run-out if it was a direct hit though...

Free-hit incoming. Williams has already travelled for 21 in this over

Williams has overstepped again! The TV umpire confirms.

Williams to Pant, (no ball) 2 runs

full, on off, from around the wicket. Wedged into the gap near mid-on and Kohli forces Pant to come back for the second

Deepak: "Love to see young Kohli back again..flamboyant, sledging, wearing his heart on his sleeves.. he has been too much of gentleman recently due to focus on test cricket.. "

Williams to Pant, SIX runs

slower ball, very wide outside off, and hammered past the long-off fielder! Enough power to clear the boundary

Rishav: "You don't make Virat Kohli angry! Not when he is after a run chase. "

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