August 28, 2016 8:30:29 am
India might have fell short of just one run while going for the highest ever run chase in the history of T20 Internationals, but West Indies proved why they were the World T20 Champions. Nearly 500-runs were scored, 489-runs to be exact, in 40 overs as records kept tumbling down. At the end of the day cricket emerged the ultimate winner.
India almost pulled off an amazing run chase as they reached 244/4 against West Indies in the first T20I in Florida. A match that went down to the wire saw two hundreds in either innings for West Indies and India but Evin Lewis’ ton ended up on the winnings side. For India, KL Rahul scored unbeaten 110 runs but failed to win it for India.
MS Dhoni won the toss for India and decided to bowl first in the first ever T20I for India at Lauderhill in the United States. That decision was proved wrong by West Indies openers Johnson Charles and Lewis who put together an opening stand of 126 runs.
Lewis, playing his second T20I, scored a century off 48 balls while Charles scored 79 runs off 33 balls to set the stage for a big total for West Indies. But India pulled things back in the last five overs after both the openers were back in the hut.
Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets in a single over and later Jasprit Bumrah picked up three wickets (one run-out) in the final over to put some brakes on West Indies scoring rate. Windies ended up posting 245/6.
“It was an amazing game. We couldn’t have expected more from the batting unit. The last ball, the thinking was right but the execution was wrong. Everything is judged by execution,” Dhoni said after the match.
It was certainly a game for the United States to remember. Here’s how twitterati reacted on the virtual platform.
Bhai yeh cricket chal raha hai ya video game.#IndvsWI
50 over score line in a t20 game! Man..Poo got real #IndvsWI
10th instance of a one run victory in T20Is
2nd such loss for India and 1st such win for West Indies#IndvsWI
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 27 August 2016
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) 27 August 2016
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) 27 August 2016
India play West Indies again on Sunday, August 28, at the same venue in the second T20 International.
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